Adding multiple accidentals to the same note? (not double-sharp, etc.)

• Jul 27, 2021 - 18:28

Does anyone know if it is possible to add multiple different accidentals to the same note?

I'm a just intonation composer, and have been trying to figure out a decent workflow for writing in (at least) 7-limit JI in Musescore. I was toying around with the Xentuner plugin created by Keenan Pepper ( and I managed to rig up a rudimentary version of Helmholtz-Ellis notation using the extended array of accidentals included in the Master Pallet. It's a bit tiresome to have to activate the plugin to re-tune the playback after every new addition, but otherwise pretty effective.

Here's the problem: I can't add more than one accidental to one note, which is severely limiting in this notation system. There are a bunch of naturals, sharps, and flats, raised and lowered by up to three syntonic commas, which makes expressing a fairly broad range (though not infinite) of 5-limit intervals possible. But for 7-limit intervals and beyond the accidentals are all individualized, which makes writing those intervals possible only with the natural notes.

So does anyone know if there is a way to add multiple accidentals to the same note? Or failing that is there a way of importing custom accidentals, in which case I could create individual symbols for each combination of accidentals?


You can add as many accidentals as you want if you add them as symbols rather than actual accidents, by using the Symbols palette (press "Z" to display). All the same accidentals are available, but MuseScore won't attempt to "interpret" them and thus allows you to add and position them as you see fit. Unfortunately, that also means they won't be available for playback or for plugins to interpret.

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