Making a key from accidentals

• Nov 13, 2018 - 07:42

when making a music, I put the notes and change the pitch accordingly, this obviously leads to a lot of accidentals.
Would it be possible to change the key in a simple way? So far I am thinking of writing a sharp/flat mode of every pitch (e.g. d sharp = e flat) and then find out a key which would fit best with it.
Is there any software which could do it simply? Especially when sometimes the accidentals are needed and cannot make it with only using key signatures.
Thanks a lot!


In reply to by Fera Mrkus

I'm not aware of software that will analyze this for you, but you can force all of the accidentals to sharps by selecting all of the notes then press down followed by up arrow. Likewise you can force flats by using up followed by down. This will make it much easier to determine which key signature would be the best fit.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I don't think pressing j will give good results since it cycles each note though its different spellings. A Bb and A# will never both be spelled the same using J, while down arrow followed by up arrow will always result in an A#. Having a # or flat on every note with an accidental will make it easier to find a key signature.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I see the OP is content with arrows, but I see a problem in version 2.3.2.

I did a quick test with the key of C (which should be used for this purpose) on Respell pitches and the accidentals did not change, which is strange. I would have expected the accidentals to follow the key signature, which in the case of the Key of C should have made B, E, A & D flats and F, C & G sharps, but the D# stayed sharp and Eb stayed flat. BTW, I was using version 2.3.2. If my expectation were correct, this wouldn't help. Seems it won't help anyway. If Repitch notes is supposed to do the same as pressing j, then there s still a problem.

I'm going to do some testing on the last nightly I have and see if this needs fixed.

In reply to by mike320

Follow up:

After a quick test in a recent nightly, I found that the menu item Respell Pitches still doesn't work properly. I put in the following notes A#, Gb, B(b), D# in the key of Eb (3 flats so I didn't put an accidental on the B). After selecting the measure (or selecting nothing) the A# changed to a B(b) as expected but the rest of the notes, including the D# stayed the same.

What do you think Jojo? I'll submit a bug report if you agree. Tell me the expected results.

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