Changing a score to all flats or all sharps.

• Jun 30, 2019 - 03:32

Would this be difficult to program in? I am pondering attempting it myself.

This would be an extremely useful feature (for me)

By changing a score to all sharps or all flats it enables you to then change from a sharp to flat (or vice versa) key signature with no problem

Example. I have a song in A major, than I want to change to E flat major. This is a disaster. If I just change the key signature. All the sharps stay the same and it is completely illogical. However, if I first changed all the sharps to flats. And then changed the key to E flat, the program does a great job. (And this is what I frequently do manually)


What you are doing is extremely odd. Using tools->transpose to change from A to E flat is the normal method, but this also changes all of the A's to E flats, B's to F's and so forth. The easy way to change the key signature the way you want is to change the key signature, select all of the affected measures the press the up arrow followed by the down arrow. This will cause all notes to follow the E flat key signature and make flat accidentals as needed. Down then up forces a key signature with sharps.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

No. It does work nicely. Thanks.
I am currently reading the manual. (After 3 years I finally decided it may be time. LOL)
You guys really did think of about every circumstance.
Pretty impressive.

I am trying desperately to get away from Sibelius, and use Avid and Musescore. But it is a hard sell.... Thanks for this wonderful program.

However, if I first changed all the sharps to flats. And then changed the key to E flat, the program does a great job.

How does it do a great job? Can you post an example in A major along with your change to Eb major?

I'm trying to understand your use case:
Consider a scale of 8 notes (Do - Re - Mi...) notated in A major (A - B - C...). The sharps are "built into" the key signature, and so do not appear at the F,C,G note locations.
By dragging an Eb major key signature onto that A major scale, the sharps are now exposed, and natural signs appear on other notes - namely the ones that are flatted in Eb.
Now... do you change all those natural signs, too?
If so, to what?

In reply to by Jm6stringer

The real world use case (for me).

I have about 25 or so songs composed in C# major. It is complicated to read, and though not an error, those compositions would be much better suited in D-flat (5 flats vs 7 sharps)
Also, double sharps (the dreaded x) is difficult to sight read. it is just easier to read in 5 flats.

So I want to quickly change from C# to Db.

I have relented am now reading the entire online manual, including keyboard shortcuts.
It looks like the solution give above with the arrow keys works fairly well....

However, I would love to just to be able to instantly change. Maybe an enharmonic equivalent change? Thats really what I want. My Asharp to Eflat wasn't the best example.

Highlight all bars, press up cursor and then down only once each way. That resets everything to flats. Do it the opposite way to make them sharps. In the Jazz world we often don't write key signatures because the key is changing too frequently so we tend to just stick to flats for most charts. Probably a lot of musicians and developers don't understand that but the solution is simple.

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