This seems like a simple idea, but potentially very, very useful. Namely, to create a new function, or else some kind of plug-in, that would play chord-symbols, regardless of the notes below them (as a possible option), or that would play back "lead sheets" containing chord symbols, that never had notes below to begin with.
In fact, There are only four or five programs that I know of which perform such a function, so creating such a new function would dramatically increase the versatility of MuseScore.
One such program is "Band-in-a-Box," another is "iReal Pro," another is "Improvisor".
Automated playback could be as simple as a block-chord of whatever instrument the user already has installed, or it could possibly include a kind of automatic arpeggiator using the same. It would not have to be more complicated than that, as long as the playback followed the beat correctly.
I have a handful of scores that include only the melody. Sometimes I would like to hear a playback with simple chord accompaniment, but I could easily type in the chord symbols myself; typing in the notes, however, is a bit of a challenge for me, and at the moment, I have no MIDI connection to "play" them in, either. Either case would require time, and sometimes all I want is a quick "sketch" of how the piece sounds, without too much concern for accuracy and style.
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