Notehead scheme

Updated 1 month ago

You can chose choose any one of nine notehead schemes for a standard staff. To set a notehead scheme:

  • Right-click on a staff and select Staff/Part Properties…; click on Advanced Style Properties… and chose from the "Notehead scheme" dropdown list.

The schemes are as follows:

  • Normal: This is the default scheme and the one the vast majority of people will use: it is also the only scheme in MuseScore 1 and 2. It uses normal noteheads which can be changed via the Noteheads palette or the Inspector.
  • Pitch name: Noteheads automatically and dynamically change to include the English pitch name in the notehead.
    Pitch names
  • German pitch name: Just like the previous one but B will be replaced by H, and Bb by B.
    German pitch names
  • Solfège Movable Do (also called Tonic Solfa): Noteheads include the solfege syllable, depending on the degree in the scale. It uses Ti and not Si.
    Movable Solfa
  • Solfège Fixed Do: Noteheads include the solfege syllable for the note name. As used in France, Italy, Spain, etc... It uses Si and not Ti.
    Fixed Solfa
  • 4 Shape (Walker): Noteheads follow the four-shape system used in books such as William Walker’s Southern Harmony (1835).
    4 Shape (Walker)
  • 7 Shape (Aikin): Noteheads follow the seven-shape system used in books such as Jesse B. Aikin’s The Christian Minstrel (1846), and books by the Ruebush & Kieffer Publishing Company. It's the most used 7-shape system.
    7 Shape (Aikin)
  • 7 Shape (Funk): Noteheads follow the seven-shape system used in books such as Joseph Funk’s Harmonia Sacra (1851).
    7 Shape (Funk)
  • 7 Shape Walker: Noteheads follow the seven-shape system used in books such as William Walker’s Christian Harmony (1867).
    7 Shape Walker

(For more info about the different variant of shape notes, see the SMuFL specification)

The setting applies to a given staff and the notehead will be used when entering and editing notes. Here is an example.

Note names

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