Simile Mark as Chord Symbol (for either 1-measure, 2-measures, or 4-measures)

• Oct 5, 2016 - 23:15
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion

as reported here:

The percent sign with two slashes is used to indicate that the chords from the previous two measures should be repeated.

MuseScore 2.0.3 currently allows the percent sign to be inputted above a particular chord-rest:


Not quite sure the best position to display the percent sign...I would think the middle of the measure would be best to communicate that the entire previous measure's chord symbols are repeated. And for two-measure and four-measure chord repeat, would be best if it displayed exactly over the barline by default. Also the simile mark should have the slash at about 45-degree angle, as opposed to this percent sign which is a little too vertical.


oh, and the % should have the circles filled in all black.

Also if this these signs were implemented as pallate symbols, then

(note currently can press "Z" to open palette and then search for "repeat" will reveal these symbols, which can be dragged and placed over any chord-rest. But would be nice if have a specific chord-symbol version which would position nicely as default. I'm thinking Ctrl->K keystroke should be % for single measure repeat, and "%%" (i.e. type two consecutive percent symbols) for two measure chord symbol repeat, adn "%%%%" for 4-measure chord symbol repeat.

These sgns should be ordimnary multimeasure repeat symbols, no? Probably some special casing in the parser to recognize strings starting with "%" as indicating this. Like "%", "%%", "%%%%", etc. Or "%", "%2", "%4", etc. Maybe we also use that as an opportunity to look at any parser extensions needed to support Nashville notation.

Yes, these signs would be ordinary multi-measure repeat symbols. My main thoughts would be how to properly position them...I would think would be positioned in middle of a measure if an odd size, but be positioned above barline if even size.

Yes, the parser would have to recognize strings starting with %. Re Nashville notation, what parser extensions would be needed, other than being able to start chords with numbers?

I think at one point you couldn't use the Special Characters palette to insert the symbol in a chord symbol, but now you can. But it might be smaller than you want. So probably all we really need at this point is an entry in the chords_std.xml and chords_jazz.xml that replaces "%" with the appropriately-scaled glyph.

In principle that could done the same way, just more entries in the XML file (unless something in the parser gets in the way, and if so that would need to be fixed too).