New feature: dynamic noteheads for shape notes, solfege noteheads
It's a common feature request to be able to create shape notes notation in MuseScore. 5(!) years ago, I even wrote a plugin to be able to do it. Another popular request is the ability to use notename or solfege syllab in the notehead of each note. Here too, someone wrote a plugin.
I felt MuseScore 3 needed a better solution than a plugin for these features. In particular, a plugin has to be applied after the fact and for each new note, or change of pitch, the plugin needs to be run again.
Introducing "Notehead Scheme"
In the current master, and so in recent nightly, it's now possible to choose between 9 "notehead scheme" for a standard staff in Staff Properties > Advance staff properties. The 9 schemes are as follow
- Normal: This is the default scheme and the one the vast majority of people will use. It's also the only scheme in MuseScore 1 and 2. It just uses normal notehead and they can be changed via the palette or the inspector.
- Pitch name: Noteheads automatically and dynamically change to include the english pitch name in the notehead.
- German pitch name: Just like the previous one but B will be replace by H and Bb by B.
- 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.
- 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
- 4 Shape (Walker): Notehead are change to shape notehead following the four-shape system, used in books such as William Walker’s Southern Harmony (1835).
- 7 Shape (Aikin): Notehead are change to shape notehead following 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 (Funk): Notehead are change to shape notehead following the seven-shape system, used in books such as Joseph Funk’s Harmonia Sacra (1851).
- 7 Shape Walker: Notehead are change to shape notehead following the seven-shape system, used in books such as William Walker’s Christian Harmony (1867).
(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 notes and when editing notes. Here is an example.
I hope this feature will be useful for educators, students, or church singers! Your feedback is welcome in the comments.