Moving the position of F#

• Feb 11, 2017 - 16:55

For reasons that I don't really understand, Hungarians feel that in a key signature the F# should be on the lowest space of the treble cleff rather than on the top line. I am copying over some Hungarian music and I would like to do it the way that the composer wanted it. Is there any way to move just the F# without moving all the rest of the sharps in a key signature?

I have attatched an image of how the A-maj/F#-min key signature would look.


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In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thanks Jojo, but I am not seeing how courtesy key signatures are relevant to my problem. It seems to be the case that you can only move the whole key signature vertically. I was hoping there might be a way to just move one of the sharps. I suspect there isn't. I have only figured out how to move the whole thing.

The one idea I have had is to somehow hack it, using an alto clef key signature. I haven't tried that, yet.

In reply to by Jake Sterling

You can make a custom key signature. Press sinft-T and the select key signature. There is a limitation to this that you will have to decide what to do about. The key signature is not honored by MS. It looks like the F# will play (and the G# is also moved BTW), but when you click an F it will show as an F-natural.

There are a couple of ways of overcoming this shortfall. One is to write it with the normal key signature, then replace it with the custom. The problem is that the sharps will be shown on each F, C and G. If there are no accidentals you can make every sharp invisible by right clicking a # and selecting all similar elements and pressing V. They will turn invisible but you will have the space left there where they still exist. If there are accidentals you can do it by selections by selecting sections of music with no accidentals and selecting all similar elements in selection (or whatever it says).

Another option is to use a picture to cover all of the standard key signatures with what you want it to look like.

If you don't care about playback then you don't need to worry about the accidentals, just use the custom key signature.

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