shortcut for enharmonic note

• May 24, 2017 - 19:50

Is the explanation for the shortcut to change a note enharmonic correct? For me (OS: OpenSuse) J changes it both up and down, Shift+J doesn't change anything. Or do I overlook something?


In reply to by kuwitt

The way it should work:

J starts with using the note above, so C becomes Dbb, then B# then C, while Ctrl+J becomes B#, then Dbb then C. For notes with only 2 spellings there is no difference.

Apparently there is a bug so it does not work properly. I never use the Ctrl+J so I never noticed it before. I wonder if it used to work?

The documentation is out of date. Some time ago, the behavior was changed. "J" alters the spelling in both concert pitch and transposed modes; "Ctrl+J" alters it in the current mode only.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

For my own clearness and maybe for updating this minor handbook passage: I don't see still the difference. If I select the note input mode or not, "j" and "Strg+J" work in the same way for me, no matter if I'm using the concert pitch mode or the transposed mode.

In reply to by kuwitt

Are you using an instrument for which there is a difference? Try the following:

1) new score for Bb trumpet, key of C (which will render as D transposed)
2) be sure to have concert pitch off
3) first measure note input
4) enter a whole note A, press down arrow to yield Ab, then press J to change to G#
5) do the same in measure 2 except use Ctrl+J
6) now turn concert pitch on

You should see the first measure with an F# because the J command affected both modes, but the second measure will have Gb.

I would like to correct this shortcut description to the current behavior, but I'm not sure, if it would be comprehensible in this way:

* J: Change note up or down to enharmonic note (alters the spelling in both concert pitch and transposed modes)
* Ctrl+J (Mac Cmd+J): Change note up or down to enharmonic note (alters the spelling only in the current mode)

Or would it be better to remove the shortcut description for Ctrl+J?

(because of the contradiction with the description of the shortcut list in preferences)

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