Improvement of Lyric Entry

• Sep 15, 2013 - 03:01

Especially, how does one left-justify the lyrics of the first chord in a staff?

If it is possible in the current version, then I have not discovered the method and have been manually adjusting it since I began using MuseScore.

Also, when pasting copied text to a score's lyric in MuseScore, it removes the text from the clipboard, and I have to go back and copy that text again to enter it in a second (or subsequent) place in the score. This should not be the case. When pasting copied data from the clipboard, that data should remain in the clipboard for further use.

Finally, much like Libre Office does, it would be very, very nice to have a dialog box (or pallet) that would allow you to enter whatever character a font contains into your score.


Are you saying you want a feature where MuseScore would treat the first note in each staff differently from all others, left aligning lyrics below thise notes while centering everything else? Is there a reason for this? I can't recall ever encountering this convention.

I think the reason for removing text from the clipboard is so you can have a whole verse in your clipboard and add the lyrics a syllables at a time. It's a useful feature.

I assume you realize you can use any tool you might have on your system (eg, Windows Character Map) to select characters to add. But I agree, would be nice not to have to bring up another tool. Do note there is the F2 palette for music symbols as well as a variety of other characters, but it's not everythng.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

In hymnals, they always try to left-justify the lyric of the first note of a hymn's score, because they number the stanzas, and it looks much neater when the numbers are all aligned with each other. Screenshot - 09162013 - 10:21:04 AM.png

An alternative would be to allow those numbers to be applied (as though a lyric) to the clef of the staff. If the composer puts a period after each number, then align the periods above each other; if they do not, then align the numbers themselves (sort of an optical alignment).

I'll have to get used to the clipboard behavior, then, I guess. On previous Linux distro's I have been able to discover how to access the extended character set (where the typographer quotes, em-dashes, etc. are to be found) and do it through keyboard commands, but I have not been able to find that under UbuntuStudio 12.04 LTS.

As I think I mentioned earlier in the thread, Libre Office has a dialogue box in which you can access every glyph of the Unicode Character Set. Since Libre Office is open source, perhaps that dialogue's functionality could be incorporated into MuseScore, as a separate menu item from the pallet that is already in use; that one is good for music-related glyphs, this one would be for lyric related glyphs.

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2.0 will have "lyrics vers numbers for that (athe nighly builds have them already, in the text Palette) and have them align automagically
Until then 'edit-mode' and nudging them is the workaround

Yes, left-aligning syllables with verse numbers is common enough, and that should be handled automatically. That's not the same as first chord of a system, as verse numbers might not begin a system, and they likely don't occur on any but the very first system. So hopefully 2.0 will address that for you.

As for the text thing, I would have to imagine you could copy the characters directly from LibreOffice, no? What characters are we talking about? Maybe these should just be added to the existing dialog, which after all already includes lyric-relevant symbols like accented characters. This facility has also changed for 2.0, BTW, so it would be good if you installed a nightly build and played with that some so you can get a better idea of how things have changed what further changes might still be needed.

These are the glyphs that immediately come to mind, along with their Character Codes: Screenshot - 09162013 - 11:09:10 AM.png
The last one in the list might look, at first, like an underscore, but it is an em-dash.

Also, people using other languages might want the glyphs that get used in their language (like the left- and right-guillemets in French).

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