Gray Notes

• Oct 31, 2013 - 01:37

I have created a violin part for a song. A few of the notes appear gray on the screen rather than black. I don't know how they got that way or how to change them. They print normally. However, I cannot drag fingerings onto them.


It's always easier to answer questions like this if you attach the actual score (and not just a picture of it - the MSCZ file itself).

As it is, I can guess:

- maybe you changed the note color via Note Properties in the right click menu?
- maybe it's not really gray but red (are you perhaps color blind?) and this is how MuseScore tells you that you have entered a note too low or high for the selected instrument to play.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

... indeed it's the highest notes that are grayed, and the local manual showed me how to disable that preference. I didn't mind the coloring (which was gray, and I am not color blind, although they could have been "dark yellow" because I am not sure what that would look like against the tawny color of the background), but I did mind not being able to add fingerings. However, problem solved, and thank you.

In reply to by pdeck

"Dark yellow" renders as a sort of dull olive green. I'd just as soon call it green, personally.

Anyhow, I don't think that is related to fingering. You *can* add fingering to notes that are unplayable. If the note is so far above or below the staff that it collides with notes in another staff, though, it could be a bit tricky to select or drag onto the note in the first place; maybe that was the problem?

I had a really gray note in my score that was inside of the normal range - it was the first one of four equal notes and I have no idea why and how it changed its colour. I was not able to change it back to black (right-click properties or edit element), but I deleted it and inserted a new one, which was then black again.

In reply to by mirkophonix

And so you resurrected a 5 years old thread. Without seeing the score when it was in that condition it is hard to impossible to tell what went wrong, but my guess is that note/chord was outside the amateur range of that instrument, but had a vertical offset (like after a double click and a couple arrow keys) that made it appear at a place within range.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Hello, friends.

I would like to resurrect this old thread, also. Using MuseScore 2.3.2, I have notes which may or may not have originally been written for a higher octave--I cannot remember. At any rate, they are gray, and within range. I've tried to color all notes black with the plug-in, but nothing works. I want the notes to appear black. Attached is the file, but the problem can be seen only at measure 37.

In reply to by Shoichi

Thank you, Shoichi!

This file was imported from MIDI, so it must have been a bug that came over in the conversion.

I saw these notes as colored, but not as "grayed out because they are invisible when printed," so I guess I forgot to consider the possibility of their being invisible. Instead, I was assuming that they were colored because of the "voices" that they represented, or because they were somehow "out of range." Thanks for pointing out the obvious!

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