Spurious time signatures after upgrade

• May 21, 2014 - 18:22

I've transcribed a song with only the baritone part for ease of learning that part. The song is primarily 4/4 but some measures are 2/4. I created the song in version 1.0 and then upgraded to 1.3. Now, some measures have two 2/4 time signatures. Unfortunately, deleting either of the spurious signatures returns the measure to 4/4, even though a 2/4 signature is still there. I've attached a screen capture in case this is not clear. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium. And yes, it prints with the extra time signature. The score is only for my personal use and I can ignore the spurious time signatures but this is still frustrating. What is going on and how can I fix it? Thanks.

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But for the record, hiding those courtesy signatures is a very bad idea. Look at any published music you have access to; if a time signature change occurs with the first measure of a system, there is virtually *always* a courtesy signature at the end of the previous system. Otherweise, it's almost a sure bet people reading it would miss that a change happened. Same with key signatures. If it's a piece you know well and you are positive you will never miss this and no one else will ever read the music, then sure, by all means, do what you like. But courtesy signatures are placed for a reason. They are not "spurious"; they are normal and correct musical notation.

In reply to by Lost Sole

The reason it is done is pretty simple: people tend to ignore the beginnings of lines other than first. The clef and key signature usually don't change from line to line, so they kind of just take up space. Time signature normally doesn't change either, although it is normally not repeated. So people just get in the habit of looking at the first clef, key signature, and time signature, then ignoring the ones at the beginning of lines after that. If a clef change, key signature change, or time signature change happens in the middle of the line, you can't miss it - it shows up right in the middle of the notes you are reading. But if the change happens right at the beginning of the line, there is almost no way anyone would notice, because people are programmed to ignore the stuff at the beginning of lines other than the first - it normally never changes. So without the courtesy change at the end of the previous line, it is almost *guaranteed* people won't notice the change at the beginning of the next. This goes equally for clef changes, key signature changes, and time signature changes.

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