Chord Symbol Help

• Jan 9, 2018 - 20:13

I am currently creating a Cheat-Sheet for music class in which it includes diatonic triads and 7th chords.
The thing is, I am having trouble in regards to appearance of the chord symbols.
I need chords to appear sort of like this. (note, the ^ reffers to a superscript, or an "exponent like" position)
C^07 (0 refers to half-diminished)

The "Jazz" feature has helped with some appearances, but not others. Can anyone help me with this appearance issue?


MuseScore doesn't really provide customization of the appearance of chord symbols to that level - it supports only the two most widely-used standards. So while most of those symbols should be display the way you say you want, that is only true to the extent that what you want is standard. And in particular, it would be not standard for the "M" in "M7" to appear superscripted. For very good reason - superscripting it would make it virtually impossible to differentiate from "m". It's hard enough already to distinguish "M" from "m", which is why pretty much all standards call for the use of pretty much anything but "M" for major if you are using "m" for minor.

Anyhow, if you really want this specific appearance for some reason, you can create your own customized copy of the chord description file and fiddle with the rendering settings for that chord. My personal advice, though, is to consider sticking with more standard renderings.

In reply to by Elwin

As I said, we only support the two most popular standards - standard font without superscripting, or handwritten font with superscripting. If you desire a custom rendering - something other than those two most popular standards - you need to do it yourself.

To get to the chord description file, go to Style / General Chord Symbols, select the Custom option, and hit the button to select a file. That opens a file browser showing your the preinstalled files. You can then copy eithe rh standard or jazz file to your own Styles folder and edit it with your favorite text editor. It may take a bit to understand the format - this is not something it was ever intended the average user would be doing.

So again, would highly recommend you question whether it is worth that much trouble when the two most popular standards are already excellent choices, as they are popular for good reason. But if you decide there is some special reason to do so - like work is being done for hire for a publisher who requires some particular format for consistency with their other publications - then feel free to ask questions once you make your first attempts at it.

In reply to by Elwin

There is currently no handwritten font for notes, but you can use MuseJazz for any text you like via Style / Text. Or, if you want all text at once, just use one of the Jazz templates (eg, Jazz Lead Sheet) when you create your score in the first place. Then everything is all set up for you, including some adjustments to line thicknesses etc to give somewhat of a more handwritten look.

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