Accordion: German notation of chords (H=B natural, B=Bb) + using lowcase for chords names and uppercase for the bass

• Mar 1, 2018 - 10:43

I had liked to encode scores using some German convention often used for accordion.
This is partially possible, but some elements are not recognised, resulting in chords transposition errors, some chords being recognised and transposed and other not.

1) German notation "B" and "H":
- B natural is noted as "H"
- Bb is noted as "B"

Is there already such option in Musescore?

2) Accordion scores often use uppercase for the bass and lowercase for the bass and chords played by the left hand:
- D = bass D
- d = D Maj chord
- dm = D minor chord
- d7 = D seventh chord
- Dd = Bass D played simultaneously with the D Maj chord
- Dd7 = Bass D played simultaneously with the D seventh chord
- etc...

Same question: is there a way to achieve this in Musescore?
I tried, but sometimes, the lowercases are displayed as uppercase by Musescore, though they appear as lowercase when I edit them.

Thank you for your support !


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thank you very much for your reply; I indeed zapped this setting (they are many in Musescore ;-)) and I should have looked into "styles".

Actually, "German" is what I need.
"Full German" is also changing "#" and "b" signs to "is" and I am not familiar with that.

I also found the tickbox to deactivate the automatic upper case.
For the bass/chord notation, Musescore has an option to set bass notes in lowercase.
Strangely, what I see in many accordion score books is just the opposite: bass in uppercase and chord in lowercase, but the notation is also a different as "Gc7" is used for "C7/G".
Personally, I find the standard notation "C7/G" clearer than "Gc7", so I will use that one and Musescore will be able to perform the transpositions as aready implemented.

I am impressed by the completeness of Musescore; I adopted it recently and I have still a lot to learn.
Though, I already encode faster with Musescore than with my previous SW.

(out of topic) I also had a question concerning the transposition: is there a way to retain the last transposition for the next call to this menu? It always come back to a full reset of the menu (= zero transposition), which means that the input has to be repeated every time.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

It is just that the notation Gc7 to indicate that the G bass has to be played together with the C7 chord is not know to Musescore, so the transposition would not work:
- Normally, Gc7 + 1 major tone => Ad7 (A bass + D7 chord)
- Musescore gives Ac7 instead.

As said in my former reply, this notation is very specific so I can live with that and simply use the normal notation C7/G instead of Gc7. With auto-uppercase off, It already transposes the chords in lowercase; it is just the combination with a bass that does not work.

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