Choosing the instrument range

• May 28, 2018 - 04:19

I know that I once saw a dialog box where you could choose the note range of an instrument. You also could select expert range, so that very low or very high notes would not have gray noteheads.

I cannot find that info in the MuseScore menus or documentation. Kindly point me to the right place.

Thank you.


In reply to by Shoichi

Yes, thank you. I couldn't find that in the handbook, either. Searching for coloration of out of range notes simply leads to Edit/Preferences/Note Input/Color notes outside of usable pitch range, which of course does not allow any adjustment of that range.

Also, it would be ideal if there were a definition of what the octave ranges mean. For example, for a 4-string electric bass I infer that E1 means an E in the lowest octave the instrument can play (in fact the lowest note the instrument can play in standard tuning), and that E2 therefore means the next highest E and that on this instrument this is the start of the second octave, etc. However, in the score I was reading every note above what should be F3 (i.e., F#3 and above) was colored red despite the fact that F4 was set as the high end of the range. Perhaps this is because the bass is a (one octave) transposing instrument? If that's the reason, it strikes me as a bug.

In reply to by RBass

Change the range in staff properties (Quite obvious tome, where else to expect this?)
And yes, bass is a transposing instrument, shows in bass clef but actually play in bass clef ottava bassa
In order to get tablature working, this quirk is needed, to not really a bug.

In reply to by RBass

As far as the octaves defined for notes, C4 is middle C in MuseScore. This means that C1 is 3 octaves below middle C and F5 is an octave and a fourth above middle C and so forth. When an instrument is transposed an octave, you need to keep this in mind. So the C near the middle of the Bass clef for the Electric Bass is C2, not C3 as in non transposing instruments.


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