Workaround: Using Irrational Time Signatures in Musescore
Hey everyone. For a while, I've really been wanting to use irrational time signatures. I don't think they're amazing, but they can make for an interesting composition sometimes. Unfortunately, Musescore doesn't seem to want to support this feature, and it's not without reason; irrational time signatures are quite frustrating to read. But for people like me who want to use these time signatures, it's a bit annoying that you can't use them.
However, I've come up with a solution. Here it is:
- Open the Master Palette
- Navigate to "Time Signatures"
- Edit the display of the time signature you want to whatever you wish (in this example I'll use 5/12)
- Change the denominator of the actual time signature to 4 and the numerator to whatever the numerator of your irrational time signature is (in this case the actual time signature would be 5/4)
- Figure out how fast a quarter note is in your irrational time signature at whatever tempo you want to use. This is the hardest part. I want to have 60 beats per minute on a quarter note, and since my time signature is 5/12, each quarter note will be at 180 beats per minute.
- Set your tempo to the tempo that you figured out each quarter note would be in your time signature, then click it and press V to make it invisible
- Note your tempo that you would be using for an irrational time signature (in this case 60 bpm on a quarter note) somewhere in your score
It's an annoying workaround, but it actually ends up working. If you have any questions please ask. I'll link an example in this post.