[Request] Centre-Align Chords: 1) Without AP, 2) Like Lyrics
I'm making a feature request / opening a discussion regarding chord-symbol centre alignment. I think there's 2 issues at hand, as follows, which I've outlined below.
- Auto-placement with centre-aligned chords
- Left-aligned chords don't act like lyrics do
I've had a look around the forums and these are the closest related topics I could find:
https://musescore.org/en/node/10355 (left-aligned chords by default)
https://musescore.org/en/node/17190 (first lyric of melisma left-aligned)
https://musescore.org/en/node/19586 (left-aligned chords by default)
Personally, I prefer the centred look for chord symbols. But since MuseScore 3, auto-placement forces a space between the initial barline and the first note (presumably so that the chord doesn't extend into the bar before / after it). And I feel this rules out the centred option for me, as I try to squeeze as much in to my lead sheets as I can, and this adds a sizeable gap for each chord beginning a bar. I note this wasn't an issue in MuseScore 2. Naturally, the workaround is to disable auto-placement (which would function like MS2); however, I prefer it enabled: it means the chord symbol doesn't overlap with any other elements. Could I request an option that auto-placement not force chords to stay within their own bar?
I have attached 3 relevant images:
1) left-aligned Fma7sus2 chord (in red) leaving a negligible gap (green) in MuseScore 3
2) centre-aligned Fma7sus2 chord (in red) leaving a sizeable gap (green) in MuseScore 3
3) centre-aligned Fma7sus2 chord (in red) leaving a negligible gap (green) in MuseScore 2
Left-Aligned Chords Issue
With lyrics, syllables nicely centre align, even when alignment is set to 'left'; and they dynamically change to left-align when it begins a melisma. However, with left-aligned chords, they are (more predictably) always left-aligned. This causes a visual disjuncture between lyrics and chords when they are both technically set to left-align, but the lyrics will display as centre-aligned without a melisma. I note this feature was not present in MuseScore 2. Could I request an option that chords follow the alignment of the lyrics below them, so that when a lyric is left-aligned (eg beginning a melisma), it follows suit, and when a lyric is centre-aligned (even when the Text Style says it's left-aligned), the chord also conforms?
I have attached 3 relevant images (NB the lyrics in the 2 images are set to 'left-align' in Text Style settings, but appear as centre-aligned, as explained above):
1) left-aligned Dmi7 chord (in red) mis-aligned with centre-aligned lyrics (green)
2) centre-aligned Dmi7 chord (in red) correctly aligned with centre-aligned lyrics (green)
Thus, pairing the 2 issues:
I can choose to left-align the chords -- but this isn't my preferred appearance for the chord symbols and there's the mis-alignment with the lyrics below.
Or I can choose to centre-align -- but this creates a sizeable gap between after the barline due to auto-placement, currently requiring a non-ideal, manual workaround.
Hope this makes sense. Sorry if I've failed to spot features / discussions that already exist.