Change default enharmonic spelling of accidentals ?

• Feb 13, 2019 - 02:25

(sorry if my nomenclature is incorrect)

Is there a way to make MS avoid the use of flatted notes & chord symbols, and default to sharps instead ? For example, when I transposed a tune down a whole step, MS converted C to Bb (notes and chord symbols). I would like it to give me A# and A# chords instead (I know I can select all the Bb notes and hit J, and I can manually paste in the A# chord symbol at each note).


To change every accidental to a sharp, select a selection and press the down arrow followed by the up arrow. You can use ctrl+a to select everything.

if you transpose as "By Interval: Diminished Third => Down", you can get the result you want.
C => B => A # <= "diminished-third interval"

After you do this, you can delete the key signature in the first measure; Or you can add C# Major (7 sharps) key signature (which is the closest) to the first measure.

The default spelling should already be correct, are you saying you want it to be incorrect? That is, if you transpose down a major second, you want accidentals spelled as if you had actually transposed down a diminished third? I'd suggest simply doing that transposition then. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding something. Attaching your actual score and steps to reproduce the problem would help us understand and assist better.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hello, friends.

My question is how to change the enharmonic spelling of the CHORD SYMBOLS. The nifty J keyboard shortcut is great for re-spelling the notes, but the chord symbols above the staff do not follow suit.

To be more specific, the problem that I am currently having is that, after typing in several pages of chord symbols above the staff, such as F#, and so on, I have inadvertently ended up with a score in Gb but with all the chord symbols using sharps. The key signature is Gb, and the notes do whatever I ask when pressing J, but the chord symbols refuse to adapt to the FLAT spellings. I have tried transposing to different keys and back, but nothing seems to fix this. Help!

I'll attach my score, if you don't mind having a look at it and sharing some of your expert counsel.

In fact, I started out with a GuitarPro file, and added the chord symbols to it, so it may have some bugs in the document acquired during the conversion. There is also a key change half-way through, where the entire song is repeated in the new key. In fact, I typed out the whole score in concert key, and then re-defined the staff properties to display the part for alto saxophone.

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In reply to by ErikJon

I've solved a similar problem by transposing up and then down (or v/v) by different but 'equivalent' intervals, eg, "augmented unison" and "dimished second". There's surely some systematic way to do this (per
Marc Sabatella), but so far a bit of trial & error has worked for me

In reply to by ErikJon

Not sure how the score got into this state, but to get it out, I guess the thing is to ask MuseScore to transpose the notes and key but not the chords. Probably a couple of ways to do that, but this worked for me in MuseScore 3.3.4, should work in older versions too:

1) enable Concert Pitch
2) Ctrl+A to select all
3) Tools / Transpose (Notes / Transpose in 2.3.2)
4) select key of F#, uncheck chord symbols
5) OK
6) Transpose again
7) select key of Gb, check chord symbols
8) OK
9) disable Concert Pitch

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