changing dynamics up or down shortcut

• Mar 23, 2019 - 15:10

I know how to add dynamics, but is there a way to change the selected dynamic once its in the score? It seems intuitive to be able to change a dynamic in the score, up or down, with the use of arrow or right-clicking the dynamic on the score and choosing a new dynamic from a pull down menu? For example, say I chose ff for a note but now I want to change it to f, I think I should be able to click on the ff in my score and use down arrow once, Alternatively, maybe when I right click on the dynamic on the score a small menu should pop up allowing me to quickly change the dynamic to a new value. If this short cut feature already exists, I could not find it in the documentation.


The easiest way to change a dynamic is to delete it and enter it again. There are other ways, but they are more complicated and take at least as long.

That's kind of a cool idea, though! We could conceivably use one of the shortcuts like Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down (diatonic transpose) for this. The regular arrows keys are for manual adjustment, which is more important overall.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I would think all preselected inspector states would still be preserved when using right click plus up down arrows. For example, say initially, for a piano piece I chose fff on a treble staff note: so therefore I selected to apply it to "staff " in inspector. When I change the dynamic subsequently using the right click up down arrow, to say pp, i would expect the inspector to still maintain the initial condition of "staff"and not revert to both base and treble staffs.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I like this one.

Follow-up question: how should this act on dynamics where the user has changed the text for it?
Up/Down to the closest matching dynamic velocity-wise?

#NotSoRandomThought: some people create a custom palette with dynamics because they use different "default" velocity values; to not aggravate those users too much, there must be a way to make sure their custom "default" velocities are used rather than the "factory defaults" when they cycle through dynamics this way... Perhaps it makes sense to include default dynamic velocities as a score setting?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

If this feature is considered, I thought that when a dynamic is added, a person should not have to specify each time in "inspector" if its to be applied to "staff" or "part" or "system." Can there be a global setting for dynamics? When I add dynamic to a piano piece, and I attach the dynamic to a note in the base clef staff, Musescore should assume I want that dynamic just for the base clef staff, and not assume I want it for both staffs. So an upfront global choice should allow each person to customize the dynamic behaviour for the whole piece. I know that after all the dynamics are added, I can go back and chose in the inspector to apply "staff" to all dynamics in the same staff, but that is too late. Because, by the end of the piece, some of the dynamics could have been applied to both staffs and now I would need to go back and decide again which dynamic is for just one staff and which is for both. So a global decision up front is better than applying inspector at the end, retroactively.

In reply to by Shirly Lyubomirsky

You can use a custom workspace and create custom dynamics that will allow you to change the definition of the dynamic any way you like, then copy it to the custom workspace. I would suggest a palette called Staff Dynamics to make it easier to keep track of. You can then change the dynamic range to staff, copy it to the custom palette and you will have what you want. I do similar things to other items and just thought about doing this with dynamics.

In reply to by Shirly Lyubomirsky

You can use the same mp dynamic on both the bass and treble clefs. Just set the dynamic range on an mp dynamic to staff, ctrl+shift+drag it to the custom palette then add it in the normal way to any note on any staff and it will still say the dynamic range is Staff. The only reason I would use a special palette for these is to prevent accidentally applying it to the piano when you actually want it to affect the entire instrument, which is the most common expectation.

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