Wonding if there is a better way to handle this...
I've attached a sample of music set in Musescore that is in a form of notation called scordatura. In other words, it is music written for an instrument tuned differently than a violin, but the top four strings are notated as if they are fingered on a violin. The bottom three strings are notated at pitch, in bass clef, but sound an octave higher.
My questions are:
1) The piece is in A major. I've created a custom key signature, which applies to the C clef ONLY. However, Musescore defaults to thinking the piece is in A and adds a natural to every E sharp (because it is sharp in the custom key signature, but not in A). Is there a way around this, other than deleting every natural manually?
2) The bass clef should always appear and act as if it is in A major. In other words, an A major key signature should appear at the start of a line if the line starts in bass clef, but courtesy key signatures should not appear mid-line. See line 5, where I've command-dragged an A major key signature and deleted the courtesy at the end of line 4.
3) As the scordatura notation does not appear in the score, I can edit the part on its own — though it does mess up everything, adding and deleting accidentals, in continuous view. This is cumbersome.
4) Is there a way to make Musescore NOT think of these as key changes, but simply the way the key displays depending on which clef is being used? Is this clear?
5) Also, if I uncheck "show courtesy" on the C clef at the start of line 6, the courtesy disappears at the end of line 5, but the space which it occupies remains. This may be a bug, unrelated to my general questions about scordatura.
I know this is confusing, but maybe there is a way to work more efficiently notating scordatura than I am aware of. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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