Roman Numeral Font and Roman Numeral Analysis Text

• Feb 20, 2020 - 12:44

When I annotate roman numerals in a score, I use the staff text option to create the roman numerals. But I just noticed that in the style pallet one of the text styles is a style called Roman Numeral Analysis, see:

Main>Format>style>Text Styles>Roman Numeral Analysis

I haven't found a "text" option for roman numerals in the main pallet, and was curious if there is such a thing; or if not, how would one use the roman numeral option analysis option?

Attached is an example of how I am currently annotating roman numerals (its a lesson on John Mehegan's method for rootless voicing). I am always looking for ways to improve my use of Musescore!

Thank you,

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I have now "augmented" the explanation. I think you'll find the system works very well in general, but unfortunately Mehegan deviates from the more common RNA conventions in a number of ways you'll need to explicitly work around. Some of his quirks are due to trying to combine traditional RNA with information that is not "functional" at all but instead relates to the jazz "color tones", but some are just quirks.

For example, the "x" is an invention is his as far as I can tell, and while I tried to support the most common usages use cases I could find, probably if you try to use it a lot you'll find places it get turned into a double sharp. To prevent it, precede the "x" by a backslash ("\"). Similarly, the inclusion of 7, 13, and 9 all in the same symbol seems a Mehegan-ism, normally 13 already implies all of those. So the parsing system is going to completely misunderstand that. To get the same look as what you have in your second measure, you'll need to use backslash to escape the "7", and you will need to add the superscripted versions of the other numerals and parentheses manually from the Special Characters palette (or add those characters to a custom palette of your own, not a bad idea if you go this route).

In reply to by videodesk

Chord symbols do appear above the staff by default. Just use Ctrl+K or Add / Text / Chord Symbols.

Roman numeral analysis is something rather different, and it is almost always written below the staff. But if you have some special reason to want to flip it above (or wish to put ordinary chord symbols below), pressing "X" will flip most markings between above and below the staff.

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