About default Treble Clef for Greek Bouzouki

• May 20, 2020 - 16:06
Reported version
S4 - Minor

I wrote that topic to the: "Home Forums Support and bug reports" https://musescore.org/en/node/305701

"About default Treble Clef for Greek Bouzouki

Hi. The reason for this topic is a notification i want to express (to the developers of MuseScore i suppose) about the correct way to write music for the Greek Bouzouki instrument. Inside the MuseScore when i start a new score for Bouzouki the program use as the default key the Treble clef 8va bassa. This is wrong!!! The right key for Bouzouki is the standard Treble clef just like the violin does!!!! I am from Greece, i am a music teacher, teaching the Greek 4-strings Bouzouki, and i am very sure about that. I hope to see this change in the future when there will be an update version of the software!!! Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. Thanks for your understanding.

Best regards
Dimitris Malinis, Musician"

and someone suggest me to post it here...so i did that. I hope someone see it and resolve that issue to the next software update!!! Thank you.


This is not available in a General MIDI soundfont, so we can only try to find the closest approximation.
You can search for and use a Bouzouki soundfont yourself though

Status PR created fixed

Fixed in branch 3.x, commit 78bc9c10aa

_Fix #305705: part 2, gp[345] mtest failures

apparently Guitar Pro picks the clefs for the first instrument from
instruments.xml with a matching sound of nylon strings, which now fails
as Bouzouki just got changed to use a regular G clef in #6101.
The real issue gets solved by fixing off-by-one errors in
ínstrtemplate.cpp, detecting Guitars (and G8vb clefs) only starting with
steel strings!_

Status PR created fixed

Fixed in branch 3.x, commit 9b93615258

_fix #305705: part 3, Bouzouki uses metal strings (and some more)

As the HQ soundfont has a sound for 12-string Guitar, this seems an
almost perfect match for Bouzouki (using courses rather than strings
Changing that for the 12-string Guitar too, of course.
While at it I detected that the HQ soundfont also has sounds for Ukulele
and Mandolin, so let's use those too (and fall back to nylon strings
Also fix some marching band percussion instruments to use the correct
soundbank (and the same the Small Marching Band template use already)
even if that bank is currently not populated (but is in the latest
update to the soundfont), didn't sound before, doesn't sound with the
current soundfont (so no harm done) but will with the updated soundfont_

Fix version