Chord symbol playback: "Realize chord symbols" dialog shows an extra root note

• May 21, 2020 - 13:50
Reported version
Graphical (UI)
S4 - Minor

OS: Windows 10 (10.0), Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 461f048

  1. Open the attached score.
  2. Click on Csus4, then right-click and select "Realize Chord Symbol."
  3. Click on the "Show more" button and look under "Notes."

Result: There is an extra root note. This happens for all chords.

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chord_playback_root_notes.mscz 5.01 KB


Status active by design
Type Functional Ergonomical (UX)

That is indeed the desired effect and as such by design. There are other options to tweak that behavoir

Status by design active

Surely, it must be a bug. Every chord has an extra root note in the "Notes" column of the "Show more" box which is not present in the realized chord. There doesn't appear to be any didactic reason for it.

Just want to sanity-check. Here's what I'm seeing for the Csus4 chord symbol in the attached score:

Intervals: 0 0 5 7
Notes: C, C, C, F, G

Is this really correct?

Status by design needs info

My question exactly. Here's the realized chord on the staff:
And, as Spire42 has pointed out, the notes in the "Show more" display are "C, C, C, F, G."

Status needs info by design

Indeed, absolutely by design. The point is to hear the root in the bass range as would normally happen in any professional realization of the harmony, independently of how the notes might happen to be arranged in the mid-range voicing. The point is to get pleasing playback, not a literal spelling of the chord.

Status by design active
Type Ergonomical (UX) Graphical (UI)

OK, wait, I see the issue isn't about the actual realization, just the display in the dialog. Yes, there is an extra root displayed there. This is displayed, I think because the bottom note of the chord may not be the root (if you write C/E). But probably that's not needed.

Status active by design
Type Graphical (UI) Ergonomical (UX)

But why are there three Cs instead of two?

Further, don't the first two intervals listed (0 and 0) indicate that those three Cs are the exact same note (and octave)?

The intervals are simplified (octaves reduced). The intervals are correctly showing the actual voicing, which includes the bass note. The notes is for whatever reason starting out by always showing the root, then appending the intervals to it. So it's technically by design, but I don't get the design even though I mentored the project, so I'll leave this open pending comment from the author.

These intervals are semitones above the root. The 5 and 7 are thus the F & G. It's not necessarily meant to be very interesting to the user, but it's a raw dump of the internal data structure.

A suggestion :

  1. In "Realize Chord Symbols" > "Show More", Change "Intervals" to "Intervals (semitones)"; …
  2. … and add the octave number to each note in "Notes: e.g. C major = C2, C4, E4, G4.
  3. Allow tooltip to appear when hovering over a chord symbol, showing "Notes".