Duplicate every note in a chord an octave up?

• Jul 31, 2020 - 18:07

In the transition from MuseScore 3.4.2 to 3.5, I've noticed that the "add interval" function has changed slightly. In 3.4.2, I used to be able to add an interval to every note selected in a chord. After consulting the changelog, I did indeed find that this function now only adds one note instead of duplicating the entire chord, and for good reason.
However, I most often use MuseScore for creating hyper-condensed orchestral reductions (which I understand is a pretty niche use), and the "add interval an octave above" function worked especially well for doubling entire chords an octave above the original (ex: a triadic trumpet line might be doubled verbatim an octave above).
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I'm not asking for a change in the existing functionality, but maybe an additional command to double every note in the chord an octave up? This isn't a big deal, but it could certainly help save a lot of time.


The closest workaround I can think of currently is:
1. Copy
2. Exchange voices with an available voice
3. Paste back
4. Ctrl-up to move the pasted thing up an octave
5. Select range again
6. Tools → Implode

In reply to by jeetee

Jeetee's idea would work for me rather well because I have shortcuts so I don't have to access any menus for any of this. I would switch steps 3 & 4 though.

  1. Copy
  2. exchange voices 1 & 2 - add your own shortcut
  3. Move whats already there up an octave (voice 2 will move but that's OK)
  4. paste (will paste notes into voice 1)
  5. Select range - isn't necessary if you have complete measures since they're already selected
  6. Implode - add your own shortcut - only voice will be left

There is one oddity, if you do this to the first 3 beats of a 4 beat measure, all beats will be exchange in the measure, but every thing will be put back into voice 1 after the implode

A workaround is to ctrl+click each notehead and then alt+8. It would be better if it worked by just selecting the chord, I agree.

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