A mode for always getting the corresponding accidental when pressing Up/Down

• Sep 16, 2020 - 10:24

I saw https://musescore.org/en/node/310456 and it got me thinking, why not provide a mode so that pressing Up always gets sharp for notes on a C major scale except for E and B and pressing Down always gets flat for those notes except for F and C? I understand that it can be annoying to want to have E-flat for a specific paragraph but always get D-sharp when entering an E and pressing down. With some tonality changes, a paragraph can have almost nothing to do with the key signature in front, which is shown in many works from the romantic period. It seems a bit too arbitrary to try to decide which enharmonic users should use without giving us any choices except for using J later for every unsatisfying case.


I would welcome a feature that would allow keyboard input of accidentals after entering a note, that's how it worked until 3.3 was released when you defined and used a shortcut for the toolbar accidentals. You must now select the accidental first or use the mouse to apply it from the palette afterwards. Using the palette search function to find an accidental is too many keystrokes.

In reply to by mike320


I hoped I would get used to the 3.3+ behaviour, but I haven't. I thought perhaps I was just too set in my ways but as I said at the time, it seems more natural (no pun intended) to think in terms of D and then sharp as what I am saying to myself is "D sharp" and not "sharp D" (yes, I talk to myself while notating - doesn't every one?).

In reply to by Pentatonus

@Pentatonus: You say "Dis" not "isD". The order is diatonic note name "D" first, modifier "is" last, just like us illogical anglophones ;^)

Looking here on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signature_names_and_translations, it seems that modifier first, note name second is a Japanese/Chinese/Korean thing. Perhaps note entry method needs to be part of localisation (not a serious suggestion).

In reply to by SteveBlower

I'm quite convinced that had the current behavior what we all learned first, we'd find the old behavior an unacceptable inconsistent regression, but I agree it's something I still haven't adjusted to. But I did once make a PR to retroactively apply the selected accidental (and duration, which is also useful I think). Worthy of further discussion I think. See https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore/pull/5505

Do you still have an unanswered question? Please log in first to post your question.