Bold chord symbols?

• Jan 27, 2021 - 10:12

Hello, in the last upgrade the standard font for chord symbols got slightly smaller and thinner (or "un-bolder") . This is not to my liking. Is there a way to load the old style?

Or better yet: Does anyone have a chord style with bolder and bigger fonts? I'd prefer a standard font with serifs that look like a traditional computer font - even though I noticed that the included style cchords_muse.xml have slightly bolder font, I don't prefer the handwritten feeling of that style and its still a bit small to my liking.

For clarity I attach samples of the old font, the new font and the style cchords_muse.xml


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The change is FreeSerif to Edwin (and a different size 12pt vs. 11pt), you can change that back in Format > Style > Text styles > Chord symbols

In reply to by micsor

As I also work almost exclusively with melody and chord symbols (figures), I personally prefer the font that was in the original version.
We know that the chord symbols (figures) are not yet patronized worldwide.
Taking advantage of this topic I ask: Does the manual have a table as MuseScore recognizes the chords as it was elaborated in the Band In a Box manual for example? (Attached file)...

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Acordes do Band In a Box.pdf 354.12 KB

In reply to by AndreasKågedal

Hello AndreasKågedal thanks for the indication of this synthesis however, I had already read this topic in the manual. As a participant in this forum, a music teacher and user and a regular fan of MuseScore, I understand that this explanation is very vague and ambiguous and deserves an improvement according to all the existing content and tools in MuseScore that are being greatly improved. Imagine a beginner student beginning to assimilate harmony. He would have a lot of doubt in these explanations regarding the writing of the chord symbols. I understand as a didactic wealth the making of a table (not the same) but similar to the one I attached in a previous message. This facilitates correct writing because, often, the musician writes the characters of the chord symbol, but MuseScore plays with an incorrect sound interpretation, precisely because of the sequence of the characters written incorrectly.

I know that Marc Sabatella is a master Harmony teacher, maybe he could elaborate this table for help and didactic improvement of the students, mainly beginners. I understand to be of great value to everyone!

Strong hug friend!

In reply to by mjbartemusica1

Your pdf file shows the construction of chords. That is, it names the notes which constitute a chord.
It is general music theory, applicable to any music notation software, and not specific to MuseScore.
As such, the handbook does not delve into the theory of chord construction, but rather shows how to "type in" a chord name (its syntax) so it is recognized properly as a chord; and also shows how to enter symbols like ø and Δ.

You wrote:
...often, the musician writes the characters of the chord symbol, but MuseScore plays with an incorrect sound interpretation, precisely because of the sequence of the characters written incorrectly.

Can you post an example of this?
It seems to me that "the sequence of characters written incorrectly" would naturally produce "an incorrect sound interpretation", After all, if one types "C" and expects to hear a "Cm7", that's not MuseScore playing "an incorrect sound interpretation", but rather that the wrong chord is entered..

In reply to by Jm6stringer

Hello AndreasKågedal

What I meant is exemplified in the attached file friend!
Your example is very clear, I consider it impossible "aurally" for a musician to realize the understanding you described ...
I just suggest that the explanations regarding this content be improved with some ok examples. I mean out of consideration for beginners.


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In reply to by mjbartemusica1

As noted, you can set the font however you like. FreeSerif was generally hated by many people, but if you prefer it, it's easy enough to set it back that way. Just be sure the people who will read your score aren't among those who hated it - you might not be doing them favors by going back to it when they might well be among the many who greatly prefer the new font.

Unlike Band-in-a-Box, MuseScore doesn't depend on a fixed list of chords that have to be typed exactly. Instead, we simply parse and understand anything within reason - anything that follows the usual conventions of writing chord symbols.

The rules for chord symbols are pretty simple in general. A chord symbols is

Root quality extension modifiers

Root = a note, like A, B, C, or C#, or Gb, etc.

Quality - something to indicate major, minor, diminished, or augmented. We support a large number of different abbreviations here - M, Ma, Maj, ma, maj, t, ^ - and that's just for major. Similarly a list for minor.

Extension - a number that indicates the highest unaltered extension on the chord. You stack thirds from the scale of the root until you hit that number, then stop. So, 7 means 1-3-5-7. 9 means 1-3-5-7-9. 11 means 1-3-5-7-9-11, etc.

Modifiers are everything you might add after that to say take the chord I just described, and now add the following notes to it, or take the chord I just described and flat the fifth, etc.

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