Control vertical offset of bass notes in chord symbols

• Feb 1, 2021 - 04:18

Hi! I noticed some pretty exciting things with the new font defaults for slash chords. In particular that with Chord Symbols -> Appearance -> Style set to STANDARD, bass notes now appear noticeably lower than the chord, which is a huge improvement.

Would it be possible to carry this improvement over when Style is set to Jazz? It really helps to see the bass notes be visibly lower than the chord. Or, at least have some sort of a way to configure the vertical offset for the bass note?


I'm not sure what new defaults you mean, but there haven't been any changes to the default layout of chord symbols in quite some years. Bass notes have always appeared slightly lower in the standard style, To customize this, you would need to create your own custom chord description file based on chords_jazz.xml in the styles folder of the application. I the line that says "renderBase", you will see a string that looks like "m:0:1". Change the 0 to see it move the bass down that number of "points". You can tell MuseScore to use your custom file in Format / Style / Chord Symbols.

In reply to by RobKastler

Hmm, I don't think so. You can change size of other elements using the model in chords_jazz.xml, but I don't see a way to make that work for notes. Feel free to post this as a Suggestion in the Issue Tracker. More customizability for the rendering of chord symbols is something I'd like to see happen for MuseScore 4.

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