key signature issue

• Mar 3, 2021 - 22:59

New user here. Thanks for any help in advance.

I'm writing a piece that starts in Em. I have put the proper key signature at the start of the piece but when I play it back all my Fs are natural, not sharp. I have to put the sharp sign on the note to have to play back properly. Am I missing something? If not, whats the point of having the key signature other than for the reader?


It's hard to guess what might have gone wrong without seeing the score. So please attach it and then we can understand and assist better. Because indeed, normally, if you've added a key signature, and you didn't go out of your way to enter the F's as naturals, they should certainly play with sharps.

I'm thinking you entered the notes and then afterward entered the Key Signature. If so, MuseScore stores these notes as pitches so an F is an F (natural) and adding a Key Signature doesn't change the pitch of the notes that have already been entered.

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