Score navigation suggestion

• Apr 19, 2021 - 11:06


Sorry if this suggestion already exist. I searched "navigat" in the forum, but didn't find anything.

Would it make sense to add a navigation panel in MS, to ease moving from part to part ?
It could typically be based on what'st called 'Repère' in the french version: the text that is added with shortcut CTRL-M.

See attached MS illustration.

Thank you and best regards.

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In reply to by SteveBlower

Thank you Steve, I didn't know it, and it will save me a lot of time!
What might still be needed then, is a help to avoid typing the entire Rehearsal Mark. A RehMark list, for example.
Meanwhile, shortening the RehMark name (eg. Couplet 1a >> C1a), will be a good worakaround, at the expense of reduced readability.

In reply to by Lapiz_Lazuli

Normally rehearsal marks are just one letter :-). Even if you want to use more verbose ones - which I don't recommend, it makes it harder for people reading the score to find a given mark if they aren't obviously sequential - you could simply add invisible seqeuential ones also. Or, you could try View / Timeline.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi Marc,

Thank your for the suggestion of invisible marks.

Regarding the rest of your post, it look like our viewpoints are different - which is fine! :)
- Readability : I find Couplet 1a more readable than C1A, yet I understand that some others might prefer the short form.
- Sequence: the example I provided (Intro, Couplet1A, Couplet1B, Refrain1, Couplet 2A, and so forth) was meant to take into account sequence. Maybe I didn't reach this objective? Unless you place 'Intro' at the end of the score naturally :)
- One-letter rehearsal marks vs longer ones: why not leave it to each score writer to decide what suits best his/her needs?

Now, with the "find" feature mentioned by Steve, the priority of this change request now remains low. On this we shall probably agree. :)


In reply to by Lapiz_Lazuli

MuseScore does leave it to to the writer. I'm just giving you my personal advice as a professional editor and music director.

The word "Couplet" is readable, but it's not a rehearsal mark in the traditional sense. And I don't mean an abbreviation like C1A - I mean simple, normal sequential letters Ab, C, B, D, etc.

Imagine a score six pages long. During rehearsal, the director says, "let's start at Couplet 2". If you don't already know where it that, you'll have to scan the entire score looking for it. It's easier for the players if the rehearsal marks are sequential. Then you can say, "take it from letter G", and they can much more quickly scan through the rehearsal marks because they are in order. If the director then later says, "now let's jump to letter D", you know to scan backwards not forwards, etc. Whereas if he says junp to the "Refrain", you don't know if that's forward or backwards. And so on.

That's why virtually all published scores use short sequential rehearsal marks - either letters or numbers. As a ensemble director, I'm quite sensitive to things that lose time in rehearsal, which is why I brought it up.

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