Red notes- classical guitar drop D tuning

• May 25, 2021 - 01:03
  1. Lowest E string drop D
  2. Red notes means they are out of range?
  3. In Staff/Part Properties, I changed E2 to D2 in Amateur & Professional
  4. Edit string 6 from E2 to D2

After doing the above, red notes still red. How do I get them to be black?


Right click the guitar staff and choose Staff/Part Properties

In Part Properties>Usable Pitch Range set the Amateur and Professional values = D2

When you Okay the dialogs the red boxes should disappear.


In reply to by scorster

scorster, I did do the "Part Properties>Usable Pitch Range set the Amateur and Professional values = D2" but clicked the first measure, which didn't work!

I just tried clicking measure 5 with a red note and did the same thing and it worked to get rid of the red notes!

Who woulda known? I thought changing Staff/Part Properties should work no matter where you clicked in the staff. I guess that's a wrong assumption on my part.

In reply to by firepiston

I ran out of time to report the anomaly that right-clicking the first measure of your score failed to set pitch range on the staff after I changed the values of Amateur and Professional.

Then I noticed it worked (and the red warming rectangles disappeared) when I right-clicked a measure on line 2. Measure 3 also worked.

If Measure 1 is the only measure that fails maybe it's some kind of fencepost error.

>> I thought changing Staff/Part Properties should work no matter where you clicked in the staff. I guess that's a wrong assumption on my part.

I don't think that's an incorrect assumption! But for now, at least you have a workaround.


In reply to by firepiston

For some instruments like wind instruments, there are some pitches that are harder to hit than others at the extremes of their ranges. These are notes that are technically within the range of their instruments but are difficult enough to play that music written for a non-professional would generally not include them. The pitches outside of the Amateur range but within the Professional range are marked as yellow to show that they are difficult to play and that you may want to re-think including them in a score if it is not appropriate for the skill level of your players.

In reply to by firepiston

That's because you have an instrument change (marked "Violão (Classical Guitar)" to beat 2 of the first measure. MuseScore therefore divides you instrument properties at that point - properties you apply to measures before the change apply to the original instrument, properties you apply after the change apply to the new instrument that you changed to.

Probably you didn't really mean to change instruments there, but you simply wanted ordinary text, bold. So, just add ordinary text, then set it bold in the Inspector. In this case, I'm guessing you actually meant that to just be a staff name, so really, why not just set the instrument name appropriately rather than manually adding text and dragging to the approximate position where an instrument name would go?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi Marc, thanks! I see what you're saying. Its not mine! I am a novice "borrowing" Andre Lavor's score to edit in my own fingerings and other markings.

Where is the proper place to specify an instrument? First beat? (a rest in this case).

Is it customary to spell out the instrument name in text? I see a lot of scores that does not spell out the instrument name.

In reply to by firepiston

If the score doesn't change instrtuments that is, you aren't asking the guitar player to physically put down one guitar then pick up a different one mid-way through the piece - then the answer is, you shouldn't be using instrument change at all. Simply specify the correct instrument when you create the score. or, if you originally created it for one instrument but then change your mind and wish it to be played by a different instrument - not have the performer switch instrument in the middle of the piece, but simply play a different instrument than the one you originally were going to ask him to play - then right-click the staff, Staff/Part Properties, and "Change Instrument".

Scores for only a single instrument customarily don't bother writing the instrument name on the staff, because it's already understood from the title and/or other information at the top of the score (eg, for a single part within an ensemble, the part name appears at top left, so that's where MuseScore places it by default when generating parts).

MuseScore knows to only display names on the staff when there are multiple instruments, by default. If you do wish to specify instrument name on the staff for a score of a single instrument, you can disable the "Hide instrument name if there is only 1 instrument" option in Format / Style / Score.

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