Natural in a pair of notes joined by a beam

• Oct 20, 2021 - 17:49

A piece in D. I plant a C natural and the software adds a sharp symbol to the following C if they are joined by a beam. Can this be overidden? Or is this a convention?


That seems right to me. You start with two C#s (because of the key signature) and neither of them has accidentals. Then you change the first note to a C nat. That natural accidental would apply throughout the measure unless another accidental changes it. As you haven't changed the pitch of the second C#, MuseScore correctly shows the # accidental. If you want both notes to be C natural you need to change the pitch of both of them.

If I have misunderstood your problem, please attach your score so that we can understand better.

In reply to by SteveBlower

Ah, OK. It seems the problem is my understanding of music (still a newbie). I knew an accidental modifying a natural remained for the whole measure, but I didn't know it applied also to modifying notes sharped or flatted by the key. Every day's a schoolday. Thanks. I'm now wondering if the original author was as clueless as me though. I shall have to ask. Amazed by the speed of response here :-)

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