# Chord notation

• Feb 3, 2022 - 11:03

For a given chord, how can I enter the following same chord becoming "7" without repeating the whole chord name ?
Thanks a lot

For example: Enter someting like "F#m ___7" instead of "F#m F#m7"

In reply to by Toto Le Héros

FWIW, though, this isn't really recommended; it's not how music with chord symbols is normally published. Just repeat the chord. There are some special exceptions, and for those, you can simply enter the number and then if you want the playback, enter the full chord also and make it invisible as Jojo suggests.

I’m not saying no one has ever done this, but for every one you find that does, there are 200 more that would show the full G7 (note: it’s that, not G7sus3; the latter is definitely not a thing). So I would still say, not recommended for the vast majority of cases.

Simple: you can't, if you're after the playback.
Workaround: add both (F#m and F#m7), make the 2nd invisible and add another 'chord symbol" as just "7" at the same place as the 2nd (it won't play, but the invisble one does)

I'd have a need for this too (and so far resorted to above workaround):

G7 is the chord. "sus4" means, replace the 3 that would normally be in the chord with a 4. So, G7 already has the 3, there is no need to show it, and that would only cause confusion, because neither G3 nor G7sus3 are meaningful chord symbols.

It's a very common thing in music to have a chord in which the 3 is replaced by 4 for the first few beats, and then the 4 resolves back to the 3. The standard way to notate this in chord symbols is G7sus4 followed by G7, and that's how musicians who read chord symbols are accustomed to reading it.

However, in classical Roman numeral analysis, it's common to show this as V7(4-3) - a single Roman numeral to depict the chord, and the 4-3 to show the motion of the 4 to the 3.

The score here appears to be showing a somewhat inconsistent mixture of the two approaches, which again is not normally ever done.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks. Soundwise it doesn't make any difference though, MuseScore realizes G7 and G7sus3 the same