Pasting a chord at any division

• Nov 7, 2022 - 02:13

I often want to paste chords, and paste chords on a division where there is no rest or note or anything like that. I know I can hit ctrl+k to get to chord edit mode, and then I can use ctrl+# to move by the division I want. But, if I copy a number of chords, I can't paste those inside the ctrl+k edit thing. So, I would need to somehow put my cursor, or tell musescore what division I want to paste on, without having a note, or anything like that on that division. Is there a way to do this?


When you copy a number of chords all together, the relative timing should be preserved. I'm guessing maybe you are trying to copy them all one at a time? No need, just select them all at once (e.g., click the first, Shift+click the last) and copy them at once.

If you continue to have trouble, please attach your score and describe what you are trying to do in more details so we can understand and assist better.

In reply to by a-muse-sing

What I don't understand is why you are trying to paste a single chord at all - again, normally., you'd just paste the whole range at once. And normally that range would start on a beat, but if not, sure, divide the measure temporarily to get the first chord, then the entire rest of the passage works perfectly. Or add a dummy chord on beat one to make the copy easier, then delete it when done.

If you attach your score and tell us which chord symbols you are trying to copy, we can understand and assist better.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I sometimes copy paste single chords, because it's faster to do that, than type the chord out, especially if I will need it a few times. Like to correct a mistake or whatever. But this applies for single chords and for multiple chords. I also copy and paste ranges of chords, and sometimes need to tell musescore where I want to paste it, such that it doesn't land right on a beat, and such that I don't want to alter the beginning of the measure.

There are a number of workarounds I could find to get the results I want. But what I was hoping for, would be a fast way to be able to tell musescore where I want to paste the chord. similar to if I'm editing chord names, I can press ctrl+4, and that moves me forward an 8th.

If I have to use workarounds, I will obviously do that, but I always want to be able to edit as quickly and easily as possible, and I always hope for any software I use to be able to be as quick and easy as possible for how I use it. It's also annoying to be able to do things a certain way, you get used to doing it that way, and then you encounter a situation where you can't do that, so you have to go and do your workaround. I'm always trying to streamline, make things fast and easy, so I can just get the results I want, as quickly as possible, regardless of what situation I happen to be in.

In reply to by a-muse-sing

The method I describe should work for copying single chords, but of course, it's way more efficient to copy the entire progression at once. It's still not clear if you're just doing that, or what is going wrong if you are, or why not if you aren't, and also why if so you are also needing to copy individual chords. Anyhow, if you continue to have trouble again, just attach your score so we can provide better assistance. As it is, we are having trouble guessing what it is you are trying to do, without a clear example.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

This isn't one specific instance. I don't see how "why" is ever relevant. I many times need to do this particular thing, selecting a spot in time, where I can paste chords. The why is always different. Sometimes it's for a single chord, sometimes for a string of chords. The situation comes up for me, which is why I'm asking how to accomplish it.

So far, the best solution someone mentioned is to change the duration of a slash, do the paste, and then switch it back.

In reply to by a-muse-sing

The why is relevant because if the goal is to work efficiently, and it turns out there is an easier way to do what you are attempting to do by pasting individual chords, wouldn't knowing the more efficient way to solve the more be helpful - more helpful, in fact, than merely knowing a better way to paste individual chords? That's why it's so important to attach an actual real-world score and describe the actual real-world problem you are trying to solve. Then we can help you find the most efficient way to solve it - which might turn out to be different than how you were imagining it. We won't know until you share a score and describe the use case in more detail. We want to help, but that's the kind of information we'd need to help more successfully.

I'm guessing you mean you're trying to paste into the middle of a duration covered by a single rest. You'd just have to enter the duration of rest you actually want before it and then you'll have somewhere to paste.

In reply to by Rose Egbert

I don't mind the rests being rests, not having slashes or having slashes. "The musicians" is basically me lol. My priority is speed of editing.

I actually kind of like using rests to show where the chords sit, but, it's a bit slower to have to modify the rests, if I don't have to. If I could, for example, select a slash, and then press ctrl+4 and that would move forward an 8th, I'd just do that. But it doesn't work that way, unfortunately.

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