Transposition

    Transposition is the act of raising or lowering the pitch of a selection of notes by the same interval. You can chose to transpose notes either manually or by using the Transpose dialog.

    Manual transposition

    1. Select the notes that you wish to transpose;
    2. Use any of the following options:
      • To transpose chromatically: Press or . Repeat as required;
      • To transpose diatonically; Press Alt + Shift + or . Repeat as required;
      • To transpose by an octave: Press Ctrl + or (Mac: Cmd + or ).

    Note: In versions prior to 2.1, F2 (Mac: fn+F2) transposes the whole score and key signature UP one semitone. Shift+F2 (Mac: Shift+fn +F2) transposes the score and key signature DOWN one semitone.

    Automatic transposition

    MuseScore's Transpose dialog gives you more options for transposing notes.

    Transpose Dialog

    Note: By default this dialog opens from the Notes menu, but you can also chose to open it using a keyboard shortcut (see Preferences).

    Transpose Chromatically

    By Key

    To transpose notes up or down to the nearest key:

    1. Select the notes you want to transpose; no selection equals "select all.";
    2. From the menu bar, choose NotesTranspose...;
    3. Tick "Transpose Chromatically" and "By key;"
    4. Tick/untick "Transpose key signature" and "Transpose chord symbols" if required;
    5. Tick one of "Closest," "Up" or "Down;" and select a destination key signature from the drop-down menu;
    6. Click OK.
    By Interval

    To transpose selected notes up or down in semitone increments:

    1. Select the notes you want to transpose; no selection equals "select all.";
    2. From the menu bar, choose NotesTranspose...;
    3. Tick "Transpose Chromatically" and "By Interval;"
    4. Tick/untick "Transpose key signature" and "Transpose chord symbols" if required;
    5. Tick "Up" or "Down;" and select a transposition interval from the drop-down menu;
    6. Click OK.

    Transpose Diatonically

    To transpose selected notes up or down by a diatonic interval:

    1. Select the notes you want to transpose; no selection equals "select all.";
    2. From the menu bar, choose NotesTranspose...;
    3. Tick "Transpose Diatonically;"
    4. Tick/untick "Transpose key signature" and "Transpose chord symbols" if required;
    5. Tick "Up" or "Down;" and select a transposition interval from the drop-down menu;
    6. Click OK.

    Transposing instruments

    Transposing instruments, such as the B-flat trumpet or E-flat alto sax, sound lower, or higher than their written pitch. MuseScore has a number of features to facilitate the scoring of these instruments.

    Concert pitch

    MuseScore's default viewing mode shows the musical notation in written pitch, but you can chose to display the score in concert pitch instead. In the latter mode, the musical notation of all instruments matches the actual pitches that you hear on playback.

    To switch to concert pitch, use one of the following options:

    • Press the Concert Pitch button to highlight it.
    • From the menu bar, select Notes and tick the Concert Pitch option.

    You should ensure that the Concert pitch button is OFF before printing the main score or any parts.

    Change staff transposition

    Instrument transpositions are already set up in MuseScore. However, if you want a rare instrument or transposition that is not available in MuseScore, you may need to edit the instrument transposition manually.

    1. Right-click an empty part of the instrument staff and select Staff Properties....
    2. At the bottom of the window, select the interval of transposition, any octave shifts, and whether the interval is "Up" (sounds higher than written) or "Down" (sounds lower than written).

    You can also use the Change Instrument… button in the Staff Properties window to automatically change the transposition to that of a different standard instrument.

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