Using repeat-measure symbols as chord symbols

• Oct 16, 2015 - 21:51

It ought to be the case that if I enter a percent sign as a chord symbol, it should be automatically turned into a repeat-measure symbol.


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Because the repeat-measure symbol is a useful glyph to be able to use as a chord symbol, and because the percent sign is its closest ASCII lookalike. (Just as "b" and "#" are translated into a flat and a sharp.)

In reply to by Solomon Douglas

Ah, OK. I thought you wanted a measure repeat to show up inside the measure when a % got entered as a chord symbol. But now I see you want a measure repeat glyph as a chord symbol and the % as the shortcut for it. Makes sense to me.
Feel free to add this as a feature request in the issue tracker

In reply to by Solomon Douglas

Agreed, it's an interesting idea. Meanwhile, though, it's pretty easy to access that symbol - just hit F2 to display the Special Characters palette while entering a chord symbol (or any other text). I guess we could probably stand to add that symbol to MuseJazz, and maybe create a special rule in chords_jazz.xml to make it display bigger by default.

In reply to by Allyson_Erick

Not sure what you mean, Shift should have no effect on the size of any symbol.

Anyhow, as mentioned before, the way to get this currently is to enter the symbol as text - like Staff Text - and then change the size in the text toolbar. The way you enter is as text is to press F2 while typing your text, to display the Special Characters palette, then double click the symbol. Dragging is not the correct way to add characters to text.

"... Meanwhile, though, it's pretty easy to access that symbol - just hit F2 to display the Special Characters palette while entering a chord symbol (or any other text). "

I'm not in note entry mode, just viewing my work, and when I hit F2 the entire score goes up a half-step. Do you mean F9 for the palettes, or am I missing something here?

My other comment is that the bar repeat sign, which I'd like to use as a substitute for a preceding chord symbol, will drag and drop into the bar, not above it. When I raise it with the up arrow, I couldn't put the slashes back into the bar. CTRL+K gives me the chord symbol entry box, but I couldn't get the repeat symbol to go into that either.

Thanks in advance for your time.

I know this thread is a year old, but I struggled with this and I figured out a really simple way to kind of do it.

On the measure where the chord is being repeated (i.e. No rhythm change) I put `/. on the third beat.

That's an apostrophe then a forward slash followed by a period.

In the musejazz font it looks pretty convincing.
Repeats Example.png

I tried mucking with the chords_jazz.xml and haven't figured out a way to do it with that.
It would be really cool if there was a repeat measure symbol in the musejazz font and the chords_jazz.xml had a rule to replace "r" with that character.

I'm using a portable version of musescore and cannot find the musejazz font on my computer anywhere or in the directories of the portable app. I like what I have for now.

In reply to by thevig

The font is not installed on your computer; it is compiled into the application itself.

Anyhow, you can add this symbol easily, as explained previously - just press F2 while entering text to display the "Special Characters" palette, then double click the desired symbol.

In all the F2 special character palette, I only found a very small measure repeat symbol that was so teeny weeny and did not have the right vibe.


`/. in the museJazz font looks really good to me, so I thought I'd share my version of a work around ;)

...Am I missing a way to add custom characters to the special character palette?

In reply to by thevig

You are welcome to increase the size of any text. You;d have to enter it as regular text, though, not a chord symbol. Or else, create a custom text style "large chord symbol" and assign that.

The "Special Characters" palette is not customizable, but the regular palettes are - see the Handbook under "Custom palettes".

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