4 Requests

• Mar 14, 2011 - 20:00

1. I've been using Musescore for over two years now. Two years ago, I requested a way to make slash notation easier when making lead sheets. I am requesting that again. Currently, when making measures that only contain slashes and chord symbols, I set four quarter rests, then set them as invisible, drag the slash symbol from the symbol menu, then line it up so it looks correct. That is a huge amount of steps, and extremely time-consuming. Please make this easier somehow. In Encore, all you have to do is right-click on a quarter rest and it will change the rest property to a slash. It takes me hours to set slashes with Musescore.

2. The Musejazz font does not always superscript flat signs. Sometimes a chord symbol comes out with a lower case "b" instead of a flat sign. Also, when indicating sharp-five (#5), flat-thirteen (b13), etc., the sharp or flat sign does not super-script, and appears in the wrong place. (Too high or too low). The font looks pretty good, but does not behave consistently.

3. Why can I not change from grand staff to single line (leadsheet) style in the same song? Often times I write a specific piano introduction to a tune using the grand staff, and then go to melody and chords only within the same song. I currently have to start a new song with leadsheet notation, print it, then cut and paste it up using a copying machine. Setting the bass staff as invisible doesn't work because the barlines still show up as if it were there.

4. How about setting up a hot key for the rest sign? I don't like having to move the cursor with the mouse every time I want a rest to appear. Seems like I used to be able to use the space bar for that, but not any more?

Great program!

Thank you!


4. Use 0 (zero) to add a rest in MuseScore 1.0 - or if you want to use space like in previous versions, you can edit the shortcuts.,

a)Fill the bars with quarter notes. I use "B" in the treble clef.
b) Select all those notes.
c) open the note head pallet
d) double click the slash.
You need to follow the conventions of Musescore notation to have the "b" always appear as a flat. One place you can find the acceptable chord notation is to enter a chord name, right-click on it and explore the "harmony properties menu, especially the one marked "other" that comes up.

3. Go to create> instrument and remove the bass clef in your grand staff.


As noted, slashes in MuseScore can be entered easily by entering ordinary notes then using Note Properties to hide the stems, make the heads slashes, and set velocity to 0. Takes a few seconds to do with one measure, but then you can simply copy / paste that measure as much as you want. Another useful shortcut is "R" to repeat the current selected measure. No reason it should take more than about 20 seconds to fill a whole page with slashes this way.

As for chord symbols, see my post in the General Discussion forum - I've posted an XML file that *greatly* simplifies the process of controlling how your chords are entered and displayed.

A nice trick for switching between grand staff and single line is to not use two staves in one part (eg, the piano part), but rather two separate parts. The difference being that if you do it the latter way, then Style->Edit General Style->Score->Hide Empty Staves will automatically do exactly what you want. So I have set up a template using a single piano RH staff but using a different instrument for the bottom staff.

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