Minor to major

• Feb 12, 2016 - 17:51

Hello !
Is it possible to change the tone of the music ?
For example: Change a minor in music major...

It's possible to do that ?? But, I did not find...

PS: It is also time to change the year in About for new beta now...


I'm not quite sure what you are asking. You can change a key signature as described in the Handbook under "Key signature" (short answer: add one from the palette). So, to change the key signature from D major to D minor, sinmply drag in a D minor key signature from the palette. But it will be up to you to figure out how to change the music itself - that's usually not strasightforward and requires some amount of musical expertise to do well. You can have MuseScore do some of the work for you by using Alt+Shift+Down followed by Alt+Shift+Up to transpose a selection down then back up but do so "diatonically", so everything is forced into the key signature. You'd still have to use your own musical expertise to figure out where you might need to re-add accidentals. You can also use Notes / Transpose as part fo this process.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I agree there may be a need to change some notes when converting to minor.

However, can we get a starting point?

I have a piece in A Major and I want to create a version of the same piece in A minor. However, no matter what I do to remove the sharps, unless I delete each and every one of them individually, I get a piece in which every single note has a "natural" sign in front of it, and there seems to be no way to remove them. Even if I transpose diatonically - whether I check "keep degree alterations" or not - the result is music in a new key, but still with a natural sign in front of each and every note. Is there no way to get rid of them?

In reply to by Marty Hirsch

I managed it finally by right-clicking one of the sharps, going to "select all similar" and then hit the delete key.

I tried this earlier but I was not able to make it work. Maybe I used the wrong mouse button or something.

Anyway, if you interact correctly with the application surface, this does seem to work.

In reply to by Marty Hirsch

It's always easier to help if you attach your score - then we can give you help tailored specifically to whatever if going on with your particular score.

But for future reference, if I am understanding correctly what you were trying to do and how you ended up doing, I can suggest there is an easy way to do this directly.

First thing is you need to change the key signature from A major to A minor, which is accomplished by simply adding it from the palette (no use of Notes / Transpose should be needed at any point in the process). This will indeed leave you with the same music, meaning the notes that were previously sharp because of the key signature now have sharps in front. I am not sure what you tried to do to change this that left you with natural signs, but the easy / direct way to change all pitches at once would be to Ctrl+A to select all, Alt+Shift+Up to raise the pitch of everything a step diatonically, then Alt+Shift+Down to lower it again. You end up with a diatonic version of what you start with - all flats and sharps removed all at once.

In reply to by T-mo-T

What do you not understand? I think the OP was asking if one could alter a piece of music by changing a Minor to Major or vice versa and the answer to that is “Yes”, so long as you also alter a few of the notes to make it sound acceptable. I changed a piece from Major to Minor - it requires a simple change of Key Signature but also - as Marc pointed out - you have to change a few of the notes as well in order to make it sound acceptable.

Some Key Signatures look “equivalent” in that a minor key and a major key (eg A minor and c Major) may have exactly the same appearance but the way you set out the notes makes a significant difference to the end product.

In reply to by T-mo-T

F major and D minor use the same key signatures and thus use the same notes, true. The difference is why change more the piece "centers around" (not really a technical term but hopefully it conveys what I mean). If the song originally centers mostly around D - which in the example it presumably did or - then it would still center around D after changing the key, so we would perceive it as being in D minor.

In short - there are no different key signagures for D minor and F major. Not just in MuseScore; I mean in music generally. Pieces in those two keys use the same notes. The only difference is in how a piece uses those notes.

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