Roman Numeral Analysis (RNA)
As of version 3.3, MuseScore supports Roman Numeral Analysis (RNA), a chord analysis system using a system of lower and upper case roman numerals, superscripts, subscripts and other modifying symbols. It is commonly used in music textbooks to describe chords and their relationships in a way that does not depend upon key (see External links for further details).
Note: For RNA, MuseScore uses the font "Campania" by default—this is pre-installed with the program. For information about the font, see the README.
- Select a start note;
- From the menu, select Add→Text→Roman Numeral Analysis. Alternatively, set up a keyboard shortcut to do the same thing in Preferences;
- Input the RNA symbols for the chord just like normal text, as follows;
- Major chord: Upper case roman numerals
- Minor chord: Lower case roman numerals
- Diminished chord: o (lower case)
- Half-diminished chord: 0 (zero)
- Augmented chord: +
- Chord inversions: Enter up to 3 single-digit numbers, top note first
- Accidentals: # (sharp), b (flat)
- For other symbols, see the image under Examples.
- Move the cursor forward or backwards to continue entering or editing symbols for other chords (see commands below);
- When RNA is completed, exit by pressing Esc, or by clicking on a blank section of the score.
The following commands are available during entry:
- Space move Cursor to next note, rest, or beat
- Shift+Space move cursor to previous note, rest, or beat
- ; move cursor to next beat
- : move cursor to previous beat
- Tab move cursor to next measure
- Shift+Tab move cursor to previous measure
- Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) plus number (1 - 9) move Cursor by duration corresponding to number (e.g.; half note for 6)
- Esc exit edit mode
- Roman Numeral Analysis (Wikipedia)