Playback: Chord symbols / Nashville numbers

Updated 1 month ago

    As of MuseScore version 3.5, both chord symbols and Nashville numbers (but not Roman numerals) automatically sound when you play back the score.

    Turn playback on/off

    The following methods enable you turn on/off playback of symbols for all or part of the score (Note: Audio and MIDI export is also affected).

    For all symbols

    To turn playback on/off for all chord symbols and Nashville numbers in the score:

    1. Select a chord symbol or Nashville number
    2. In the "Chord Symbol" section of the Inspector check/uncheck the "Play" box.
    3. Click on the associated "Set as style" button (to the right of that box, you may need to scroll a bit)

    Additional options as of 3.5.1: Tick/Untick FormatStyle…Chord SymbolsPlay, per score. Also generally in Edit (Mac: MuseScore)→Preferences…Advanced

    Alternatively, you can mute the playback track see below. This might, for example, be necessary where you have multiple parts with chord symbols and want to have playback for only one of them.

    For a selection of symbols

    To turn playback on/off for chord symbols and Nashville numbers in a certain range of a score:

    1. Select the range
    2. Right-click a chord symbol or Nashville number
    3. Click on SelectSelect all similar elements in selected range, OK
    4. In the "Chord Symbol" section of the Inspector check/uncheck the "Play" box.

    or

    1. Click on first chord symbol or Nashville number in that range
    2. Shift+click on last chord symbol or Nashville number in that range
    3. In the "Chord Symbol" section of the Inspector check/uncheck the "Play" box.

    Change playback sound

    Irrespective of the instrument the chord symbols are attached to, the default sound for chord symbols is "Grand Piano". To change this:

    1. Open the Mixer (shortcut: F10, Mac: Fn+F10)
    2. In the Track area locate the track for the part in question.
    3. Click on the "Show channels" arrow to display all the child tracks for that part.
    4. Click on the track whose name contains the words "Chord syms." (may be truncated, should be the rightmost).
    5. Select a new "Sound" in the Sound drop-down list.

    Change playback volume / Mute track

    1. Open the Mixer (shortcut: F10, Mac: Fn+F10)
    2. In the Track area locate the track for the part in question.
    3. Click on the "Show channels" arrow to display all the child tracks for that part.
    4. Click on the track whose name contains the words "Chord syms." (may be truncated, should be the rightmost).
    5. Adjust the volume slider; or press the "M" button to mute the track.

    Turn symbol sound on/off when editing

    To turn the sound of the symbols on/off when editing:

    1. From the menu, select Edit (Mac: MuseScore)→Preferences…Note input.
    2. Check/Uncheck the "Play chord symbol when editing" option.

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