How do assign a rhythm pattern to a "chord symbol"?

• Sep 26, 2020 - 17:39

For example, if I enter a chord symbol in a measure and I want the "piano player" to bang that chord 4 times how do I make that happen? I have tried entering 4 slashes and still the only thing that happens is the chord is only played one time at the start of the measure. What am I doing incorrectly?

Thank you,


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

IMHO, this is precisely what the user would like to avoid doing - one measure still passes, 32 or more measures is more annoying :)
I seem to have read this kind of request - valid in my opinion - a few times already - on the French forum, I am sure of that. But not in an "official" way I believe.
From a coding point of view (I have no idea about that), is it something that would be "reasonably" feasible, or would imply serious difficulties?

In reply to by cadiz1

If it were really easy it would have been part of the original design. It's not really hard, either, would just require someone to really think through all the details of how this should work in all the various cases that might come up - mixtures of regular and slash notes, notes in different voices, etc. And then implement it.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thank you. That works.

If I only want to hear the chords is it best to "tie" them to rests or is there some other method/notation to tie the chords to to give them "value/length"?

Also, what does making them invisible do other than making them where you can't see them?

In reply to by yetoone

Making them invisible also makes them not affect the layout. If you haven't tried it then when you do you may get staves being placed farther apart or measures being made wider to make room for the chord symbols. I think their invisibility will also make it easier to read and tell where the chord actually changes for the live musician.

In reply to by yetoone

If you want to hear only chord symbols then mute the other sounds in the mixer. Keep in mind that if you add a chord symbol to a staff, there is a mixer channel added for that staff. Expand the instrument using the right arrow above the volume slider so you can see there is an instrument channel and chord channel. You can also change what the chord symbol sounds like here.

Hi all,
This thread is more than two years old but the title describes exactly what I was looking for today.

IMHO, to squeeze chord symbols and make part of them invisible cannot be the solution. Either you have scrammed chords or you can't see the rhythm info anymore.

A possible solution: I'm sure that Musescore is able to display a staff for a rhythmic instrument although I've never used it. Now take such a staff and instead of playing the rhythmic instrument, link it to the chords. At first glance, this should be fairly easy to implement.

There is one difficulty however that comes to my mind: anticipation. If a chord has to be played just before the beat in order to get that swing feeling, this could be handled by an articulation symbol in the rhythmic staff. What do you think?


In reply to by HunGrYforMuSiK

there was a very similar question in the German section lately:

My solution is indeed a dedicated rhythm line with a few invisible items - following the basic rule "if you want it played in a specific way, it should be treated as a specific instrument".

The linked thread contains a screenshot of the printout, this is what it looks like in editing mode:

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In reply to by HunGrYforMuSiK

As shown above, this is already possible and quite simple. Just add the staff and the rhythm (I'd recommend using Tools / Toggle rhythmic slash notation), then add the chord symbols. Either hide the staff if you don;t want to to see it, or keep the staff but hide the chord symbols.

As mentioned previously, you can also simply add invisible chords to the main staff, this works also if you don't want to see the rhythm.

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