Add default shortcuts for intervals below

• Sep 3, 2016 - 13:51
P2 - Medium
S5 - Suggestion

I think Musescore is missing a very simple function on musescore that would make it easier to draw chords: adding notes/intervals below the reference note (a pre-written note). When I have a written Soprano, for example I can't add notes below that (as I can write 'above' them with the "alt + number" command). I think that this could be implemented on next release.

GIT commit: 3c7a69d


Yes, for now, enter using Shift then Ctrl+down is the way to go. But I agree there should be a separate command for adding below. Probably we wouldn't be able to assign a shortcut by default (they are in short supply), but I'm guessing most people tend to want to build chords either top down or bottom up pretty consistently, so you could just redefine the existing shortcuts if the commands were available. Or, a preference to control behavior of the existing command, although that's probably not as clean a solution even if it might seem more intuitive to some.

Status (old) active needs info

If this is about intervals, those commands already exist—they just don't have default shortcuts.

Yes, I should have made clear I was talking about the note (letter) shortcuts. I'm proposing essentially the same model for these as for the "interval below" commands - we could add the command, let user decide if he wants to switch the shortcuts over from the "above" commands to the "below" commands.

Actually, when you work for choral arrangment (using piano staves) I think is much more pratical writing "above-down' because the only thing that you know for sure is the melody. You can have different internal voices and even bass inversions.
The suggestion of using "Shift+note" + "Octave changing" is helping me. I didn't understand the other suggestion ("shift+interval") though.

Shift+Interval is wrong, sorry about that. But there are shortcuts available for interval above (and they default to Alt+interval) and interval below (they are not set, so you'd need to set them yourself, e.g. to Shift+Alt+interval

Status needs info closed
Reported version 2.1  
Regression No
Workaround No

The commands are already there, you just have to define shortcuts by yourself.

Title Adding notes - intervals - below the reference note. Add default shortcuts for intervals below
Status closed active
Frequency Few
Priority P2 - Medium
Reproducibility Always

I'm aware that there is concurrency in shortcut-land; but this request has come up a few times over the past year (mostly from Sibelius users) where the functionality often isn't discovered as easily as it could be.
So my vote would be to add Shift+Alt+number (Shift+Option+number for Mac) as default shortcuts for these actions.

EDIT: side remark from Marc's memory and confirmed by me. The proposed shortcut would work with numpad keys; but not with the top row keys for AZERTY keyboard users (where Shift+symbol == number)

As I recall, we had those enabled in MuseScore 1.0 but remove them not too long after once it was realized they weren't compatible with AZERTY. But, that was before we had the ability to select different shortcuts cuts by keyboard layout. So we could consider consider adding these to the QWERTY layouts only, and perhaps substitute something else for AZERTY.