Chord names in transpositor instruments.

• Oct 17, 2019 - 15:40

Hello, I would like to know if there is a way that when you place the names of chords in (all) transposer instruments, you retain the real tone.
If I set for example Em and switch the "Concert tone" button, it changes to Bm.
Ideally, they should not change the chords, I imagine it will not be possible.
Thank you.


This would get confusing in my opinion, most because you can enter the notes in both concert and transposed pitch. In a part, the transposition is necessary for it to make sense to the musician. In the main score, if you want to see the chords in concert pitch, put them on a non transposing instrument. If they're not needed in that instrument's part, select them all(* and make them invisible in the part. Almost every score with chords will have a non-transposing instrument like a guitar or piano that can actually play the chords.

(* go to the part, right click a chord and choose select>all similar elements

In reply to by mike320

Thank you all for the answers.

In this case in particular and continuing with the Txistus theme, there are no other instruments, 1st Txistu, 2nd Txistu and Silbote, all are transposers, this is common in our folk, all three together.

The chords are as guidance and do not have excessive importance, but it would be good to be able to choose not to switch, the instrument is transpositor but the harmony is real.
Another way would be to write the chords with text.

In reply to by goranire

Forcing the musicians to transpose chord symbols on the fly doesn't make sense to me. When I played all of the time, transposing from concert pitch to Eb (for my alto or bari sax) was a simple task for me, and I expect that your Txistu and Silbote musicians are as capable as I was. I understand people in different countries do things differently so you need to create scores for the musicians who play them.

In reply to by goranire

It would help if you posted an example making it clear what you are doing, and explain more about why. Then we could understand and advise better.

If I am guessing right about what is going on from the context I have read about so far, maybe add another staff, make its line invisibles and add the chord symbols to it.

I don't see the purpose to have chords of others instruments which are not in your tonality. Usually, chords are for the SOLOS, to "improvise" and they are only useful in the tonality of the soloist.

But, I'm French and I notice that : if i don't say to MS in STYLE--CHORDS that I want chords in French, when I transpose a stave with chords, the chords don't transpose. I think my french writting of chords for MS who is waiting for English chords, is not correct, so He doesn't transpose. If , before writting chords, I say to MS, french Chords, it works , all is transposed

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

That is also important for the OP. If you don't want the chords to transpose, enter them as text. With a few exceptions, you can enter chords as staff text. To enter a flat press ctrl+shift+b, shart is ctrl+shift+# and natural is ctrl+shift+h. You would then need to find the symbols for the triangles and circles in the special characters if needed.

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