♭gets changed to b in chord symbols

• Jan 31, 2021 - 18:31

I am writing up worksheets on scales and voicings for guitar. I tried to use chord symbols to identify the intervals in a scale, and I ran into a mildly surprising problem:

When I enter ♭9 as a chord symbol it is displayed as B9. When I edit this B9 chord symbol I see that Musescore has changed the flat symbol ♭ to a lower case b.

I find it quite useful when Musescore changes b to ♭ in chord symbols. But is it really the intended behavior to do the opposite? Do users often type ♭ when they mean b and rely on Musescore to fix it?

I would be grateful for any workaround suggestions.

I could use staff or symbol text, but the workflow gets a bit tedious without chord symbols’ ability to quickly move through the notes using the spacebar. Then there’s the extra effort to make these have a consistent look and layout with the chord symbols.

macOS 10.15, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 1977cb3

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♭9 is not a chord symbol at all. It should probably not get interpreted as such, but E♭ should get interpreted the same as Eb.
Workaround is obvious: don't use ♭, not as the 1st letter of a chord symbol, as it is non-sensical there.
Better don't use it at all and let MuseScore's chord symbol parser do its work.

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