Transpose - change default to not use double flats/sharps???

• Mar 21, 2021 - 03:01

Is there any possible way to change the default in the Transpose Chord Symbols option to only use single sharps / flats? I get tired of having to change this every.single.time, and if I ever tried to give the amateur volunteer musicians in my church chords that used double sharps/flats they would probably quit on the spot 🧐

Please help me out! Thanks!


I can't help - sorry - but I'll be interested in the replies to this one - which is why I'm posting here.

It's interesting to hear of a problem like this, as sometimes such problems seem to be discounted by the developers and maintenance team, and propose some other user oriented solution which may be far more difficult for the end user than the requested feature or workaround. This avoids the burden of any extra effort for the developers.

In reply to by dave2020X

Further to above, depends how many double sharps (or double flats) you might have. If they are all over the place it might be tricky, but one way which would work for a stave is to select one of the double sharps, then use the CTRL key to get up the menu for Select - which might be hidden - then keep going to find More - then there's an option to select all the notes at the same pitch. Then just use a couple of up (or down) arrows, followed by a couple of down (or up) arrows - which should leave the pitch the same, but will change double sharps (or double flats) to the note with the equivalent pitch.

That may not be good enough for you however, as there may be several such problem cases at different pitches.

It does work though - I tried it with a stave with - for example B double sharp and C sharp. It also works if the equivalent pitch note is selected first - so select C sharp - and then find all the notes with the same pitch, or even D flat could be selected in this example.

That might create other problems, or it may be too much faff, but it will work on small examples. However it only works on exactly the same pitch notes - not ones at the octave above or below etc.

Well, if you transpose something from D major to D# major, you will get Fxs, because the key of D# major includes F-double-sharp. The answer might be simply to transpose from D major to Eb major. (But in the end musical "spelling" includes double sharps and flats; misspelling with different notes makes it much harder to read for someone who can do proper spelling.)

In reply to by Imaginatorium

Correct about the formal situation.

Surely the original question posed made it clear that the amateur volunteers found or would find the "proper" spelling difficult - or at least awkward. Professionals might have no difficulties, or even amateurs if they have time to practice and can mark up their scores, but time constraints and other factors may dominate, hence the "need" to change the double sharps to alternative notes.

If the OP is trying to direct the others, then presumably he or she has taken the decision to try to make it "easier" for them in order to save time in getting to a desired result.

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