Chord symbols -- "C bass" etc.

• Sep 15, 2015 - 01:59

In the New Real Book, when they want to indicate a bass note (and nothing else) with a chord symbol, they use this:
C bass.JPG
I've tried doing this using a hard space between the note name and the word "bass", but it looks like this:
C bass 2.png

So basically what I'm asking is "can I put an actual space in a chord symbol?"


In reply to by Marc Sabatella

C bass 3.png
Oh the toils...glad to know this is being worked on!

The word "bass" is a piece of staff text anchored to the same note with a horizontal offset of 2.25 and a vertical offset of -10. I kind of like the smaller size; is there any chance "bass" could be a chord symbol in the next version?

Right, and what I am asking is, how do you see that as being different from me simply fixing the bug that prevent that space from "sticking" currently? As far as I am concerned, with that bug fixed, there is nothing further required, unless there is some other aspect to what you asking that still isn't clear.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Some chord symbols have the text rendered smaller than 15pt. For example, compare what happens when I write "C7lat" with what happens with "C7alt". Beneath are examples of what would happen if the bug was fixed, and what I'd like to happen:

Chord text size.png

Smaller text on "bass" means a smaller chord symbol, which means more room.

In reply to by JGitar

Feel free to file a feature request for this. It's certainly possible to add a definition for that. Would hekp to find published examples from multiple publishers showing a standard for this. FWIW, I've never seen anything write that other than Sher; the more common standard for a bass note is "/C", which of course takes far less room.

Ultimately, I hope we provide some sort of editing facility that would give you control over all of this.

In reply to by JGitar

I guess. To me that is so rare as to be inconsequential, and it usually lasts a significant amount of time (say, 8 bars worth of a C pedal point) so that the space taken is irrelevant. But it's easy enough, so why not - I'll do it.

I'll probably make "pedal" work the same way while I'm at it.

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