Adding and Editing Chord Names

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Adding and Editing Chord Names

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The procedures for adding and editing chord names are generally the same as for all types of text supported by Musician.  

You can add chord names to your score using a variety of methods:

B8 Have Musician analyze and automatically add chord names for you
B8Open a .mid file you have saved from your Yamaha keyboard (or other device) which contains the XF format chord names. Musician will automatically display those chord names for you.
B8Manually type in chord names
B8Use the Chord Builder to add chord names
B8Copy chord names from another part of your score or another song file, and paste them into your current song file.

Many of the editing features for chord names are covered in  the preceding General Procedures for Editing Text:  

B8Adding Text
B8Editing Text
B8Deleting Text
B8Selecting Font Type, Size, and Properties
B8Showing and Hiding Types of Text

There are some special details about adding and editing chord names that differ from other types of text:

B8The keyboard shortcut for the Chord Name Palette is SHIFT+C. If the Clef Palette is displayed, type SHIFT+C a second time for the Chord Name Palette.
B8When you type certain special characters, such as "#" and "b", Musician will redisplay them as music symbols, such as the sharp chord_names and flat chord_names1 accidentals.
B8When you are manually typing in chord names, hit the TAB key to advance to the next major beat, in the measure, or the first beat of the next measure, where you can enter the next chord name.
B8If a chord name is not lined up with the desired chord, you can shift it to the next or previous chord.
B8If you want to add a chord name manually "between notes", you can use your mouse to click on the location where you want to add the chord name.
B8Copying and pasting chord names works a bit differently than other text objects.
B8You can re-transcribe the chord names in a file at any time.  
B8Chord names when transposing song note pitches or an instrument key:  If you transpose the actual pitches of a song (ie. change the key of the song), then the chord names also transpose to reflect the correct key of the newly transposed song.
B8If the song file has transposing instruments and you select to display the part for a transposing instrument from the drop list, the chord names for that part will show in the instrument key's transposition.  In other words, if you have a song in C, and have selected to show Instrument Transposed Pitches for your score, then if you choose to display a Bb clarinet part, an "Ab" chord in the Conductor's Score (concert pitch)  will display as a "Bb" chord in the Clarinet part (instrument transposed pitch).
B8When you click on a chord name, the chord notes will sound just as when you click on a note in the score.
B8You can change the enharmonic spelling of chord names, for example from a Db to a C#.
B8You can select the Chord Name Styles you would like to have displayed in your score.
B8Notation Musician can export chord names in Yamaha XF format in the .mid filetype, to use with Yamaha keyboards and other devices that use the XF chord name format.  Depending on how you wish the display to appear on your Yamaha machine, you may need to do some editing to the lyrics and chord names.
Below are two example pictures of .mid files exported from Musician as displayed on a Yamaha keyboard.  
Yamaha_Display_without_hyphen     Yamaha_Display_with_hyphen


The image on the left shows how a file that has lyrics and chord names but no "beat keeper" lyrics at the beginning appears on the Yamaha keyboard screen.  The image on the right shows what the display looks like after the addition of "beat keeper" lyrics, in this case a simple hyphen character "-".  The file on the left does not keep proper time with the chord names at the beginning on the Yamaha.  The file on the right does keep proper time.


To edit your song file to have the Yamaha display keep the proper time, you can add some beat-keeping notes (this is only available for Composer) and then add some lyrics (hyphens) as shown below:




You can then set the note velocities ("loudness") to "0" for the beat-keeper notes so that they will not sound when playing the file (available only in Composer).  You can do this by selecting the notes and then using Note Velocity tools to set the velocity to "0".


Now when you use File/Export - MIDI, the chord names and lyrics in the exported .mid file will "move" properly with the song as it plays on your Yamaha keyboard.


B8When saving your song file, Notation Musician will analyze the song file and compare the notes in the score with the chord names.  If there is a discrepancy or any implausible situation with the chord names, those names will be highlighted with brackets (eg. [B/G] ) so that you can quickly find them and fix them using the Chord Name tools. You can turn off this feature in the Chord Name Styles dialog.


prcarrow Manually typing chord names into a score.

If you are creating a score and want to manually enter the chord names before adding notes and other score elements, then you can type in the chord names first.  To use this method of entering chord names, you can do the following:


1.        Click on the Text palette

2.        Then click the Chord Names button  (or you can use the keyboard shortcut "Shift + C"; if you get the Clef palette, press "Shift + C" again)

3.        Click in the score where you want to add chord names, and start typing.




4.        Hit the TAB key to advance to the next major beat, in the measure, or the first beat of the next measure, where you can enter the next chord name.


prcarrow Adding chord names using the Chord Builder:

Musician's Chord Builder lets you see and hear the notes of a chord before adding the chord name to the score.  

The Chord Builder can be found in the Text -> Chord Names palette


Clicking the Chord Builder button ChordBuilderButton (or using the keyboard shortcut "Shift + Enter") will open the Chord Builder dialog, as shown  here (well, without all the annotations):





B8Location of chord names in the score:  You can click anywhere in the score either before or after opening the Chord Builder to choose a location for a chord name.  Also, after entering a chord name, you can  click the "Next" button to move the chord name entry box to the next beat location for a new chord name.  Clicking the "Previous" button will likewise move the chord name entry box to the previous beat location.
B8Chord name options: Select the Root of the chord, the type of chord, or extensions for your chord name by using the radio buttons to mark your selection.  In the screenshot above, the "C6" chord has a slash bass note "A", which gives a C6/A chord name.
B8Hearing the chord: If you check the "Play chord each time you change it" box, then each time you click on a radio button, the chord will sound with the new change.  Otherwise, you can click the "Play" button at any time to hear how the current chord sounds.  You can also click on a chord name in the score to hear it played.  
B8Changing the instrument sound of the chord:  To change the instrument that plays the chord, click the "Select sound" button and choose the instrument you prefer to hear.  The device will initially show your Default MIDI Playback Device.  You can select from any of your available devices and instruments.


prcarrow Copying and pasting chord names:

Musician  allows you to copy and paste chord names between sections of your score, so you don't have to spend time separately entering repeating chord progressions.


1.Using Region select  click-drag your mouse to select the range of measures with the chord names you wish to copy.




2. Now click Edit -> Copy
-- OR --
type "Ctrl + C" (the Windows "copy to clipboard" keyboard shortcut)




3.Use Region select and click-drag your mouse to select the range of measures where you wish to paste in the chord names.





4. Now click  in the Chord menu,  Chord -> Paste chord names


-- OR --
Edit -> Paste special -> Paste chord names



Now the chord names that you copied and pasted will appear in the target region of your score.





prcarrow Enharmonic spelling of chord names:

Musician allows you to change the enharmonic spelling of chord names. This allows you to raise the enharmonic spelling, for example, of a Bb  chord to an A#, or other varieties of enharmonic spelling differences. A different enharmonic spelling may be more familiar to you or your band members, so you can change the enharmonic spelling of such chord names when printing out a score, fake sheet, or chord chart.   For example, you may want to change an Fm to an E#m if you use barre chords for guitar, as the Em chord shape is a common minor chord barre shape.


1.        In the score, click on the chord name for which you wish to change the enharmonic spelling.


2.        Click the "Lower enharmonic spelling" LowerEnharmonicSpellingButton button.