Quarter Tone Saxophone
Quarter Tone Composition with MuseScore
This page will outline the steps that need to be taken to setup MuseScore to work with quarter tone composition and playback.
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To enable quarter tone notation in Musescore, select the Edit menu on the menubar at the top of the program, select Workspaces, and select Advanced. The advanced view will allow the composer to select quarter tone accidentals. These accidentals can be found under the Palettes box under the Accidentals menu.
Download MuseScore and the Quarter Tone Plugin
By default, the program will not adjust the pitches of notes with quarter tone accidentals. To install MuseScore and the Quarter Tone Accidental Plugin, click on this download link. Then, follow the instructions the program provides. The installer requires internet connectivity.
If, for some reason, the installer doesn't work for you, you can manually install MuseScore, then visit the development site for instructions on how to install it manually.
After the plugin has been installed:
At this point, the software will have partial support for notation and playback. However, there are some limits:
In order to transpose parts, the following steps will need to be followed:
Alternatively, this website has a Quarter Tone Transposition App. This app will transpose any input notes from concert (or any other key) to the desired key. It can be used to generate the values below, or to note check transposition in general. It can be found under the Composition tab above.
|For Eb Instruments:|
|A sesquiflat||E semisharp|
|A semiflat||F semisharp|
|A semisharp||F sesquisharp|
|A sesquisharp||G semisharp|
|B sesquiflat||F sesquisharp|
|B semiflat||G semisharp|
|B semisharp||G sesquisharp|
|B sesquisharp||A semisharp|
|E sesquiflat||B semisharp|
|E semiflat||C semisharp|
|E semisharp||C sesquisharp|
|E sesquisharp||D semisharp|
|For Bb Instruments:|
|B sesquiflat||B semisharp|
|B semiflat||C semisharp|
|B semisharp||C sesquisharp|
|B sesquisharp||D semisharp|
|E sesquiflat||E semisharp|
|E semiflat||F semisharp|
|E semisharp||F sesquisharp|
|E sesquisharp||G semisharp|
How to Use the Plugin
Once everything is set up correctly, the software will be able to play back quarter tone pitches correctly.
If you experience any problems with the plugin, or would like to suggest an improvement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.