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Bagpipe (GHB) auto transposition problems

Hi, relatively new user here currently getting familiar with Musescore 3, mainly for writing and listening to the playback of bagpipe music.

I've come to understand from reading various older Musescore 2 posts that certain developers misunderstood the way that bagpipe music is written relative to the sounding pitch. The default which Musescore 3 uses transposes the staff down a major second, which I believe not to be accurate. While it does automatically add in the typical D key signature that people are used to seeing in bagpipe sheet music, it throws off the playback by shifting it that major second.

Please read the link provided at the end for additional information.

I believe it is more accurate to say that either:
- Bagpipe sheet music is not transposed at all, but concert pitch is typically raised to ~A480 (there are A440 chanters that exist as well that people choose to use to play with other instruments)
- Great highland bagpipe sheet music is transposed up approximately a semitone to accommodate the change of A440 to ~Bb, and concert A440 bagpipe is not transposed

The key signature of D is used for bagpipe sheet music not because the instrument plays in D all the time, but because it removes the need to write any accidentals as the instrument only has 9 notes to use.

The original work around I did was the former by removing the transposition, changing the usable pitch range to G4 - A5, then in the synthesizer leaving the pitch at either A440 or A480 for whatever my purposes are, and apply the key signature D. It worked ok for inputting the base notes, but the kicker is that the entire bagpipe embellishments pallet is now shifted on the staff by that major second so each one requires tweaking.

MuseScore automatically adds a key signature when using this transposition feature. If one did want to implement the latter, one has to change the default transposing to shift up by 1 note (not sure between augmented unison and minor second), change the usable pitch range to Ab4 - Bb5, then apply a non-intuitive Eb major key signature in order to have the common D signature. Clicking the concert pitch changes the sheet music into a hot mess of accidentals, though I suppose I can ignore it. A similar issue happens with the bagpipe embellishments pallet. I have yet to play around with this more to see if there are other issues.

Another work around I haven't done is just shift up the playback tuning by 3 semitones or so. It feels unfaithful, but maybe works the best for now. I'm not sure.

It would be nice if future updates could address this disconnect between score and playback. I also know that bagpipes aren't exactly the most popular instrument to write for. As a beginner, it is a super useful feature to not have to switch between computer keyboard and instrument to play and verify my scores.

If there is a feature I have overlooked or if someone could explain how I could better customize my experience, please let me know!

Unable to import to MuseScore iOS

After a recent update I'm no longer able to import anything (.mscz files) into the iOS MuseScore App. After one update it removed my entire library I had imported, so I imported a load again. Now I find I can't import anything anymore. This is the same on my iPad as well as my iPhone.

To import, on the Desktop version of MuseScore I type up the music I want & save it into a cloud based location (iCloud Drive) as a .mscz file. I then go to that location on my iPad, tap on the share button & select Copy to MuseScore.
If I do this now, the MuseScore App will flash open, but nothing will happen. When I do this the file should be accessible via Library > SongBook.

Am I doing something wrong or is this a bug? There have been a few more minor updates since, but the issues persists.

If you'd like anymore information regarding this, please let me know.


Gift worthy?

I wrote a poem to go with this music I had but Musescore won't let me add lyrics so I'm including them here.  I thought about giving this to my nephew as a wedding present but I want to know if it's any good.

Until now I never knew more than moments
Until now I never knew more than me
Until now I never knew a song could be found in silence.

Until now I never dreamed I'd wake up
Until now I never dreamed out loud
Until now I never looked into the crowd and found silence.

We forever, without you never.  We will come together
and hold onto what ever, who ever, where ever
we find behind the silence.

Transitioning from single to double horn

Hey guys, I'm a trumpet player who was also a self-taught horn player for a year. I haven't played in a while but I'm thinking of picking it up again. I know most beginners start off with a single F horn, and that's the route I plan on taking. For those of you who have switched from single to double F/Bb horn, was it difficult in terms of learning the new fingerings? I know they are very different, does anyone have any way to learn the new fingerings quickly? Thanks!

Public Domain Recognition Often Fails

I've tried to inquire about this in the past, but always to no avail, with nary a response from the staff. Hopefully this time will be different...

Yesterday I finally decided to start using the "public domain" marker for the five hundred or so public domain transcriptions available on my profile because I was forced to choose between "public domain" and "non-public domain" after I made a typo in a score description and wanted to update it. I went through and selected "public domain" for a sizable number of scores -- about thirty or so -- and entered the title and composer's name for each one as requested.

This morning, I awoke to find that the PD label had disappeared from over half of the scores I had marked. All of the works in question are in the public domain, and I'd entered the exact title and composer for each one, so -- what happened? Is there any way to correct this?

Examples of scores that reverted to non-PD:
(The last one is really egregious because it's the regional anthem of the US Virgin Islands, which if I remember correctly is explicitly placed by law into the public domain.)


I have a solo I need to do and I get to choose a song, now I haven't played clarinet for very long so I'm trying to find an easy song but not too easy like a twinkle little star. I need something impressive but easy to play if you guys can help me out that would mean alot thanks.