I am about to create my own paragraph styles destined to deliver an overview of the structure of a song. I want to present very basic roots and bar lines à la…
| Am7 / / / | Fadd9 / / F/E | Dmsus4 // Dm/C | G/B / / / || repeat
= Intro 2x
…before presenting the proper partition.
In a text editor, I would do this with the help of tabs (not TAB) or tables, the vertical lines being the bar lines and the horizontal lines being invisible, invisible narrow lines serving to keep the distance between the “music lines”.
I don’t know if the following is a question for the existing or a suggestion for further development:
Currently I can attribute chords and lyrics to a melody.
Is there a way to switch on/off independently the display of the note line and/or the chords and/or the lyrics in a way I can have lyrics displayed with the chords correctly aligned on top of them, or the chords all alone? Not knowing how lyrics and melody (and chords) are connected to each other I tend to think of them as of “lines” and would like to suggest a fourth “line category” able to display the structure as shown above. One would usually not use that kind of line together with any of the other lines, but they seem to logically belong together. Switching off any lengthy items such as lyrics and melody would allow for a concise overview of the harmonic content without any additional work other than that already invested in notating the melody and the chords.
If that’s not on the list, is there a way to have tabs like in a text editor or tables, so I can fill in a measure per field with the measures being vertically aligned (= having the same width)?
If my post is redundant, feel free to point me to the appropriate thread. It is well possible that I simply don’t know the terminology to make use of the search function.