the current way of specifying a separate bass note will soon be removed from the program. It was confusing and was not meant for inversions.
The good news is that version 3.4 (to be released TODAY
) includes an inversion/voicing editor with many presets, so that will be the place to specify voicings.
Also, is there any way to specify the slash chord as meaning a separate lower bass note to be played, not just an inversion?
Yes, this is how it works today, the bass note is independent of the chord, it is a separate, added note. Now I don't see that a good idea.
Please don’t remove this. Slash chords
are commonly used in notation and specifically indicate the bass note
that should be played, leaving the treble voicing flexible for interpretation.
In other words, C/G does not
mean a C chord in second inversion, it means a bass note of G with a C chord played above it in any inversion.
I haven’t played with the voicing editor yet so I don’t know how it would handle this, but slash chords are a useful and important notation tool.