Add and Remove Clefs

There are nine standard types of clefs in the Input Palette that you can add to your music at any location. The clef defines what pitch each line in the staff represents. In a treble clef, for example, the lowest line in the staff is an E; in a bass clef, however, the lowest line represents a G that is nearly 2 octaves lower.

Clefs are added at a particular location in a measure. When you view the music in Page View (vs. Track View) the clef is drawn at the left edge of each system - just as it should be when printed. The notation engine automatically handles correct display of clefs on each system as well as "reminder clefs" at the end of a system when a clef begins at the start of the next system.

Once a clef is added to your music you can edit its type, position and appearance.

To Add a Clef

  1. Select the Clef tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the clefs.
  2. Move the cursor over the measure to which you want to add the clef. Notice that the cursor changes into a pointing finger and a red dotted line is displayed at the current location in the Music Score.

  1. Align the dashed line with the beat on the Music Ruler where you want the clef.

  1. Click the mouse to add the clef at the specified location in the measure.

To Remove a Clef

Select the clef and press the Delete key.

Note: You cannot remove the first clef and you cannot remove the clefs that appear at the start of each system. To make it such that clefs do not appear at the start of each system, see Lead Sheet options in the Edit Layout topic.