Add and Remove Notes

There are several different ways to add notes to your music. The most straightforward approach is toUse the mouse to add notes from the Input Palette (you can also record pitches directly into your score).

Notes are always added to measures in a particular staff. When you enter a new note, the notation engine automatically determines stem direction, spacing, and so forth. If necessary, the measure is widened to accommodate the new note. If you add a note that will not musically fit into the time span of a measure, the note is tied to a complementary note in the next measure.

There are dozens of other parameters that affect how a given note is displayed: key signature, measure width, layout properties, part, and so on. Once a note is added to your music you can edit its appearance and performance properties, slur and beam notes together and perform dozens of other actions on groups of notes to get the music looking just right.

To Add a Note

Select the Notes tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the notes.

Select the voice for the note from the Voice drop list on the Notation Bar if you are going to be notating more than two lines of music on a single staff .

Move the cursor over the measure to which you want to add the note. Notice the feedback provided by the note cursor:

  The Music Ruler is drawn around the measure to indicate the beats and subdivisions within the measure.

  The dotted red line shows the time location where the note is to be added.

  The small highlighted dot shows the pitch for the new note.

  1. Align the dashed line with the beat on the Music Ruler where you want the note, then align the dot with the desired pitch.

  1. Click the mouse to add the note.

To Remove a Note

Select the note and press the Delete key.