Add and Remove Octavas

Octavas are instructions to the performer to play the notes higher or lower than the written values (by octaves). Octavas are typicallyUsed make the music easier to read since the performer doesn't have to read numerous clef changes or numerous ledger lines above or below the staff.

Octavas have a start time as well as a duration during which they are active. During a performance, octavas cause the performed music to transpose (just as a real player would do) so you can hear how the music is supposed to sound.

To Add an Octava

Select the Clef tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the octavas.

Move the cursor to the location in a staff where you wish to add the octava. Notice that the cursor changes into a pencil and a dotted line is displayed at the current location in the Music Score.

Align the dashed line with the beat on the Music Ruler where you want the octava to begin, then click the mouse.

This is the "anchor position" for the octava and typically represents the start point for the octava.

As you move the mouse a solid line remains at the anchor position, while a second dotted line tracks your mouse movements.

Click the mouse again to define the end point of the octava.

Note: You can also click and drag the mouse to define both the start and stop positions.

Types of Octavas

8va Transpose notes up by one octave.

8vb  Transpose notes down by one octave.

15ma Transpose notes up by 2 octaves.

To Remove an Octava

Select the octava and press the Delete key.