Add and Remove Tempos



Tempo markings vary the tempo of a performance, and can be divided into 3 distinct groups: tempo expressions areUsed to set a particular tempo, changing tempo markings - such as accelerandos and ritardandos - are instructions to slowly change from one tempo to another, and pauses are instructions to pause the performance briefly before continuing.


Although tempo markings are displayed above a particular staff, they affect the performance of the entire piece. During a performance, the tempo is automatically changed according to the various tempo markings.


Once a tempo marking is added to your music you can edit its appearance and performance properties.


To Add a Tempo Expression


Select the Tempo tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the tempo expressions. Notice how the Input Palette resizes to display additional controls.


In the Input Palette, type in text for the tempo expression if desired (e.g. "Not too fast"). You can also select the small button next to the text field to display a list of standard tempo expressions such as Andante, Adagio and so on.


Move the cursor to the location in a staff where you wish to add the tempo. 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 where you want the tempo expression.


Click the mouse to add the tempo at the specified location.



To Remove a Tempo


Select the tempos and press the Delete key.


To Add a Changing Tempo or a Pause


Select the Tempo tab in the Input Palette, then select one of the changing tempos or a pause.


Move the cursor to the location in a staff where you wish to add the tempo. 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 where you want the tempo to begin, then click the mouse.


This is the "anchor position" for the tempo and typically represents the start point for a changing tempo such as an accelerando.

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 tempo.


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



To Add a Fermata or a Comma (Breath Mark)


Select the Tempo tab in the Input Palette for the Fermata, or the Accents tab for the Comma.


Move the cursor over the note or rest to which you want to add the fermata or comma. Notice that the cursor changes into a bullseye and the note highlights when the cursor is over the note.


Click the mouse to add the fermata or comma to the note.