Adding Notes

There are several different ways to add notes to your music. The most straightforward approach is to Use the mouse to add notes from the Input Palette.

To show/hide the Input Palette, click on the "Elements" button in the main tab "Home"

(You can also record pitches directly into your score - see Recording from a Keyboard.)

Notes are always added to measures in a specific staff. When you enter a new note, the notation engine automatically determines stem direction, spacing, etc. for the note.

If necessary, the measure is widened to accommodate the new note.

If you add a note that will not logically 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, voicing, etc. 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.

Here’s How To Add a Note

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

Move the cursor over the measure to which you wish to add the note. (Notice the feedback provided by the note cursor.)

  • The 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.

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

Click the mouse to add the note. 

How To Remove a Note

Select the note and press the Delete key on your keyboard.