Reminder Accidentals (Courtesy Accidentals)



Reminder Accidentals are accidentals placed in front of notes where the accidental is already implied from the rules of notation. For example, if a C sharp is in a previous measure, and a C natural is in the following measure, a natural is not needed in front of the C since the sharp only carries through the previous measure. However, to make things absolutely clear to the player, you may want to put a natural in front of the C as a reminder. Click here for some more examples of where reminder accidentals areUsed.


To Add Reminders to Existing Notes


  • Select the Notes tab in the Input Palette.
  • Choose an accidental in the Notes tab.
  • Click on the reminder symbol (the parentheses to the right of the accidentals).
  • Make sure that no note values is selected (To unselect a note value, click on it).
  • Place the cursor over the note that you want to add the reminder to (The cursor will turn into a bullseye and the note will become highlighted when you are positioned over the note). Click to place the reminder.


Entering Notes With Reminders


  • Select the Notes tab in the Input Palette.
  • Choose a note in the Notes tab.
  • Choose an accidental in the Notes tab.
  • Click on the reminder symbol. All three symbols should be selected.
  • Enter the note as you would normally.


Removing Parentheses from Reminder Accidentals




To Add Reminders to Tied Notes


When you tie two notes together that have accidentals, the second accidental is hidden. If the tie is over a system break, you may want to unhide the second accidental to turn it into a reminder.


  • From the Voice drop list in the Notation Bar , select Hidden.
  • The second accidental will appear in a grayed state. Select it, and with the Properties Palette, uncheck the Hidden box.