Small Meter Changes


Insertion of a new meter affects all the music from the measure of insertion until either the end of the piece or until the next meter is found, whichever comes first. If you want to change the meter of a section of your music without affecting the entire piece, a few extra steps are necessary.


As an example, let's say that you are working on a song which is in 4/4 time. You would like to change the meter in measures 10-19 to 3/4, leaving subsequent measures in the original 4/4 meter. The first step is to define the endpoint of your new 3/4 section by inserting another 4/4 meter at measure 20. A dialog box appears, warning you that the new 4/4 meter is redundant (strictly speaking, it is, but the notation engine doesn't know what you intend to do - hence the warning). Click on the OK button; the 4/4 time signature at measure 20 appears. Now you can insert your 3/4 meter at measure 10, and only measures 10 through 19 will be affected.


One word of warning, though. If you are changing the meter such that there are fewer beats per measure in the new meter than in the old, and you've got notes throughout the entire section that you are changing, you run the risk of some of these notes getting displaced into the following section. This is because the length (in beats) of your original section may be longer than the new section will allow, given the same number of measures.