Create a New Score

STEP 6: Create A New Score

To create a new blank score, choose the New item from the File menu. A dialog box appears which allows you to describe the score layout (paper size, printing size, page margins, number of systems per page, number of staves per system, time signature, etc.)

For now, just use the default settings (a piano score in 4/4 meter), by clicking on the Create Document button. A blank score with five piano systems should appear on the screen. Notice the Entry Cursor which is located on the top staff in the first measure of the score. This is the location at which notes and rests will be entered.

You will also see that the entry cursor contains some shortcut buttons for adding sharps (top-left) or flats (top-right), for inserting a rest (bottom-left), for undoing the last change to the score (bottom-right) or jumping back to the previous cursor position (above the undo button). As well. the tall rectangle at the right side of the Entry Cursor can be used to drag the Entry Cursor to a new location on the page.

Along the top of the score, you will notice several important controls. These controls include the NoteAbilityPro Tool palette (which allows you to switch between operations such as entering images, editing images, entering text, etc.), the Command field (which indicates which image will be entered when the mouse button is clicked on the score), controls for moving from measure to measure or page to page in the score, and score playback controls. There are aslo buttons for choosing which voice the notes are to entered in, for adding accidentals to notes, and check boxes to indicate that notes or rests should be triplets or quintuplets.

At the right side of the window there are four small buttons which extend the score window with some of important score controls such as the Track Setup and the Tempo Map

Initially the Command field should display a "q" which represents a quarter note. Whenever you type on your keyboard (while the score is the front and active window and you are not entering text) the characters appear in the Command field. The commands are usually one or two characters long such as:

- Note and rest images can be combined into more complex note groups. For example, the command hqe. will result in a half note tied to quarter note tied to a dotted eighth note.

- It is not necessary to click in the Command field when you are changing commands for images - just type the text and it will be directed to the Command Field whenever the score is the front and active window.

Rather than typing the note commands, you may use the note buttons (located below the NoteAbilityPro Tool palette). While you are learning the image commands, you may want to use the Image List panel as a shortcut for entering the various music images.

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