Entering Music Images

Entering Simple Images

To add images such as notes, rests, dynamic markings and other simple musical symbols (eg. signa, fermata, pause, down bow, etc.) select the Insert Image tool from the NoteAbility Tool palette and type the appropriate character or sequence of characters on the keyboard. The text you type will appear as the Current Command at the top of the score window. Commands can be also be entered by selecting the image in the Note Palette (located in the Score Controls), or by selecting the image in the Image List panel in the Help menu. If regular notes or rests are being entered, the Entry Cursor should be placed on the correct staff and at the desired beat position - these images are placed at the left edge of the Entry Cursor (and may be dragged up and down while the mouse button is depressed.) Other images are entered at the mouse cursor position regardless of which staff the Entry Cursor is on.

Entering Complex Images

To add images such as trills, octava signs, arpeggios, crescendi or decrescendi, multiple measure rests, lines, rectangles, ovals or curves, select the appropriate tool from the NoteAbilityPro Tool palette. Place the cursor on the score, depress the mouse button and drag the mouse to draw the image. Trills, octava signs and multiple measure rests are normally drawn left to right and arpeggios are drawn bottom to top. Crescendi can be drawn either left to right (crescendo) or right to left (decrescendo). Lines, ovals and rectangles can be drawn in any direction. Mulitple measure rests and triplets use the number that is typed in the Command field. Ovals, Lines, Rectangles and Curves are drawn with the currently Graphics settings (from the Graphics pane of the Music Images panel). Different line types (eg brackets, pedal markings, arrows etc.) can be set in the Line pane of the Music Images panel. To create an octava basso or a downward tuplet, select the tool and hold the shift key down while clicking and dragging the mouse.

Slurs are normally enetered by selecting groups of notes and clicking on the Slur Notes button in the Score Controls. You can use Shift-Selecting to select a series of note groups to be slurred -- a slur will be added to the notes in each of the selected groups.

Graphic slurs can be entered by selecting the slur tool from the NoteAbility Tool palette.

- When NoteAbility starts up the Slur Notes button is set as the Hot Button -- the small circle on left side of the button is highlighted) Uou can activate any button that is the Hot Button by typing Command-spacebar.

To add a graphic slur (i.e. slurs not attached to notes) or a curve, select the Graphic Slur or Curve tool from the NoteAbility Tool palette, depress the mouse button to start the slur or curve, drag to the centre point and release the mouse to set the middle point. Continue dragging the mouse to create the second half of the slur and click the mouse button again at the location you want the slur or curve to end. Slurs and curves should be drawn from right to left.

Again, the process for adding a graphic slur or curve is:

  1. depress the mouse button to start the image
  2. drag the mouse (with the button down)
  3. release the mouse button at the midpoint of the image
  4. drag the mouse (with the mouse button up)
  5. click the mouse to finish the image

Image Associations

All images appear at the image size indicated in the Image Size pane of the Music Images panel -- normally this will be the same image size as the staff that the Entry Cursor is on -- and they are associated with the staff that is closest to the point where the image first appears. As well as being associated with a staff, every image has a beat position within the measure it appears in. The staff association affects how the image will be adjusted vertically and the beat position affects how the image will be adjusted horizontally. Images will generally move up and down as the staff they are associated with changes its vertical position on the page. The horizontal position of the image is altered as the rhythmic spine is adjusted or the measure is automatically formatted.

- The rhythmic spine is the horizontal position of beats within the measure. The spine can be altered by moving the Beat Buttons.

All beats are equally spaced -- Altered rhythmic spine

Entering Notes

Although most images are entered simply by specifying the Command and clicking the mouse on the score, NoteAbility provides a variety of methods for entering notes. For more details on theses methods, refer to the following sections of the documentation:

See also

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