Editing Music

While entering music either manually, using the keyboard, or using the guitar fretboard, you will often have to make adjustments to the music or to modify its appearance. To make these changes you will have to select the image or images you want to change and choose the appropriate editing button or panel.


Selecting Images

There are several ways of selecting images so that alterations can be made to them:

  1. The last image added to your score is automatically selected.
  2. Switching to Select Mode and tapping on or close to the control point of an image selects that component of an image.
  3. Switching to Select Mode and dragging a rectangle around groups of images to select all control points in that rectangle.
  4. Switching to Select Mode and engaging the Edit Link button so that multiple groups of images can be selected.
  5. Switching to Select Score Mode and touching the screen to set a begin score position followed by an end score position in order to select all the images between those points.

- Switching to Select Mode can be performed by touching the Select Mode button on the Main Toolbar or by clicking on the small arrow button attached to the Entry Cursor.

More details on selecting images is contained on the Selecting Images help pages.


Editing Options

Editing actions are performed by either selecting a button to immediately adjust or change the image or by selecting a button which brings up an editing panel which contains a variety of editing options:

The Entry Cursor contains some of the common Editing operations such as:

  • Sharpen selected note (make 1 semitone sharper)
  • Flatten selected note (make 1 semitone flatter)
  • Insert a rest of the same value as the current note
  • Undo the last change to the score

At all times (regardless of which Activity Mode you are in) the most common Editing operations are available on the right side of the Tools Palette:

  • Delete selected image or images
  • Add Articulation to selected note or notes)
  • Shift the selected image or images up a step.
  • Shift the selected image or images down a step.
  • Slur the selected notes or slur the selected note to the previous note.
  • Tie the selected notes or tie the selected note to the previous note.
  • Beam the selected notes.

When an image is selected either by making a selection rectangle around the image or by tapping near a control point, a Popup Edit Menu appears near the selected area.

This menu contains buttons to:

  • Delete selected image or images
  • Cut the selected image or images)
  • Copy the selected image or images.
  • Paste the selected image or images at the position of the Entry Cursor.
  • Slur the selected notes or slur selected groups of notes if multiple selections have been made.
  • Beam the selected notes or form beams on selected groups of notes if multiple selections have been made.
  • Add an articulation to the selected note or notes.
  • Shift the selected image or images up a step.
  • Shift the selected image or images down a step.
  • Shift the selected image or images to the left a short distance.
  • Shift the selected image or images to the right a short distance.
  • Engage the Edit Link button so that multiple selections can be made.

As well, you can choose one of the green buttons on the Variable Toolbar. Each of these buttons displays a panel which provides more detailed editing options. The Operations panel includes some of the common editing options, the Edit Link button (when selected) allowing you to make multiple sections in the score before performing your edit. The remaining 18 buttons provide the following editing options:

  1. Accidental Panel- allows accidentals to be added to notes (including 1/4 tone accidentals) and position adjustments to be made.
  2. Note Attributes Panel - allows the characteristics and appearance of notes to be altered.
  3. Articulation Panel - allows articulations to be added to notes and their positions to be adjusted.
  4. Note Size Panel - allows image size and colour to be altered.
  5. Symbol Panel - allows symbols such as fermati, trills and ornaments to be added to notes.
  6. Tremolo Panel - allows tremolo symbols to be added to notes.
  7. Glissando Panel - allows glissandi to be created between notes.
  8. Beam Panel - allows the appearance of beams to be altered.
  9. Tie Panel - allows the appearance of ties to be altered.
  10. Tuplet Panel - allows the appearance of tuplets to be altered.
  11. Graphics Panel - allows the appearance of graphics images such as lines, rectangles and ovals to be altered.
  12. Font Panel - allows fonts and font colours to be set.
  13. Text Panel - allows text characteristics such as alignment and framing to be set.
  14. Lyric Panel - allows settings for lyrics to be made.
  15. Freehand Graphics Panel - allows the appearance of freehand graphics images to be altered.
  16. Note Playback Panel - allows playback setting to be altered.
  17. Score Graphics Panel - allows complex images such as trills pedal markings and horizontal lines to be added.
  18. Transpose Panel - allows playback transpositions to be set.

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