Modifying Notes

When you are in Select mode or Select Score mode and have selected images you wish to modify, you can choose from any of the green Edit buttons in either the Edit Toolbar or the Tools Palette. The buttons on the Edit Toolbar bring up panels with the settings and buttons required to perform your edit.

The first 6 of the buttons on the Edit Toolbar are specifically for altering the characteristics of notes

Accidental Panel

The Accidental Panel appears when you select the Add Accidental Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel contains buttons for adding regular accidentals to selected notes, as well as 1/4 tones and 1/8th notes. In most cases, these microtones will be played at the correct pitch during playback.

The Position Arrows will shift the accidental closer or further from the left side of the note.

The Enharmonic buttons will change the notation of selected notes to the enharmonic pitch above or below. For example, a C# will be respelled as a Db with the first button and respelled as a Bx with the second button. Accidentals that can't be spelled with standard accidentals will be left unchanged.

The Parenthesis button will put a bracket around the accidental (and make the accidental smaller.)

The Show and Hide cautionary accidentals will force an accidental to be visible (or hide an accidental) regardless of whether it would normally be shown.

The example below uses a number of buttons from this panel.

- If you need to add a standard accidental (sharp, flat, natural) during note entry, it is faster to use the sharpen note or flatten note buttons on the Entry Cursor than to switch to Edit mode and use this panel.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Note Attributes Panel

The Note Attributes Panel appears when you select the Note Attributes Button on the Edit Toolbar.

To change the rhythmic value of a note or rest, touch the button corresponding to the the new durational value. Although the rhythmic value and appearance of a note or rest is altered, the position within the measure is not. A good example of how this might be used is shown below - where measured tremolo is required. The two chords are entered as half notes so that their beat positions will be correct, then they are selected and changed to whole notes

The attributes buttons do the following:

  1. Remove or reinstate ledger lines from selected notes.
  2. Remove or reinstate stems from selected notes.
  3. Remove or reinstate notes heads from selected notes.
  4. Insert or a bracket around selected notes.
  5. Flip the stem direction (without changing voice).
  6. Add a duration line to the right of the note.

The example below shows the application of each of these 6 operations on 6 notes.

The Dots buttons can be used for adding or removing dots from selected notes.

The 16 note head buttons change selected notes to the notehead type. The passage below shows notes whose note heads have been changed:

In the middle of the panel are three buttons for:

  1. converting a chord into an artificial harmonic.
  2. converting an artificial harmonic back into a chord.
  3. adding a grace slash to selected notes.

Converting chords to artificial harmonics:

- When you convert a chord of a M3rd P4th or P5th into an artificial harmonic, the correct playback pitch for the harmonic is used.

Adding a grace slash to selected notes:

The buttons on the right side of the Note Attributes panel perform the following operations:

  1. Swallow Tie: Convert a group of tied notes into a single note value (a quarter tied to an eighth becomes a dotted quarter.)
  2. Merge Notes: Convert a group of notes or rests into a single note or rest ( two quarter notes become a half note.)
  3. Notes->Rests: Convert a group of notes into rests of the same duration.
  4. Rests->Notes: Convert a group of rests into notes of the same duration.
  5. Make Graphic: Convert a group of notes and rests into graphical notes and rests (which can freely be moved in the score.)
  6. Make Normal: Convert a group of graphical notes and rests into normal notes and rests (which are aligned to the rhythmic spine.)

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Articulation Panel

The Articulation Panel appears when you select the Articulation Button on the Edit Toolbar.

In the Articulation panel there are 14 different articulations that can be added to selected notes. The position buttons specify whether the articulation appears near the notehead (on the opposite side from the stem) or whether they are forced to be below the notes or forced to be above the notes. As well, the number of staff steps that the articulation is from the notehead can be changed. Below we can see a series of notes each with a different articulation type.

The Set Position button is used to alter the direction and staff step distance on the articulations of selected notes. As well, the two arrow buttons can be used to adjust the relative position of articulations from the notes so they are further or closer to the notehead. In the example below, the UP arrow was used to move the articulations further from the note heads.

The clear button (C) is used to remove articulations from selected notes.

- When you want to alter the position of an articulation you should select the note that the articulation is attached to. It is also possible to select and drag articulations without using this panel.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Note Size and Colour Panel

The Note Size and Colour Panel appears when you click on the Note Size Button on the Edit Toolbar.

In NoteAbilityPro the standard staff size is 36 points, but you can alter the size of selected images or change their colour using this panel. For example, if you want notes to be slightly smaller than other notes on the staff, you can select them and change their point size to 24 by using the slider to select 24 and touching the Change Size button. The Restore Size resets the slider to 36.

To change the colour of any images on the score, select the images, touch the Choose area of the colour well, select the colour, and touch the Set Colour button.

In the example below, a group of notes was selected and their size changed to 28 point and their colour changed to orange.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Note Symbol Panel

The Note Symbol Panel appears when you select the Note Symbol Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel contains a group of 24 symbols and fermati that can be added to selected notes or resets. When you add these symbols to notes, they are positioned according to the settings in the Position Area on the right side of the panel. The symbol can be placed above or below the note, and the vertical distance from the note as well as its horizontal offset can be set using the + and - buttons. As well, some images (such as the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th symbols) include text and the text to appear as part of the symbol can be typed into the text box and the font changed using the Choose Font button.

In the case of trill and turn symbols, you can select an accidental to appear on top of the symbol by choose one of the accidental buttons at the bottom of the page

In the example below all 24 symbols have been added to notes.

The clear button (C) is used to remove symbols from selected notes.

- It is possible to have more than one symbol attached to a note, just make sure that the vertical distances of the two symbols are different so they don't draw on top of one another.

- Trill lines will automatically be extended for the duration of the note (including tied notes.) one another.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Tremolo Panel

The TremoloPanel appears when you select the Tremolo Button on the Edit Toolbar.

The Tremolo Panel is used to add tremolo lines to the stems of selected notes. There are 8 tremolo types to choose from with the first four being standard measured tremolo figures.

The Add Correct Tremolo button calculates how many tremolo lines should appear based on the note duration. If you don't want this to happen, you can select the Force This Tremolo button which will force the number of tremolo lines regardless of note duration. In the example below three line tremolo is added to both staves, but the top staff uses Add Correct Tremolo and the lower staff uses Force This Tremolo.

The Distance from Stem End arrows adjust the tremolo on selected notes so the tremolo is closer or further from the end of the stem. The Stem Length arrows alter the stem length on selected notes. Together, these arrows can be used to customize the appearance of tremolo symbols.

The clear button (C) is used to remove tremolo lines from selected notes.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

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