Lesson 3

The Speedy Entry Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.49.13 AM

The Speedy Entry Tool allows you to enter notes using your MIDI keyboard. If you don’t have access to a MIDI keyboard, read through this lesson anyway so you will understand the concepts.

Open up your original String Quartet document.

Note: If you don’t have a MIDI Keyboard skip down to the Tuplet Tool portion of this lesson.

Make sure that you have set up your MIDI keyboard and that it is turned on and ready to go. If you are not sure about your MIDI set-up, please read the section on setting up your MIDI devices in the
Print Music manual.
From the
Main Tool Palette, select the Speedy Entry Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.49.13 AM by single clicking on it.

From the
Speedy pull down menu make sure that Use MIDI Device for Input is selected.

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Single click on the first full measure of the Violin 1 part and you should now see an “editing frame” enclosed around the measure that you selected.

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 9.48.25 AM Speedy Entry Editing Frame.


Read Through All The Following Steps First!

Hold down a note on your MIDI keyboard.

With the note still held down, select a number from your computer keyboard that corresponds to the rhythmic value you wish to enter.

For example, to enter an eighth note, I would hold down middle C on my MIDI keyboard, and then hit the number 4 from my computer keyboard.

I will now have a middle C eighth note appear in my staff.

Your
Print Music Manual contains a Quick Reference Card to help you with corresponding numbers and rhythmic values.

Find the Simple Entry Keyboard Shortcuts for the various note duration shorts cuts or use the graphic below. The chart listed below can also be found in the Print Music Help File under the Help pull down menu.

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Try It! Try entering notes, or chords using the method described above.
To enter rests while using the
Speedy Entry Tool, enter a value from the Numeric Keypad on your computer without holding down a note on you MIDI keyboard.

To edit notes, add ties, raise or lower the pitch of a note, or perform other edits using the
Speedy Entry Tool, you must position the cursor on the not head. You can also use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move the cursor to the note or notes that you want to edit.

Editing Notes Using The Speedy Entry Tool

Make sure that the
Speedy Entry Tool is selected.

Click on the measure you wish to edit so that the
Speedy Entry Edit Box appears.

To raise the pitch of a note by a half step, place the cursor on the note head and press the “+” on your numeric keypad.

To lower the pitch of a note by a half step, place the cursor on the note head and press the “-” on your numeric keypad.

To change a note to its enharmonic equivalent, place the cursor on the note head and press the “9” key on your numeric keypad.

To move a note to a new pitch, click on the note head and drag the note to a new pitch.

To erase a note, place the cursor on the note head and press the
delete key on your computer keyboard.

To add a courtesy accidental, place the cursor on the note head and press the “*” on your numeric keypad.

To add a dot to a note, place the cursor on the note and press the “.” key on your numeric keypad.

To Enter Ties To A Note

To enter ties in real time using the Speedy Entry Tool, enter the note, press the “=” key and then enter the next note. The tie will now appear.
You can also go back and enter ties later by placing the cursor on the first note of the grouping that you want to tie, and pressing the “=” key to attach a tie to the next note.

Entering a Triplet or Tuplet Grouping in Speedy Entry

Make sure the
Speedy Entry Tool is selected.

Select a measure by clicking on it so the
Speedy Entry Edit Box appears.

Before entering any note values, press the
Option key (Mac) Ctrl key (PC) and then “3” on your computer keyboard. This will select a triplet grouping. You should now see the number 3 appearing in the upper right hand side of your speedy entry edit box.

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Selecting a triplet grouping in Speedy Entry



You may now enter the notes or rests that will make up your triplet. PrintMusic will automatically group your entries into triplets.

If you desire other Tuplet groupings, select a different number for your Tuplet. For example, a quintuplet grouping would be
Option key (Mac) Ctrl key (PC) and then “5” on your computer keyboard.

Power User Hint (Speedy Entry)

When you have to enter a long string of notes (in this case eighth notes) that are of the same value. Press the Caps Lock key and then “4” on your computer keyboard. The number 4 will now appear in the lower left hand corner of the Speedy Edit box indicating that an eighth note duration is selected and “locked” in.

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Caps Lock 4 to enter a string of eighth notes.


You can now play notes or chords on your MIDI keyboard and a steady stream of eighth notes will be entered into your score. You can also do this for other rhythmic values.


To Automatically Jump To The Next Measure

When using the Seedy Entry Tool, select Jump To Next Measure from the Speedy pull down menu.

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To move to the next measure automatically using your computer keyboard, press the “]“ key to move forward and the “[” key to move back within a staff.

Do It! Experiment with the Speedy Entry Tool using the concepts discussed on previous pages.


The Tuplet Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.53.36 AM

The Tuplet Tool allows you to create, edit, and position tuplets or other irregular rhythmic divisions.

Make sure that your String Quartet is still open.

Create the following in the second measure of the Violin 1 part:

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Select the
Tuplet Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.53.36 AM by clicking on it.

Single click on the first note in the measure. You will now see the following dialog box:

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Tuplet Definition Dialog Box

The Tuplet Definition dialog box allows you to select the type of tuplet that you want to enter as well as what items you wish to display. Make sure that Number and Bracket are both selected.

Click
OK.

You will now see your tuplet with several boxes attached to it. You may move the number and the bracket around by grabbing the boxes.

If you wish to view the tuplet without the boxes, click on another tool in the
Main Tool Palette to deselect the Tuplet Tool.

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 9.52.54 AM Tuplet created with Tuplet Tool.


Do It! Experiment with creating different tuplet groupings using the Tuplet Tool.


The Smart Shape Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.19.49 AM

The
Smart Shape Tool allows you to add slurs, trills, crescendos, and other music notation shapes to your score.

We will now go through and create several smart shapes using the
Smart Shape Tool.

Open your String Quartet if it is not already open. Are you sick of this String Quartet yet?

Create the following in the Violin 1 part:

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To add a slur, make sure that the
Smart Shape Tool is selected from the Main Tool Palette.

Select the Slur Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.21.59 AM by clicking on it so that it is highlighted.

To create a slur between the first two-quarter notes, double click on the first quarter note’s note head. You should now see the following:

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 9.57.56 AM Creating a slur with the Slur Tool.
You may now drag the slur so that it goes over all four-quarter notes by grabbing the triangle at the end of the slur and moving it to the last quarter note.

Notice that the target note will highlight in black when you have locked into the desired slur placement.

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 9.58.26 AM Target notes highlighted by Slur Tool.

Once the target notes are highlighted, release the mouse and you will have your slur between all four quarter-notes.

Use the box attached to the slur to change the position of the entire slur.

Use the triangles attached to the slur to adjust the height on parts of the slur.

To Flip A Slur (Above or Below Notes)

Make sure the
Smart Shape Tool is still selected.

Single click on the box attached to the slur that you want to change.

Click on the
Smart Shape pull down menu and select Direction and Flip.

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The following keyboard shortcut comes in really handy for flipping slurs:

F (Mac) or F (PC) to flip your slur.

Try It! Move and adjust the four-note slur that we just created.

Go through each of the
Smart Shape Tools and read the brief definition that is displayed as you single click on each tool.

Experiment by creating and editing different Smart Shapes. Using the guide below:

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Courtesy of Finale PrintMusic®


To
Delete a Smart Shape, single click on the box attached to the Smart Shape and hit the delete key on your keyboard.

To adjust the height and position of dynamic shapes use the following:

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Courtesy of Finale PrintMusic®


Helpful Hint:

Sometimes when you are doing a lot of edits, strange ghosts, elongated markings, etc. may appear on the screen. Finale limits screen redraws so that you can work faster. If your screen does not look right, use the following keyboard short cuts to redraw your screen:

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Project 4:

Using your original string quartet document create the following using the
Smart Shape Tool.

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Use the Save As command so you don’t overwrite your original String Quartet and save this as your name Project 4.


Also notice what happens when you play back the piece. PrintMusic adds the Smart Shapes to the playback! Maybe that is why they are called “Smart Shapes”

OK. So it is not a great joke (maybe a good one)?


The Selection Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.27.54 AM

This tool allows you to select any region or small part of your score and edit the material.

To Copy A Single Full Measure

Create a measure with four quarter-notes in the cello part of your String Quartet.

Click on the
Selection Tool to select it.

Single click on the measure and notice that the entire measure is now highlighted.

Grab the highlighted measure with your mouse and move it directly into the next measure. You should see the empty measure highlight when you hit the “target” measure.

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Selecting the target measure with the Mass Edit Tool.

You can drag your measure to any stave and PrintMusic will automatically do the transposition for you!

To Copy A Partial Measure Or Single Entry

Make sure that you still have the Selection Tool selected.

You can select a single entry (note) by clicking on that entry or select more than one entry by clicking and dragging to highlight more than one entry.

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 10.05.01 AM Selecting a single entry.

Selecting More Than One Measure

Using the Selection Tool, you can select more than one measure by:

Clicking and dragging the mouse to highlight multiple measures. Note that this will only allow you to select those measures or staves that are visible on your monitor screen.

Clicking on the first measure that you want to copy, scroll to the last measure that you want to copy and
Shift-Click on that measure. All of the measures between the first and last measure you selected will now be highlighted. You may also do this across staves by Shift-Clicking on each staff.

To
Copy your selected material:

Go to the
Edit pull down menu and select Copy.

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To Paste your selected material:

Single click on your target measure so that it is highlighted.

Go to the
Edit pull down menu and select Paste.

You should now see you material pasted in from your selected target measure.


Copy and Replace or Copy and Insert?

PrintMusic gives you two flavors for copying music:

Copy and Replace mode copies music from the selected material and Replaces the entries in the Target measures.

Copy and Insert mode inserts a copy of the selected material just before the target measure.

Try It! Try using the methods for copying music discussed above. If you have any questions or comments please post them on the Discussion Board of the course home page.

Erasing Music And Measures

The Selection Tool will also allow you erase music or measures.

To erase music, select the
Selection Tool and select the material that you want to erase by double clicking on it. Notice that your selected measure is also selected in each string part. This is called a Measure Stack.

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From the
Edit pull down menu select Clear All Items.


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If you select the
Clear button on your computer keyboard, PrintMusic will also clear the contents of the selected measure or measures replacing note entries with rests.

If you select
Delete or the Delete button on your computer keyboard, PrintMusic will delete the selected measure or measures from your score. Be aware that if you have multiple staves in a score, deleting a measure will remove that measure from all staves.


The Time Signature Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.29.13 AM

The Time Signature Tool allows you to change time signatures after you have set up a document using the PrintMusic Setup Wizard.

Make sure that you still have your String Quartet open.

Select the
Time Signature Tool Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 7.29.13 AM by clicking on it.

Double click the third measure of the Violin 1 part and you will now see the following dialog box:

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The
Time Signature dialog box allows you to select different time signatures and time signature durations for your score.

Let’s take a closer look at the
Time Signature dialog box:

Use the
Scroll Box in the Number of Beats: box to change the top number of a time signature.

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Use the scroll arrows to increase or decrease the top number of a time signature.

Use the Scroll Box in the Beat Duration: box to change the bottom number beat value and grouping of a time signature. You may also notice that by changing the beat value you may get a different top number depending on the grouping of beats.

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Use the scroll arrows to change beat duration and beat grouping for a time signature.

Do It! Experiment with changing the time signature. Notice that once you change a time signature for a single staff, all of the remaining staves default to the newly created time signature.

PrintMusic will not allow you to have independent time signatures. You will have to upgrade to Finale to get that feature.

The Measure Region dialog box allows you to set the duration and placement of your newly created time signature.

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If you click on
More Options

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You will have a choice to select the
Abbreviate box, PrintMusic will use (where possible) the abbreviation for a time signature. For example: 4/4 will read as C etc. if the Abbreviate box is selected.

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Recap: Lesson 3

You should have a better understanding of:

The Speedy Entry Tool

Editing Notes with the Speedy Entry Tool

Entering Ties and Tuplets with Speedy Entry

The Tuplet Tool

How to back up your work automatically

The Smart Shape Tool

Flipping a slur or smart shape

Editing a smart shape

The Mass Edit Tool

Copy, paste, and delete using the Mass Edit Tool

Copy and Replace and Copy and Insert

Erasing Music and Measures using the Mass Edit Tool

The Time Signature Tool

Screen Redraw

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