Making music with Copyist

How to enter a staff

Double click on the Symbol button in the object type palette in the Copyist Tools window to open the symbol palettes. Click on the Staves palette. The Staves palette will open, showing you all of Copyist's staff symbols.

Select the kind of staff you want (either regular, single-line drum staff or six-line guitar staff) by clicking on it. The staff you choose appears on the Symbol button.

Choose the pencil tool from the Toolbar. Now enter the staff symbol on your page by moving the mouse pointer to where you want to enter your staff and clicking the left mouse button. The staff will appear, with three adjustment handles which let you change the shape of the staff and move the staff before you drop it onto the page.

If you want to move the start point of the staff, click the left mouse button on the left adjustment handle to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the left adjustment handle and changing the start point of the staff.

If you want to move the end point of the staff, click the left mouse button on the right adjustment handle to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the right adjustment handle and changing the end point of the staff.

If you want to move the staff up or down, click the left mouse button on the middle adjustment handle to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the middle adjustment handle and moving the staff position up or down.

Once you have properly adjusted and positioned the staff, click the right mouse button or press the ENTER key to drop the staff onto the page. You can press the ESCAPE key if you want to cancel the operation.

You can adjust the staff after you have entered it, by double clicking on the beginning of the staff (this is always the middle of the top line of the staff, at the far left edge of the page) and selecting Adjust from the edit menu that appears.

How To

Enter Symbols

Enter a staff
Enter a bar line
Enter a clef
Enter a time signature
Enter a key signature
Enter a note head
Beam a group of notes
Beam a single note
Enter a crescendo
Enter a slur
Enter a guitar grid symbol
Enter a chord symbol
Create a user symbol
Enter a user symbol
Enter text
Enter lyrics

Edit Symbols

Edit text
Edit lyrics
Move a single symbol
Move a group of symbols
Adjust beams
Adjust notes within a beamed group
Adjust an adjustable symbol
Delete a symbol
Use the pasteboard

Manipulate Pages

Go to a new page
Create a new page
Insert a page
Erase a page

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