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Score Editor Tutorial - Text, Lyrics and Symbols
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The second score editing tutorial will show you how to enter and edit lyrics, expressions, text, symbols and clefs.
To start, load QuickScore Elite and load the file SILENT.QSD by clicking on the File menu, selecting the Open menu item and then double-clicking on SILENT.QSD in the file window. This piece is Silent Night.
Let's start by maximizing the Score Editor. If you haven't already done so, click on the button in the top right-hand corner of the Score Editor's window with the triangle pointing up (the maximize button). Now the Score Editor will fill the screen. If you just finished the first score editing tutorial, you are probably still in Print Preview mode. We want to be in Edit mode so make sure the page button in the Score Editor's control area is not highlighted.
We'll start this tutorial by deleting the second line of text in bar
three, "Shep ? herds quake". We'll first select the L in the
object type palette in the Score Editor's control area to put us in Lyric
Click on the OK button.
Select all the notes in the third bar by dragging over them. Click the
mouse on the top staff at the beginning of the third bar. Hold the mouse
button down and drag the mouse to a point after the last note in the bar.
Release the mouse button. Now the music you dragged over with the mouse
should be highlighted in reverse video and an edit menu should drop down.
Now let's reenter this line. Select Lyric 2 from the Lyric drop-down
list box at the far right of the Score Editor's control area (click on
the list box and click on Lyric 2).
The lyric editing cursor should appear to let you enter the second lyric
line for the first note in bar three.
Spacing Lyrics Vertically
Let's change the vertical spacing for lyrics using the Lyric Positioning dialog. Click on the Display menu, select Page and click on the Lyrics button at the bottom of the dialog. Put a check mark in the Reposition lyrics box and change the Lyric 1 position to 6 and leave the Spacing number at 5. Click on OK. The lyrics will move up a couple of rows. (One row is equal to half the distance between two staff lines or two ledger lines.)
Editing Expression Text
Let's edit the "moderato" expression text in bar one. Click
on the E in the object type palette. Now you can edit expressions. Double-click
at the beginning of the "moderato" text. A box with a red arrow
will appear to the left of the text and a menu will drop down from the
edit menu. Select Edit from the drop down menu and a text editing dialog
Entering Block Text
Now let's put in two blocks of text and set the fonts for each of these blocks. Click on the T in the object type palette to select Text mode. Select the pencil tool from the toolbar. Click the mouse just below the second staff of the first bar. A little box with a cursor inside it will appear.
Let's make this box a bit bigger. Move the mouse over the bottom right-hand corner of the box. The mouse pointer will change from a pencil to a double-ended arrow at 45 degrees. Click and drag the end of the box to the right and down. Let go of the mouse. Now the box should be a bit bigger. You can change the shape of the text box in this way any time you want to when you are editing text or entering text.
Now let's enter some text. Click inside the box and type "Silent
Night is a Christmas carol."
Changing Text Fonts
Now let's change the fonts for these pieces of text. Click on the Display menu and select Page. Click on the Fonts button at the bottom of the Display Page dialog. We want to change the fonts for Text 1 and Text 2. First we'll do Text 1. Click on the button with the name of the font for Text 1. Choose the font, the font style and point size for the Text 1 font. Make it something interesting. Click on OK and do the same thing for Text 2. Press on OK to get out of QuickScore Elite's Font dialog and OK again to get out of the Display Page dialog. You'll see the new fonts for the two text blocks you entered.
Moving Block Text
Let's move a text block around. Select the NSEW tool (the tool with the four arrows on it) in the toolbar. Grab one of the text blocks by clicking the left mouse button in the top left corner of the block and dragging the mouse while holding down the mouse button. When you release the mouse button the text is placed where you moved it.
Let's put in a few symbols. Select the symbol in the object type palette.
Entering a Slur
Now let's put in a slur. Let's select the slur symbol. Click on the symbol
in the object type palette, click on Adjust and select the slur symbol
(the one in the lower left-hand corner of the Adjustable palette that
appears. The slur will now appear in the symbol button in the object type
palette. Let's put the slur over the notes in the second bar on the first
staff. Enter the slur by clicking and dragging it from its starting point
to its ending point. Then adjust its shape by dragging around the three
little triangles (control points) and finally enter the slur by pressing
ENTER. If you don't want to enter the slur press ESC instead of ENTER.
Entering a Crescendo
Now we'll put in a crescendo going from just after the piano mark to the end of the bar. Select the crescendo symbol from the Adjust symbol palette. Enter the crescendo symbol by dragging it in as you did for the slur. Reposition it by dragging the control points (the little diamonds) with the mouse. When you have it the way you like, press ENTER. If you don't want to put in the crescendo symbol press ESC instead of ENTER.
Entering a Guitar Chord
Now let's put in a guitar chord at the beginning of bar 5. Click on the
horizontal scroll bar once at the right of the scroll box. The display
will move forward to bar 4. Bar 5 is the second bar displayed. Select
the tablature chord symbol from the Misc. symbols palette. Click the mouse
above the first staff at the first beat in bar 5. The Tablature Chords
dialog will appear.
Spacing Guitar Chords Vertically
Our guitar chord is a little low (it overlaps the note below it). Let's change the guitar chord position by using the Guitar Chord Positioning dialog. Click on the Display menu, select Page and click on the Tablature Chord Position button. The entry position will affect all new guitar and other tablature chords entered. We want to reposition all the chords we entered (just one), so put a check in the Reposition all chords box. Let's set the entry position to 6 rows above the staff instead of 4. Click on the 4 in the Rows above staff list box to open it and select 6. Now click on OK. The guitar chord will be moved up two rows and all future guitar chords you enter will be at this level.
Automatic generation of chord names and guitar chords
You can automatically generate chord names and guitar chords based on
the notes that are already in your tracks. To do this, choose the arrow
tool from the toolbar, choose the note in the object type palette, select
all or part of a track and choose Generate Chords from the edit menu.
The Generate Chords dialog appears.
Choose whether to analyze all notes in the bar or beat, or just the notes at the start of the bar or beat. (You might choose to analyze just the notes at the start of each bar or beat if you have lots of melodic notes that don't necessarily form part of the underlying chords.)
Choose whether to analyze notes in all tracks or just notes in the current track.
You can generate any combination of chord names and guitar chords. The chord names and guitar chords are positioned at the tablature chord entry position, which can be changed by clicking on the Tablature Chords Position button in the Display Page dialog, available under the Display menu.
6-String Guitar Tablature Notation
To display a track with a guitar tablature staff, select the Track Display dialog from the Display menu and set the clef to 6 String Tab.
You can also enter a Guitar Tab clef symbol at the beginning of the track
to display the track with a guitar tablature staff. (While in the Score
Editor, select the Guitar Tab clef from the Clefs palette, select the
pencil tool from the Tools palette and enter a Guitar Tab clef at the
beginning of the track.)
For example, to enter a note on the second fret of the highest string, click and hold the left mouse button on the highest string. Press the UP arrow key twice so that the number 2 appears. Now let go the left mouse button.
To move a note from one string to another, use the NS tool (the second tool from the end in the toolbar). When you grab and move a note up and down, the fret number will move from string to string. The pitch of the note stays the same as you move the note from string to string - the fret number will change to reflect this. The exception is when the note could not be played on the string to which you've moved the note. In this case the string is made open and the pitch of the note is changed to reflect this.
To change the number of the fret, choose the NS tool. After you select the note by clicking and holding the left mouse button over the fret number, press the UP and DOWN arrow keys while you keep the left mouse button down. When you let go the left mouse button, the note has the fret number you've chosen on the string you've chosen.
The Tablature Edit Menu
When you select a single note in a tablature staff (choose the arrow tool from the toolbar, and double-click on the appropriate fret number), you can Cut the note, Copy it, change its Fret or change its String.
To change the fret, you have to enter the new fret number in the Fret
dialog that appears.
When you select a group of notes you can set the strings for the notes. When you first set a track to display as guitar tablature, each note comes up on its default string. Sometimes (especially for notes above the highest string) the notes will overlap one other. When you select Set Strings, QuickScore Elite puts the highest note of each chord on the highest string and then chooses the highest possible string for each of the subsequent notes so that they don't overlap each other and are most easily played by a guitarist.
You change the tuning of your guitar tablature strings from the 6 String
(Guitar) Tablature Tuning dialog, available from the Options menu.
Now let's put in a few clef changes. Click on the clef in the object
type palette to select it and click on it again to display the clef palette.
Let's choose an alto clef (the clef in the fifth position).
You've seen an overview of most of the things you can do with the Score Editor.