How do I tie the note I just added back to its predecessor?

• May 21, 2022 - 19:04

I know about the '+' command for tying a note to its follower, but that's what I want to happen less than 1% of the time. The 99.9% case is where I'm zipping along, entering notes, and I get something like an eighth tied to a half tied to a whole. To do this from the keyboard, I have to enter the first two notes ('4', 'c', '6', 'c'), hit the back arrow twice, hit '+', enter the next note ('7', 'c'), hit the back arrow twice, hit '+', then continue. That's a lot of keystrokes. There are commands that affect the last note entered (like the up and down arrows to shift by a half step). Is there a way to configure the default for '+' to apply to the PREVIOUS note, tying it back to the one before it? It would save a lot of unnecessary fiddling on the arrow keys and would fit the way I transcribe or copy music much better.

EDIT: If a note I am about to enter is supposed to be tied to its successor, pressing '+' before entering the note does nothing. For example, pressing "4 + c 5 c" does NOT produce an eighth note tied to a quarter note.


You can't back-tie, as it were. You can, however tie as you enter the notes. e.g. 6 C 5 + gives you a half-note tied to a quarter note, 5 C 6 + 4 + gives you a quarter note tied to a half note tied to an eighth note. No back-arrow required, just forward-planning.

So to summarize - you aren't suppsoed to first enter the tied note and then back up to tie it. You are supposed to simply press the tie button, which adds the note and ties it all in one step. So it's actually more efficient than what you are asking for, which would still require two keystrokes to accomplish what actually requires only one.

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