Lines

The Lines palette of the Advanced workspace includes the following types of lines:

  • Slur
  • Hairpins (crescendo and diminuendo)
  • Volta brackets (1st, 2nd, 3rd time endings etc.)
  • Octave lines (8va, 8vb, 15ma etc)
  • Keyboard pedal markings
  • Extended ornament lines (Trills etc)
  • Guitar barre line
  • Straight line
  • Ambitus (early music symbol)

Lines palette, Advanced workspace

Applying lines to the score

Lines can be applied in the following ways:

  • Select a note and then double click one of the lines.

  • Select a range of notes by clicking on the first note and using Shift-click to select the last note. Then double-click a line in the palette.

  • Select a range of notes by clicking on the first note and using Ctrl-click to select the last note. Then double-click a line in the palette. This gives a shorter line than the previous selection.

  • Drag and drop a line from the palette onto the score.

Slurs can also be created using the hotkey S.

Change length

  1. If you are in note input mode then press Esc

  2. Double click the line that you want to change to enter edit mode

  3. Move the handles using the following shortcuts:

    • Shift+ to move the anchor right by one note (or measure)
    • Shift+ to move the anchor left by one note (or measure)
  4. If you need to change the length visually without changing the notes or measures that the line is anchored to, then drag the handles with the mouse or use the following shortcuts:

    • to move the handle right by 0.1 sp (1 sp = one staff space = the distance between two staff lines).
    • to move the handle left 0.1 sp.
    • Ctrl+ (Mac: Cmd+) to move the handle right one sp.
    • Ctrl+ (Mac: Cmd+) to move the handle left one sp.

Custom lines and line properties

Lines like ottavas (8va, 8vb, 15ma, etc.) and voltas (1st and 2nd endings, etc.) make use of features such as embedded text or hooks at the ends of the line. You can also customize lines as you like after adding them to the score, and even add them back into the palette for future use.

  1. Right-click on a line and choose Line Properties...

  2. You can specify text to appear at the beginning, continuation (i.e., the beginning of subsequent systems), and/or end of the line. Click the ... button to control the formatting and positioning of each text type within the line.

  3. The Hook setting lets you create perpendicular or 45º angles at the ends of the line.

  4. Exiting the Line Properties dialog, you can set the thickness of the line in the Inspector, where you can also choose the Line style (e.g., continuous, dashed, dotted).

  5. To save your result back into the palettes, see Custom palette.

See also Line properties.

Copying lines

Once applied to the score, lines cannot be copied using the usual copy and paste procedures. However, you can duplicate lines within a score: press Ctrl+Shift (Mac: Cmd+Shift), click on the line and drag it to the desired location.

Extended ornament lines

To add an accidental to an extended ornament, such as a trill line, select the line and double-click a symbol from the Accidentals palette.

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