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.

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

  • Select a range of measures and double click a line.

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 may contain features such as embedded text or hooks at the ends (e.g. ottavas and voltas). They can be customized once they have been added to the score, and the results saved to a workspace for future use:

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

  2. Add any text you want to appear in the line.

    • Begin: Text added here appears at the beginning of the line:
    • Continue: Text added here appears at the beginning of a continuation line.
    • End: Text added here appears at the end of the line.

    Click on the ... buttons to adjust the Text properties at each position as required.

  3. If a hook is required, tick the appropriate "Hook" box, and adjust the hook length and angle.

  4. Select an option from "Place": "Above or "Below" positions the text so that it overlaps the line; "Left" places the text to the left of the line.

    Note: Additional placement options are available in the "Text properties" dialog (see step 2, above).

  5. Click OK to exit Line Properties.

  6. Make adjustments to Color, Thickness and Line type (solid, dashed etc.) in the "Line" section of the Inspector. Ticking "Diagonal" here allows you to create a diagonal line by dragging the end handles.

  7. If you wish to save the resulting line for future use, see Custom palettes.

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 and hold 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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