Getting started with chord articulation

• Jul 24, 2012 - 20:37

Per lasconic's suggestion, I thought I'd experiment with the V2 chord articulation facility (My apologies, Nicolas, for posting before to the wrong forum.) For the life of me, the only way I can create a new ornament is to use a text processor to edit a note in the mscx by adding a new set of events to the note definition, then opening the mscx in V2 and editing the ornament in the rudimentary editor provided. Surely, that's not the way I'm supposed to create a new ornament.


After flailing away a bit at V2's chord articulation facility, I've come to these observations: The method to add an ornament is as follows, open the articulations & ornaments menu, then drag the ornament to the target notehead. This is supposed to generate not only the symbol of the ornament, but also (I believe) a default "events" section in the note's definition. However, for a new piece of music, a default events definition is created (at present) only for the prall and mordent symbols: two notes for the prall and three for the mordent. These notes can be edited with the rudimentary editor provided in the menu associated with a note edit menu.

To add an events definition to an ornament other than the prall or mordent or to change the number of tone changes for a prall or modent articulation, I believe you must (presently) manually edit the mscx file. Presumably this is because the coding for ornament articulations is not yet complete. A manually created events definition can then be edited with the chord articulation option in the note edit menu.

Perhaps a better name for "chord articulation" is "ornament articulation."

In reply to by Miwarre

A time/pitch position in the chord articulation window

Will be producing a video tutorial eventually - but not till 2.0 is on prerelease.

But may do something in the meantime if you think it's necessary - have been trialling some new screen casting software and am itching to try it out :)

In reply to by chen lung

There are so many possible interpretations of ornamentation, dependent on period of composition, composer, nationality, how granny's lumbago is today etc etc that selection from a list is likely to take up more time than entering the desired result into the chord articulation window :)

Better to have just one customisable default for each instance, and maybe a way to lock in that customisation fro an entire piece, although in some cases that would not be enough - English 17th century keyboard music is littered with ornament signs which are played differently depending on the context.

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