Whole notes over smaller notes?

• May 12, 2018 - 06:03

How do you overlay a set of quarter/eighth notes over a whole note in the same measure?


In reply to by sonnyjameslir

The answer is there. Why explaining the same thing time and time again rather than pointing at the spot where it is explained? "use voices" is by far the most frequently given answer.
And indeed reading the entire handbook once, front to back is a good thing, it will save you more time in the long run.

In reply to by sonnyjameslir

Then I'm more dumb than anyone else.
Because I always read the user-manual of a software I intend to use if available (Yes, even before I download and install and use it).

Because to understand the answers to these (and similar) questions:
What can this software do?
What method does it do?
Are these methods familiar to me; If not, can I easily adapt to these methods?
What are the main missing features of the software?
Are some features I am looking for available in the software?
How to ... in this software?

Of course, you can be a "brilliant genius", who doesn't want to read the fine manual even for information that will help you a lot in any action you can do with this software.

Typically, the way I do it is via the following:

  1. Place down your whole note as you normally would.
  2. In the upper taskbar, under and slightly to the right of the text reading "concert pitch", you should see the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. If you have placed a note value down and are in the edit mode, it will most likely have the "1" value already highlighted in blue. Click 2, 3, or 4 (it doesn't matter which one, but I usually click 2 as it helps keep track better what voices I have used) and it will switch to a different color, signifying that you are adding another voice.
  3. After choosing one of those numbers, you can now add other note values on the same measure as your whole note. So now, you can add your quarter or eighth notes.

Important sidenote: You will need to click back on "1" to edit your original whole note and "1st voice" notes. As long as you are in Voices 2, 3, or 4, you can only edit notes and rests that you've added within those voices.

In reply to by M. K. Unthank

If you are using only 2 voices, it is highly recommended and usual to use voices 1 and 2. This keeps the stems in the different voices pointed in different directions. When you use more than one voice, voices 1 & 3 have stems pointed up and 2&4 have stems pointed down by default.

One other thing to point out in different voices is that you cannot use tab to move to the start of the next measure in any voice but 1. If you only want a note in voice 2 on beat 1, you will either need to enter the rests or go back into voice 2 if you use tab to get to the next measure.

If you use the keyboard, ctrl+alt+2 (# = 1,2,3 or 4) to change to a voice rather than clicking the number on the toolbar.

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