Many times, I need to enter a note below a note. When you choose the Add tab there are keyboard shortcuts to add an interval above a note, but no shortcuts to enter an interval below a note. I've tried various methods to do this. Is it possible to add intervals below a note? Or do you have to use the Voices?
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I figured out to add lower notes on the staff. Press P for piano. Press N for note entry. Click on a piano key, say middle C. Press shift and select notes below C. Lift the shift bar. Done.
In reply to I have examples of ways to… by Patricia M Backus
That's one way indeed. But also the others discussed in this thread - Shfit+letter followed by Ctrl+Down, or assign a custom shortcut to the "interval below" commands, or just click with your mouse. A MIDI keyboard also works.
Add the lower note first. That is what I do.
There are shortcuts you can define in Preferences for adding intervals below (Edit -> Preferences -> Shortcuts -> Enter [interval] below). I use Alt+Shift+number for my shortcut, though you could set it to whatever you want.
Use the mouse
FWIW, I have gotten very good at just hitting Ctrl+Down after entering the note with Shift+letter, it's practically second nature to me now. I do occasionally use the mouse if I have a lot of these - perhaps the only time I ever do that for note input. I'm aware I can assign shortcuts to the "interval below" commands, but I don't see myself thinking in terms of intervals when I'm doing this - that seems like it would would break my flow more than Ctrl+Down.
In reply to FWIW, I have gotten very… by Marc Sabatella
Ditto. I'd add that getting used to [Alt]-arrow is very useful to select notes in a chord. I wish I could turn off mouse input, though.