Create grace notes
Grace notes can be found in the "Grace notes" palette in the Basic or Advanced workspace.
Add a grace note
Use one of the following methods:
- Select a regular note and double click a grace note in a palette;
- Drag a grace note symbol from a palette onto a regular note;
- Select a note and press / to create an acciaccatura only.
This will add a grace note of the same pitch as the regular note. To add a sequence of grace notes to a regular note, simply repeat the above actions as many times as required. See also, Change pitch (below).
Note: When a grace note is added to the score, a slur is not automatically created with it, so the latter needs to be added separately. See Slurs.
Add a chord of grace notes
Grace note chords are built up just like regular chords:
- Enter the first note of the chord as shown above
- Select this first grace note and enter subsequent notes as you would for any other regular chord (i.e. Shift+A...G).
You can also create a grace note chord by using the add interval shortcut in step 2: Alt+1...9 for intervals from a unison to a ninth above.
The pitch of a grace note can be adjusted just like a regular one:
- Select one or more grace notes
- Adjust pitch using the keyboard arrow commands, namely:
- ↑ or ↓ to increase or decrease the pitch by a semitone;
- Alt+Shift+↑ or Alt+Shift+↓ to increase or decrease the pitch one step at a time, according to the key signature.
If you want to change the duration of a previously created grace note, select it and choose a duration from the toolbar or enter with one of the keys 1...9 (see Note input).
The position of a grace note after a note (such as a trill termination) may have to be adjusted by selecting the note, going into edit mode and using the left/right keyboard arrows; or change the chord offset values in the Inspector.