Note Attributes Pane
  1. If the Music Images panel is not already visible on your screen, choose Music Images Panel... from the Tools menu to make it visible.
  2. If the Note Attributes pane (which contains the tabs: Note Attrib., Heads, Early) is not visible in the Music Images Panel, select Note Attributes from the Available Panes pull-down menu at the top of the Music Images Panel.
  3. Choose between the three tabs in the Image Attributes pane to view controls for Note Attrib., Heads, or Early Music.

Note Attrib. Tab

The buttons on the Note Attributes tab operate on all selected notes and in many cases, on all selected rests as well.

To change the rhythmic value of a note or rest, choose the new durational value and click on the Change Duration To: button. Although the rhythmic value and appearance of a note or rest is altered, the position within the measure is not. A good example of how this might be used is shown below - where measured tremolo is required. The two chords are entered as half notes so that their beat positions will be correct, then they are selected and changed to whole notes using the Change Duration To: button:

Similarly, dots can be added or removed from notes and rests by clicking on the Add Dot button (which contains a "+" sign) or the Remove Dot bottom (which contains a "-" sign). While the appearance and playback duration of the note is altered, the beat position of the image is not altered. The 4 Dot Position arrows can be used to adjust the location of dots beside selected notes. Although NoteAbilityPro automatically makes adjustments to the position of the dots when chords are built, you may need to manually adjust the position of a dot occasionally. In the example below, the upper note's dot was shifted to the right and the lower dot was shifted down.

The 4 buttons along the bottom of this pane are for:

A common use for the Show/Hide Parentheses button is shown below; here the second note of a trill is shown as a bracketed note (with the stem removed). This note was entered as a graphic note with an image size of 18 points.

The Show/Hide Stems button can be used to draw short stems on rests if this appearance is desired. Here, the two rests in the second group were selected and the Show/Hide Stems button clicked.

Heads Tab

To change the appearance of noteheads in your score, select a note or group of notes and click on one of the 16 notehead buttons. When changing to some of these noteheads, you may also want to remove ledger lines by using the Hide/Show Ledgers button discussed above.

Any note can be set to any one of these notehead types. A few of the noteheads can be seen below:

- the first notehead type refers to normal noteheads (not necessary to filled noteheads) so a half or whole double whole noteheads will be drawn if the duration so dictates.

- changing the notehead does not alter the pitch of a note - even in the case where there is no notehead.

Early Music Tab

The Early Music Tab contains a palette of "early music" symbols and buttons for converting between "early music" notes and conventional notes.

The "early music" symbols consist of notes, dots and accidentals. There are both regular and graphical versions of the "early music" notes. The commands for these notes have a prefix "n" - "nd", "nw", "nh" ... or a prefix "&n" for the graphical versions - "&nd", &nw", "&nh"... A long note (which appears as a double whole note with a stem on the right side) can be created with the commands "nl" or "&nl".

To convert selected notes from regular notes to Early Music notes, click on the first of the two conversion buttons. To convert the other direction, click on the second of these buttons. The example below shows a conversion between regular notes and Early Music notes:


The "G" button in this view is for creating graphical versions of the Early Music notes; when selected, subsequent "early music" notes will be made graphical (i.e. not fixed to the rhythmic spine)

Menus Items

The pull-down menu located at the top-right corner of the Note Attributes pane duplicates the NoteAbilityPro Modify/Notes menu and contains the following items:

See also

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