adding notes

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27 Nov, 2013 12:39 PM

I can't add a note within a measure. Even if the cursor is within a measure, when I hit it it advances to the next measure.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Jarod Long on 27 Nov, 2013 12:50 PM

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    Sorry for the trouble! When you hit the space bar, are you inside of a measure that's already full? If so, the space bar will create a new measure instead of creating a division. Measures start out full with a whole rest by default, so you generally will want to set the duration of the initial division to something else by using the bracket keys, the W, H, Q, E, and S keys, or the duration buttons in the sidebar. Alternatively, if you'd like to insert a division even if the measure is full, you can use the tab key instead of space.

    Hope this solves your problem, let me know if it doesn't or if you need anything else!

  2. 2 Posted by jcarlton on 27 Nov, 2013 01:00 PM

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    Jarod, thank you. Nowhere in the tutorial did it state that whole notes were the default mode. I finally found it by hitting the quarter note tab. Seems I can't be the only one who's had this snafu. Maybe quarter notes would be a better default. Nevertheless, I'm grateful for your help.

  3. 3 Posted by jcarlton on 01 Dec, 2013 02:50 PM

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    It just won’t respect my command to write sixteenth note triplets. It keeps changing bars. I’ve never been so frustrated with a product. Please help.

  4. 4 Posted by jcarlton on 01 Dec, 2013 02:52 PM

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    This program is so unintuitive. I want to add some eighth notes but it keeps giving me rests. Please help me. It’s so frustrating. I just want to accomplish the simplest task yet it responds with something I don’t want. What do I have to do to write a string of eighth notes and end the bar with a sixteenth note triplet? I’m trying to follow instructions but this thing seems to have a mind of its own. Every time I open it to begin a new project it’s another learning curve.

    Thank you,


  5. 5 Posted by jcarlton on 01 Dec, 2013 02:59 PM

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    Jared, I need a stem up quarter note played simultaneously over a steady eighth note bass line. It lets me choose one or the other. I’ve tried stem up on the quarter note and stem down on the eighth with no luck.

  6. 6 Posted by jcarlton on 01 Dec, 2013 03:09 PM

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    I know I seem like a dunce but I need to change one measure to 5/4 but can’t figure out how. Do I have to stay with one time signature throughout a piece. I really want to give this program a good review but I’m fighting it, or it’s fighting me.
    Thank you again,


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Jarod Long on 01 Dec, 2013 08:12 PM

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    Hi Jim,

    To write a string of eighth notes starting with a new measure, you should change the initial division inside the measure (a whole rest) into an eighth rest by pressing the E key or by clicking the button in the sidebar that looks like an eighth note (in the slider underneath Basic Properties). You can then add whatever notes you need to that division. Then press the space bar, which will create another eighth rest. Fill in that division and repeat the process until you have as many eighth notes as you want. When you want to create a sixteenth note triplet, create another division by pressing the space bar, then change the base duration to a sixteenth note by pressing S or by clicking the sixteenth note button in the sidebar. Add a triplet notation by pressing / or by clicking the "3" button in the sidebar. Then fill in the notes the same as before.

    Tabular doesn't currently allow multiple voices, so you can't have an eighth-note base line with quarter notes above it on the same track. This is something that will be added in a future update. In the mean time, you can use tied notes to achieve the same sound. In this case, you'd create your eighth-note bass line with an eighth note above it tied to another eighth note.

    To change the time signature in the middle of a piece, make sure the cursor is inside the measure where you want to change the time signature and press the 4/4 button in the sidebar under Measure Notations, or press Shift + T. A popover will appear in which you can specify a new time signature.

  8. 8 Posted by jcarlton on 01 Dec, 2013 11:22 PM

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    I know it’s Sunday and I appreciate your response more than you know.

    Many thanks,


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