- How do I put sharps/flats and repair marks?
- sharps, flats, and natural signs result from the pitch of a note in the chosen key and depending on the history in the measure. By raising/lowering the pitch of a note with <+> and <-> respectively, you can therefore indicate (coincidental) increases and decreases. It is also possible to specify explicitly which accident sign should accompany a note: use the Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destinationon the buttonbar for this.
- If I write an F# in the high octave in a melody, and I also want a low F# in the same measure, MusiCAD omits the second sharp. Is that right?
- Not really... MusiCAD does not take into account the octave in which sharps and flats occur as random characters. An extra (warning) sharp/flat/natural sign can be added with the keyboard shortcut <W> or by using the Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destinationbutton.
- When tying a note with an accidental over a bar line, MusiCAD puts an (unnecessary?) accidental into the next measure. Can I change that?
- Yes, by suppressing the second accidental. Shortcut: <W> (set/suppress warning accidental)
- I want to record something with two flats at the front of the bar but I can't find how to specify the number of flats?
- Accidentals (sharps and flats) are a direct result of the key used. Below is a list of keys and the corresponding number of sharps or flats.
- Specifying the key signature is done when creating a new melody at the TONE line. The above list also appears here. Specifying a key signature is done with the key signature button on the notation bar. This only changes the accidentals, not the pitch; a C is still notated as C (or at most as restored C#).
- Transpose is done with [Part|Transpose]. Both accidentals and pitch now change. A C changes to a D when transposing from F to G.
- Transposing a part for Transposing instruments is done with [Part|Edit]. Both accidentals and note notation now change. At the same time, the 'transposition' is now also taken into account, so that the part is notated in a different key, but continues to sound in the old key. A C turns into a D (whole note higher) but turns out to sound like a C because of 'transposition' (just like a clarinetist says: I play a D but my D sounds like a C on the piano)
- How can I notate a double sharp or double flat?
- In most cases this will happen automatically when you raise the note to be notated with double sharp. Raising e.g. the 1st stage with <+> gives an additional sharp: in C: C → C#, in F#: F# → F## and thus gets a double sharp sign. In some cases you need to apply enharmonic exchange <x>, or - in exceptional cases - alternative enharmonic exchange <alt-shift-x>. (eg to write down the note D as C## in C...). Using Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destinationis usually the easiest way to resolve.
- When I request a piece of music that I made with an earlier version of MusiCAD (before 2.02), I suddenly see double sharps and/or flats in some places. How is that possible?
- In MusiCAD 2.01 and earlier, double crosses/flats were not yet possible. An enharmonic exchange that had no effect in version 1, for example, now suddenly becomes visible as a double sharp/flat. Random raises in a key with many sharps will now (correctly) be noted as a double sharp.
- In the case of false doubles/flats, check whether enharmonic_exchange was accidentally applied and if so remove it with <x> again.
- Use [Edit Menu|Remove Enharmonic Swaps] to undo all enharmonisations.