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Note basics

Here’s how to change note basics using our editor — note pitches, rhythmic durations, etc.

There’s usually more than one way to do each of these things, so we’ve included all of them here.

Changing a note’s pitch by dragging

Click the note and drag it up or down:

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Changing a note’s pitch by pitch name

  • With the note selected, type the pitch letter, A through G, using your keyboard.
  • Or: Search the editor for “Set pitch” and choose the pitch.

Changing a note’s pitch by octave

  • With the note selected, hit Control (or Command) and the up/down arrow to move up or down an octave.
  • Or: Search the editor for “Move down an octave” or “Move up an octave.”

Changing a note’s pitch by transposing diatonically

  • With the note(s) selected, use Option and the up/down arrow to move up or down diatonically.
  • Or: Search the editor for “Move up diatonically” or “Move down diatonically.”

Changing a note’s accidental

  • With the note selected, click one of the accidental icons in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Accidental” and choose your desired accidental.
  • Or: Use the appropriate keyboard shortcut.

By default, we show and hide accidentals based on customary rules (accidentals hold until the end of the bar, etc.). If you set an accidental on a note whose staff line already has that accidental active, we won’t display the accidental. But if you’d like to force the accidental’s display, just enter the accidental a second time and we’ll force its display. (To unforce the display, enter the accidental yet again.)

Want to add parentheses to an accidental? See cautionary accidentals.

Toggling enharmonic spelling

Want to convert an B flat into an A sharp? Do that by toggling the enharmonic spelling.

  • With the note selected, click the “Toggle enharmonic” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Toggle enharmonic.”
  • Or: Use the keyboard shortcut (default is Control+E).

Changing a note’s duration (relative)

  • With the note selected, hit the minus key (-) to increase the note’s duration. Hit the plus key (+) to decrease the note’s duration.
  • Or: Search the editor for “Increase duration” or “Decrease duration.”

Tip: This also works if you have multiple notes selected, even if they have different durations among them.

Changing a note’s duration (absolute)

  • With the note selected, click the appropriate note type (e.g., “Eighth note” ) in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Search the editor for “Set quarter note,” “Set eighth note,” etc.
  • Or: Use the appropriate keyboard shortcut.

Using augmentation dots (dotted notes)

  • With the note selected, click the “Toggle augmentation dot” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Use the keyboard shortcut (default is the period/dot key, .).
  • Or: Search the editor for “Toggle augmentation dot” or “Toggle two augmentation dots.”

Setting and unsetting ties

First make sure that you have two adjacent notes with the same pitch.

To tie the first to the second:

  • Select the first note and click the “Toggle tie to next note” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Use the keyboard shortcut
  • Or: Search the editor for “Toggle tie to next note.”

To tie the second to the first:

  • Select the second note and click the “Toggle tie to previous note” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Note basics” panel .
  • Or: Use the keyboard shortcut
  • Or: Search the editor for “Toggle tie to previous note.”

Converting a note/chord to a rest

To clear all the notes in a beat, hence converting it to a rest:

  • Select any of the notes and use the keyboard shortcut R.
  • Or: Search the editor for “Clear notes; set to rest.”