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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 pitch name

Changing a note’s pitch by octave

Changing a note’s accidental

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.

Changing a note’s duration (relative)

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

Changing a note’s duration (absolute)

Using augmentation dots (dotted notes)

Setting and unsetting ties

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

To tie the first to the second:

To tie the second to the first:

Converting a note/chord to a rest

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