Add intervals popover

The add intervals popover allows you to add notes above and below existing notes, and also transpose existing notes.

This popover makes much of the functionality provided by the Add Notes Above or Below and Transpose dialogs accessible directly via the keyboard.

You can open the add intervals popover in Write mode in any of the following ways:

  • Press Shift-I.

  • Choose Write > Add Intervals Popover.

The table shows some examples of how to structure your entry to transpose notes or add notes to existing notes.


Popover entry

Transpose notes upwards.

t3 or t6

Transpose notes downwards.

t-5 or t-3

Add notes a third above.

3 or 3rd

Add notes a fourth below.

-4 or -4th

Add multiple notes


Separate notes with commas, not with spaces.

3,6 or -3,3,4

Add notes above or below all notes in selected chords.


Separate notes with commas, not with spaces.

3 all or -M2,m3 to all

Add notes only to the top notes in chords.

-3 top or dim5 top

Add notes only the to bottom notes in chords.

aug4 bottom or -2 bottom

Specify perfect interval.

p, per, or perf

Specify major interval.

M, maj, or major

Specify minor interval.

m, min, or minor

Specify diminished interval.

d, dim, or diminished

Specify augmented interval.

a, aug, or augmented

Specify diatonic interval.

diat or diatonic

Transpose notes by mictrotonal intervals.


The first number is the interval degree.

The second number is the number of quarter tones.

t 3 8 qt

If you do not otherwise specify it, the interval is calculated by adding or transposing notes by the number of staff positions specified. For example, in C major, if the selected note is a D and you specify 3 to add a third above, the added note is an F. You can specify the quality of the interval by including it before the interval.

If the selected material already includes chords, notes are added above the top note in the chord, and added below the bottom note in the chord. You can add notes to all notes in selected chords by including all or to all at the end of your entry.

For microtonal transpositions, the first number is the interval degree, and the second number is the number of quarter tones. For example, if you have a C natural and you enter T 3 8 qt, it changes to an E.