Inputting holds and pauses with the popover

You can input holds and pauses using the holds and pauses popover, both during step input and by adding them to existing music.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an existing note to which you want to add a hold or pause.


      You can only add one hold or pause to one note at a time.

  2. Press Shift-H to open the holds and pauses popover.
  3. Enter the hold or pause you want into the popover.

    For example, enter fermata or caesura.

  4. Press Return to close the popover.


During step input, the specified hold or pause is input at the caret position.

Fermatas appear above the selected note, and above all notes or rests at that rhythmic position on all staves, or the rhythmic position of the note, chord, or rest that corresponds with the end of the fermata.

Breath marks appear to the right of the caret or selected note.

Caesuras appear to the left of the caret or selected note, and appear on all staves at that same rhythmic position.