Inputting playing techniques with the popover

You can input playing techniques using the playing techniques popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.

Note

You can only enter one playing technique into the popover during note input. You can enter two playing techniques when adding playing techniques to existing music if they are separated by ->.

Prerequisite

You have created any custom playing techniques you want to input.

Procedure

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

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input a playing technique. If you want to input playing techniques with duration, select items on the staff that span that duration.

  2. Optional: If you want to input playing techniques onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the playing techniques popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-P.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Playing Techniques Playing Techniques button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the playing technique you want into the popover.

    For example, enter pizz or non vibrato->.

    When you start entering a playing technique into the playing techniques popover, a menu appears that shows valid playing techniques containing the letters/words you enter, which you can select. If you want the playing technique to have duration, you can add -> at the end.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.

    Open-ended playing techniques, such as non vibrato->, automatically extend during note input as you continue inputting notes, or if you advance the caret by pressing Space or clicking Advance Caret in the Keyboard, Fretboard, or Drum Pads panel toolbar.

  6. Optional: During note input, stop open-ended playing techniques by opening the playing techniques popover again and entering one of the following entries:
    • To end the current playing technique with another playing technique, enter that playing technique. For example, enter vibrato. This joins the current playing technique to the following one with a continuation line.

    • To end the current playing technique with another open-ended playing technique, enter that playing technique followed by ->. For example, enter vibrato->. This joins the current playing technique to the following one with a continuation line.

    • To end the current playing technique without inputting another playing technique, enter ? into the popover. This leaves the current playing technique with a duration line rather than a continuation line.

Result

The specified playing techniques are input. They are considered voice-specific by default, meaning they only apply to the voice indicated by the caret indicator during step input or the selected voice when adding playing techniques to existing notes. They are automatically placed above the staff for up-stem voices and below the staff for down-stem voices.

Adjoining playing techniques, or playing techniques that were input together or in sequence, are automatically grouped together, both during note input and when adding playing techniques to existing notes.

During note input, playing techniques are input at the caret position and extend automatically if you included an open-ended playing technique with duration.

When adding playing techniques to a single selected item, they are input at that rhythmic position only and have no duration. When adding playing techniques to a range of selected items, they are input at the rhythmic position of the earliest select item and have duration, which applies until the end of the selection. For playing techniques whose continuation type is set to show lines, the appropriate continuation line is shown.

After Completing This Task

  • You can move playing techniques within playing technique groups, lengthen/shorten playing techniques, and hide/show playing technique duration lines.

  • You can enable independent voice playback for individual instruments to hear different playing techniques in different voices simultaneously.