Crescendo Music Notation Editor Help v 0.97

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Introduction 12/17/2011 1

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Thank you for installing Crescendo. Crescendo is a simple, easy-to-use musical notation editor. Use it to create, save and print musical compositions and arrangements. The application contains a wide array of notation symbols, time and key signatures, text, drag-and-drop, on a free-form layout providing a high level of control over musical notation. 12/17/2011 2


Features Change the key signature and time signature Add whole, half, quarter, eigth and sixteenth notes and rests (semibreve to semiquaver) Compose music in Treble, Bass or C Clefs (e.g., Alto and Tenor) Assign sharp, flat and natural accidentals to notes Keyboard shortcuts toggle between notes and rests Insert text to specify a title, tempo, dynamics or lyrics Drag notes to change their pitch or placement Automatically detects if a measure has the correct beat amount for the time signature Adjust staff line placement by snapping them to margins or other staff lines Add ties and slurs across notes Zoom in and out for easier editing View history of work completed Save to Crescendo's format, or export as MusicXML Print completed music projects, or blank music sheets for hand transcription Create dotted notes, chords, add repeats, and more 12/17/2011 3

System Requirements:

System Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 & Windows 7 12/17/2011 4


Navigation 12/17/2011 5

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The workspace holds the music pages. When multiple pages have been added, they are displayed five in a row before wrapping to another row. Moving among multiple pages can be done by panning and zooming. 12/17/2011 6


Panning There are several ways to pan around the workspace and maneuver between staves or pages. Move around the workpace by dragging with the middle mouse button or scroll button, holding space and moving the mouse, or using the pan tool shown with a hand icon in the left panel. Vertical and horizontal scrollbars are also available. Note that all these panning techniques apply to the entire workspace, including all pages. 12/17/2011 7


Zooming Zoom in and out using the mouse's scroll-wheel, or using the zoom-in/zoom-out buttons on the toolbar. Zoom in while working on intricate music passages, zoom out to quickly locate another stave or music sheet. 12/17/2011 8

Adding Music Notation and Editing:

Adding Music Notation and Editing 12/17/2011 9

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Crescendo contains many of the symbols needed to accurately notate music. The notation symbols are accessed from the left hand panel by clicking the symbol or tool needed. Once a symbol is selected, add it to the music sheet by clicking on the staves. Deactivate a symbol by selecting another symbol or tool, by right-clicking, or pressing escape. Once notes, rests, bar lines, key signatures, measures, etc., have been added they can be edited by dragging to a new position, or deleted if they are selected. Each symbol and editing action is detailed below 12/17/2011 10

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Notes and Rests:

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Notes and Rests The left hand panel contains the available notes and rests that can be added to the score. Click on a note or rest button to activate it, then click on staves to add notation. To deactivate a tool, right-click, press escape or select the standard cursor tool. When adding quavers and semiquavers (eighth and sixteenth notes) in succession, they will automatically be beamed together. To add notes on ledger lines, first place it on the stave, then drag it above or below the stave and the appropriate ledger lines will appear . 12/17/2011 11

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Bars to Create Measures:

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Bars to Create Measures Bars can be added to create measures using the insert bar tool, located in the left hand panel, or by right-clicking on a stave and selecting "Add Bar." 12/17/2011 12

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Staves (Staffs):

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Staves (Staffs) Additional staves can be added selecting "Stave" from the Edit->New menu. New staves will be appended to the current page unless more space is required, in which case a new page is created to accomodate the additional stave. Staves can also be created by right-clicking on a music sheet and selecting "Add Stave". Staves created using this method will be placed directly under the cursor. 12/17/2011 13

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Pages:

Adding Music Symbols: Adding Pages Additional pages can be added by clicking the green tab with a plus icon attached to the upper right corner of the last page. Any page can be deleted by clicking its red tab with a cross icon in the upper right corner. A new pages can also be added by selecting "Page" from the Edit->New menu. 12/17/2011 14


Chords To form a chord, add two or more notes of the same duration to the same position on the stave. Chords can also be created by dragging notes of the same duration to the same position on the stave. 12/17/2011 15


Ties To create a tie between notes or over a musical phrase, select a note and drag from the grey box that appears beside it. A tie will run from the note, following your cursor. Simply drop the tie onto another note. A tie can also be made by selecting two notes and using "Tie Selected Note Pair" from the Edit->Note menu. 12/17/2011 16


Accidentals To set a note's accidental, select the note and click the upper green arrow that appears next to it. This will open a menu showing the available accidentals. To remove an accidental, simply click on it. Accidentals can also be set from the Edit->Note->Set Accidental menu. 12/17/2011 17

Dotted Notes:

Dotted Notes To set a note's dotted state, select the note and click the lower green arrow that appears next to it. This will open a menu showing the available dotted states. To remove dots, simply click on them. Dots can also be set from the Edit->Note->Set Dots menu. 12/17/2011 18

Setting Clefs:

Setting Clefs Simply click the clef you wish to change and select the new clef type from the menu. 12/17/2011 19

Time Signatures:

Time Signatures Time signatures can be set at the beginning of each stave. Simply click the time signature on the music sheet, and the beats per bar and beat value options will appear. Time signatures can also be set by selecting "Set Time Signatures" from the Edit menu. 12/17/2011 20

Key Signatures:

Key Signatures Key signatures can be set at the beginning of each stave. Simply click the key signature on the music sheet (or where it would otherwise be), and a menu with all the major and minor keys will appear. Key signatures can also be set by selecting "Set Key Signatures" from the Edit menu. 12/17/2011 21

Editing the Score:

Editing the Score 12/17/2011 22

Selecting Objects:

Selecting Objects Selected objects are highlighted in blue. Various notation elements can be selected by clicking directly on them, or clicking their associated handles. Holding the control key allows you to toggle the selection of an item on or off. Selections can also be made by dragging a selection box around one or more items. When multiple items are selected, any action applied to one note will be applied to all selected notes. 12/17/2011 23

Deleting Objects:

Deleting Objects Notation elements can be deleted by selecting them and either pressing the delete key, or right-clicking and selecting "Remove". Deleted items can be restored using "Undo" button or by pressing Ctrl+Z . The backspace key may also be used on staves, bars and notes. The item will be deleted, and the previous item selected so the operation may be performed many times. 12/17/2011 24

Moving Objects:

Moving Objects Notes and rests can be moved about by dragging them. They can be moved above and below the stave, with ledger lines automatically created. They can also be moved from one measure to another. Bars may be repositioned by dragging the bar lines. To reposition an entire measure, select the measure by clicking an empty portion of stave within the measure to select, then drag the measure. Pages and staves can be moved by dragging their handles. Handles are grey, with vertical and/or horizontal arrow icons. When positioning staves, they will snap to the margins and to other stave lines. 12/17/2011 25

Bar Completion Indicators:

Bar Completion Indicators 12/17/2011 26

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Crescendo includes a unique feature that evaluates the validity of the notation as it is written. This feature helps composers quickly see if a measure contains the correct number of beats and rest to account for the duration of the measure. As notes and rests are added to a measure, the bar completion indicator will increase in size along the bottom of the measure until the measure's full duration has been met. The bar completion indicator will be colored blue as long as the measure is missing notes or rests. A complete and valid measure will have a green bar completion indicator. Measures containing an excess of notes and/or rests will have a red bar completion indicator, and the extra notes or rests at the end of the bar will appear in red. To view a measure's bar completion indicator, hover the mouse over that measure and the indicator will appear just under the measure. 12/17/2011 27


Loading/Saving 12/17/2011 28

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Scores can be saved with Crescendo in two formats, Crescendo's own format . crs , and MusicXML . To save in . crs format, select "Save" or "Save As..." from the file menu. To export in MusicXML format, go to File->Export-> MusicXML . Crescendo has limited support for MusicXML . Currently, Crescendo is unable to open MusicXML files that contain notation for multiple instruments. 12/17/2011 29

Undo/Redo and the History:

Undo/Redo and the History 12/17/2011 30

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Crescendo has unlimited undos / redos , and an extensive history window. 12/17/2011 31


Undo Ctrl + Z or click the button marked "Undo" in the toolbar. 12/17/2011 32


Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z or click the button marked "Redo" in the toolbar. 12/17/2011 33

History Window:

History Window Access the history window by selecting it from the View menu, and it will appear as a right-hand panel next to the workspace. The history window allows you to see all changes made since the current project was opened. Click on an item to rewind the state of the project to that point in the history. You may also click and drag through the items to dynamically rewind/ fastforward changes made. 12/17/2011 34


Printing 12/17/2011 35

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To print all pages: select File->Print, select the "Print" toolbar item, or use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+P. All notation and text will be printed, on-screen widgets and coloring will not. 12/17/2011 36

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts 12/17/2011 37

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12/17/2011 38 Symbol or Action Key Shortcut Deselect Tool/Normal Cursor Esc Semibreve/Whole Note 1 Minim/Half Note 2 Crotchet/Quarter Note 3 Quaver/Eighth Note 4 Semiquaver/Sixteenth Note 5 Semibreve/Whole Rest Shift + 1 Minim/Half Rest Shift + 2 Crotchet/Quarter Rest Shift + 3 Quaver/Eighth Rest Shift + 4 Semiquaver/Sixteenth Rest Shift + 5

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12/17/2011 39 Add Text T Add Bar Line B Set Clefs Ctrl + Shift + C Set Time Signature Ctrl + Shift + T Set Key Signature Ctrl + Shift + K New Page Ctrl + Shift + P Add Stave Ctrl + Shift + S Tie Note Pair Ctrl + T

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Undo Ctrl + Z Redo Ctrl + Y View History Ctrl + H Pan Spacebar, Arrow Keys Next Page Ctrl + Right Previous Page Ctrl + Left Zoom In Scroll wheel up, Ctrl + Addition Key Zoom Out Scroll wheel down, Ctrl + Subtraction Key Zoom to Fit Page Ctrl + 0 Print Ctrl + P View Help Contents F1 12/17/2011 40

Options ~ Page Setup:

Options ~ Page Setup 12/17/2011 41

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Using this dialog you may set 12/17/2011 42

The page size:

The page size Changing this setting will affect the current document and all new documents. 12/17/2011 43

The default stave creation behavior:

The default stave creation behavior If "One" is selected, new pages will contain only one stave initially. If "Fill Page" is selected, new pages will be filled with staves. 12/17/2011 44

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