Manuale d'istruzioni - Pizzicato 3.6 IT255 - Revisione del 14/11/2012

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The music typing keyboard

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The music typing keyboard is a hardware keyboard specifically designed to enter music. It is a way to enter music faster and more efficiently than ever. You can test the idea for yourself by using the window that represents the keyboard.

The real keyboard is available from now on, with the release of Pizzicato 3.6. You can buy it directly on our Arpege Music site or through our authorized resellers and distributors.

It connects to the PC through a USB cable and directly activates the keys that you can see in the music typing keyboard window.

Please note that at this point (November 2011, publication of Pizzicato 3.6), the real keyboard does not yet work on MAC computers. We hope to make it soon available on Mac too.

You can open the window representing this keyboard, in the Windows, Music typing keyboard menu item:

As you can see, the layout and the shape of the keys are somewhat different than a normal computer keyboard. The above yellow keys are used in combination with the orange keys to enter the pitch and the duration of notes. Several other keys help you modify or fill in many other aspects of music notation.

The real hardware keyboard is shown here:

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The main idea of this keyboard is oriented around the central set of keys, colored in yellow.

The selection of pitch is horizontal, similarly to a piano keyboard (higher pitch to the right, lower pitch to the left). By default, you see that the note name is displayed in the upper left corner of these keys. Each line has the same notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. You will notice that between E and F, a key is used as a rest.

The three lines of yellow keys are the same regarding the pitch, but offer different durations. By default, the central line corresponds to the quarter note (or rest). The upper line is twice the duration of the central line, by default the half note (or rest) and the lower line is half the duration of the central line, by default the eighth note (or rest). The rhythmic value is shown on the lower right part of each key.

This keyboard is used in Pizzicato as a specialized application of the MIDI cursor tool (see the previous lesson).

When you buy the keyboard, you receive a guide explaining how each key works for entering music. Each key of the real keyboard corresponds to a key of the screen keyboard. To use the screen keyboard, you must click on the keys with the mouse. This can help you understand how the keyboard works, but obviously only the real keyboard can help you to reach a faster speed to enter music, as you can use your ten fingers to be more efficient.

When you connect the USB keyboard to the computer, start Pizzicato and go in the Options, Connecting a music typing keyboard... menu item. A dialog box appears. Check the box to activate the use of the keyboard. Then type several keys of the real keyboard so that Pizzicato can locate its keyboard identifier. Then click OK. If you do not have the real keyboard, it is better to keep it disabled in that dialog box.

After activating the keyboard as described above, when you next open a document or restart Pizzicato, you will see the following additional icon in the tool bar of the score window:

By clicking on this icon, you activate the note entry mode through the music typing keyboard. Notice that the window keyboard will not automatically be open. Indeed, this window is not usefull when you have the real keyboard, as you have it in front of your eyes and in contact with your fingers, so the score can occupy the whole window. However (mostly at the beginning), you may display the window also, with the Windows, Music typing keyboard menu item.

These are the basic functions for entering notes and rhythms. We suggest you to explore these various keys and enter a few measures of notes and rests, with different rhythms and octaves.

Using this keyboard window with the mouse of course does not give you a fast method to enter music. You must however imagine that with a real, physical keyboard showing these keys, all your fingers can be used to enter notes. After some training period, you will reach an efficient and fast method to enter music on a computer.

A series of exercices are available in configuration 2 of the document manager (blue buttons above the left part of the window, showing the documents), in the folder entitled Music Typing Keyboard. The exercises are progressive. There are existing melodies and an empty staff so you can enter the notes in it as an exercise with the keyboard. You will find some fingering advices in them.

Other aspects of entering music [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

Here is the description of several other keys related to entering the notes.

You can use the function keys or the mouse to enable/disable these symbols. You can use the ENTER key to validate or F8 to cancel. If you keep at least one these symbols active, then the active symbols will be automatically applied to each new note. press the LOCK key again to cancel this automatic feature.

You can then select one of the nuances with the arrow keys, the function keys or the mouse. Once added, the symbol can be moved simply with the mouse.

From there on, the notes you enter are tuplets as defined above. By pressing the key once more, you disable the tuplet mode. If you use it with the SHIFT 1 key, Pizzicato opens the full specification dialog box for a tuplet.

Use the ENTER key to validate or F12 to cancel, or one of the function keys or the left/right arrow keys to select a grace note.

Similarly to the nuances, you can adjust the graphic position of these symbols by dragging them with the mouse.

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The following functions are also available through the typewriting keyboard.

To select the clef, you can use the function keys, the mouse of the left/right arrow keys.

If you press this key while holding down SHIFT 1, then the Pizzicato standard clef dialog box appears.

To select the key signature, you can use the function keys, the mouse or the left/right arrow keys.

If you press this key while holding down SHIFT 1, then the Pizzicato standard key signature dialog box appears.

To select the time signature, you can use the function keys, the mouse or the left/right arrow keys.

If you press this key while holding down SHIFT 1, then the Pizzicato standard time signature dialog box appears.

Twelve function keys are also provided and they correspond to practical shortcuts of Pizzicato features.


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