Manuale d'istruzioni - Pizzicato 3.6 IT285 - Revisione del 14/11/2012

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Graphic note entry tool on the staff

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You will find a tool with icon in the Composition palette from the Tools menu. This is a special tool to enter music graphically on the staff. The idea is to combine several movements of the mouse to specify the note characteristics. It is designed to enter simple music, mainly with one voice per staff, but may be combined with all other Pizzicato tools. It only requires to use the mouse. If you copy an existing score, you can for instance keep one finger on the original score to follow where you are copying from, and use the other hand with the mouse to enter the music. Its main positive point is how rhythmic values are selected. We will explore this tool with several examples.

You will notice that each vertical green line corresponds to a beat of the measure. The additional horizontal lines are displayed as a reference to add notes above or below the staff.

The red line in fact shows how long the note will be. Release the mouse button now and the quarter note will be validated.

Watch the various transformations of that note. Now do the same to the left, until the note has become a 32nd note. Now elease the mouse button to have an 8th note.

With this tool, you can decide the duration of the note. You do not need to select each time a rhythmic value on a palette or with a keyboard shortcut.

When you click a new note, its rhythmic value is by default the same as the last rhythm you have entered. So when the music contains several notes with the same rhythm, you just have to adjust the first and the others will automatically be the same rhythm.

You will notice that the vertical lines change their position according to the measure content. Some notes are graphically small with a longer duration and for other notes it is the reverse. The vertical lines are adapted so as to always show where the beats are, related to the notes.

When you double-click and hold the mouse button down (which means: click, release fast, then click again fast, but do not release the mouse button after the second click), you can do three other things with it. Here they are.

These new ways of entering music are experimental. You can always suggest us new ways to improve this function. The purpose is to enter music more intuitively and faster. To master this tool, you should work with it a few hours to enter music. Only then it should show its power. At any moment, you can still use the other shortcuts (accidental corrections, beaming,...) in combination with this special tool.

Intuitive chords entry [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

In the Composition tool palette, you will find the intuitive chord entry tool: . This tool is a new way to enter the notes of a series of chords. You should already have a series of chords symbol in the score and this tool will help you to set the exact notes on one or more staves, very easily and intuitively.

The red line below the chord has the same meaning as in the tool explained previously. If you move the mouse to the right or to the left, you can respectively lengthen or shorten the duration of the chord. When you release the mouse button, the chord duration is validated.

The vertical mouse position specifies the upper note of the chord. Notice that if there is no chord symbol in the score, the chord displayed will always be C. Otherwise, as we will see in a moment, the notes are taken from the current chord displayed as a symbol.

Of course, once you have validate a chord, you may still rearrange its notes just by moving them up or down, or by removing a note by dragging it outside the measure.

You can specify here how the chords must be constructed. The following options are available:

As there are only two staves, Pizzicato has placed the two additional notes on the second staff.

One interesting application of this tool is for instance the harmonization of a string, brass or woodwind section. You can have for instance 4 staves and specify to skip one or two notes. By adding a note to the first instrument and moving it to hear how it sounds like, you can quickly fill in an orchestral set of measures for a given chord progression. Please note that this is not really harmonization according to the rules of harmony, as Pizzicato will only display the notes as a systematic application of the above explained rules, with no other consideration (parallel fifth or octaves, resolution of dissonnances,...). But it can help to quickly have some idea of how a passage may sound. You are free to move some notes here and there to improve the voice leading.

Viewing note colors according to chords [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

An addionnal tool in the Composition palette is the  icon. This tool is just a handy duplicate of the coloring function of notes according to the chords and scales present in the score. This option may also be found in the Options, menu, Graphic options item, in the Use of colors popup menu. When this tool is active, the note heads will be displayed in green if they are part of the current chord, in orange if they are part of the associated scale to the current chord, or in red if they are not part of either the scale or the chord. If you select it with the above score, you will get all notes in green, as by definition they are all part of the current chord. But if you move some notes of that chord, you will for instance have:

This coloring feature may be very useful, mostly to beginners, when harmonizing a section, as you can directly see the status of each note in the score. Of course you can at any time change the chord symbol and the colors will change accordingly.


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