minstrel: OoP- Noteworthy Technical stuff

ConstanceFairfax at cs.com ConstanceFairfax at cs.com
Sat Feb 17 19:10:34 PST 2001

In a message dated 2/17/01 12:02:35 PM Eastern Standard Time, cley at juno.com 

> I don't know if you can split a line like that on NW. On my version, you
>  can't. You may have to write the divided lines out as separate parts.
>                   Arlys

On my version, you can use Chord Member Command.
Here's the Help file info...


This command adds a new note to an existing note, rest, or chord that is just 
behind the insertion point. If only a single note or rest is present prior to 
executing this command, a new chord will be formed that combines this new 
note with the prior item. If the operation is not allowed (due to a rules 
violation, as described below), the computer will beep and no change will 

A chord is capable of supporting notes of two differing duration and/or 
differing stem directions. If the new note's stem direction and note position 
is consistent with the note, rest, or chord to the left of the insertion 
point, then the new note is combined with the item to the left. When 
combining notes with a previously placed rest, the stem direction tools can 
be used to control whether the notes appear above or below the rest. 

The following rules apply to chords in NoteWorthy Composer : 

1.  In most cases, a chord can contain only one note at each vertical 
position on the staff. Two notes with the same pitch but differing duration 
or stem direction cannot be added to the staff unless: 

a)  no other notes above them in the chord have a stem down
    b)  no other notes below them in the chord have a stem up

2.  Two notes at the same vertical position but with differing accidentals 
should never be added to the same chord or unpredictable results will occur. 
If either of these notes are dotted, then both should be dotted, or the 
visual results may be confusing to the reader. If only one of two overlapping 
notes is to be dotted, then ties should be used to demonstrate which voice is 
    3.  If a chord member is added to an existing note, it must have the same 
duration, or it must be in the opposing stem direction. Attempts to add a 
third duration type to an existing chord, or two notes of differing duration 
but the same stem direction, will be rejected.

4.  A chord containing a rest is created by first placing the rest, and then 
adding one or more notes to that rest. The duration of the rest must be 
smaller than that of the notes that are added to it. The stem direction 
assigned to the rest must be different (opposite) than the note that is being 
added, or the operation will fail.
    5.  A note with its stem going downward cannot be combined with a lower 
note which has its stem going upward. The reverse is also true: a note with 
its stem going upward cannot be combined with a higher note that has a 
downward stem.

Chord members can be added most efficiently by pressing <Ctrl Enter> from the 
computer keyboard. This automatically executes the chord member command. 
Chord members can be removed from a chord in a similar fashion by pressing 
<Ctrl Backspace> when the insertion point is directly to the right of the 
note to be removed. When removing notes from an existing chord that includes 
dual stem directions, the remaining items will still have their stem 
direction set. This holds true even if all of the items with stems going in 
one direction have been removed. 

Lastly, it is important to understand that only the smaller duration item is 
actually used in aligning notes on a score. When creating split-stem chords, 
the notes in the larger duration are ignored when formatting and alignment is 
performed with respect to other notes above and around this item. It is also 
only possible to beam, triplet, or slur the notes of the shorter duration in 
a split stem chord. 

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