Editing and Transcribing Trills

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Editing and Transcribing Trills

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A trill is performed as a rapid alternating between two pitches that are a whole step or half step apart.


The trill editing_trills symbol can be displayed with or without the squiggle editing_trills1 line. The squiggle line has no extra musical meaning. In general, the squiggle editing_trills2line is used when the trill spans over a relatively long duration, or when it spans across a shorter time when accompanied by several other relatively short notes.

In the Ornament Palette, the buttons for the two types of trills look like this:

editing_trills3 and editing_trills4.

The following general procedures apply to the editing of trills:

B816Adding Ornaments. The Adding Ornaments procedure explains how you can specify the duration of the trill members, such as 32nd notes or 16th triplets.
B816Converting Written-Out Performances to Ornaments.
B816Reverting Ornaments to Written-Out Performances.
B816Deleting an Ornament.

The following procedures, unique to trills, are described in this topic:

B816Add or remove the editing_trills5line extension of the editing_trills6 symbol.
B816Add an accidental to the trill.
B816Automatically transcribe trills when importing a MIDI file, or after recording a performance from your MIDI keyboard.

prcarrow To add or remove the editing_trills7line extension of the editing_trills8 symbol:

1.Select the trill symbol in the score.
2.Click the editing_trills9 or editing_trills10 button in the Ornament Palette to change the trill symbol.

-- OR --

Type "tr" or "t~".

A trill can optionally have an accidental. The accidental is displayed between the editing_trills11 symbol and editing_trills12 line, or if there is no editing_trills13 line, then above the editing_trills14 symbol. The accidental is necessary only if the upper note of the trill does not fall within the key signature, or if in the same measure there is a previous note that would change the inherited accidental for the upper note of the trill. The procedure for adding an accidental to a trill is described in this topic.

prcarrow To add an accidental for the upper note of a trill:

1.If the trill has not already been added, then add it, as described in Adding Ornaments. You always add an accidental to an ornament after the ornament has been added.
2.In the Ornament Palette, click the Edit Accidental editing_trills15 button.

-- OR --

Type "ac" for accidental.

Musician will display the Trill Accidental dialog box:


3.Select the an accidental, or perhaps "no accidental" to remove an already existing accidental.
4.If you want the accidental to apply to the actual performance-- which you usually will want to do-- then leave a check mark by "Change pitch according to new accidental."


Musician can automatically transcribe trills when it imports a MIDI file or transcribes your performance at the music keyboard.

prcarrow To automatically transcribe trills in an imported MIDI file:

B816Before you open the MIDI file, click the Transcription Options button in the File Open dialog box. Musician will present the Transcriptions Options dialog box. In the Transcription Options dialog box, turn on the check mark for Transcribe Ornaments / Trills. For further details, see Transcribing MIDI Files to Notation.