Note Duration

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Note Duration

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The procedures below describe how to change the duration of a note by directly editing the note. You can also change the duration of a note by deleting the rest after it. See Deleting Rests to Extend the Durations of Previous Notes.

prcarrow To change the duration of a note:

1.Select the note by clicking it with the mouse.

    Musician will display the Note Palette:


2.Use the buttons in the Note Palette to change the duration of the selected note.

      -- OR --

    Type D+RightArrowKey or D+LeftArrowKey key one or more times to increase or decrease the duration of the note.

The procedure for changing the duration with D+RightArrowKey and D+LeftArrowKey is similar to that for changing the attack location of a note with A+RightArrowKey and A+LeftArrowKey. The amount by which Musicianincreases or decreases the duration depends on the context of the note. If there are no other notes nearby in the same staff, nor any other staff, then the duration will be increased or decreased by one sixteenth (of a whole note). If the note is not a member of a triplet or quintuplet, and if the original duration is not a multiple of a sixteenth note, then the duration will be rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of a sixteenth note. If the note is a member of a triplet or quintuplet, then the duration will be changed so that it aligns with an adjacent tuplet member position. If in the same staff or other staves there is another note or rest which lies closer than one sixteenth away from the current note's as-notated release (end of note), then the note's duration will be changed so that it ends where the nearby note or rest begins. This is illustrated in the following example. It is not really necessary for you to know all of these details. Try using D+RightArrowKey and D+LeftArrowKey and you will quickly get a feel for how it works.

The quarter note is selected with a mouse click:


In each of the subsequent pictures below, the keys D+RightArrowKey have been used to increase the duration. The duration increases by one sixteenth at a time until the note ends at the 32nd note. Then the next D+RightArrowKey command extends the duration by only a 32nd beat rather than the normal sixteenth beat, so that the duration ends at the start of the next 32nd note.