I’m starting out assuming that you have downloaded NotePad from:
Today we are going to “write” a piece of music.
I’m assuming that NotePad is not active. Start it up now.
1. If a “Document Setup Wizard” window does not automatically open, select “New…” from the file menu and it will then open.
2. In the “Title:” field of the Document Setup Wizard window enter:
Music Theory – 0003
3. In the “Composer:” field enter your own name or anything that amuses you (I don’t need credit for this).
4. You can make note that you can have Portrait or Landscape mode and that you can dictate a variety of page sizes. Leave all that as is and click the “Next >” button on the bottom right.
5. Now we need to select instruments. In the left box click “Keyboards”, in the center box click “Piano”, and then click “Add >” and the word “Piano” should appear in the right hand box.
6. Now go back to the left box and click “Voices”, select “Soprano Voice”, and again click “Add >”.
7. Since we want the voice to appear above the piano part, click on “Soprano Voice” in the right-hand box until it is hilighted, and then click the up arrow button on the far-right center. “Soprano Voice” should now appear above “Piano”.
8. Click “Next >” in the bottom right corner of the window.
9. In this window we can select a number of Time Signatures at the top, select a Key Signature in the middle, and the Number of Measures at the bottom center. Please only change the Number of Measures to “4”.
10. Click the “Finish” button on the lower right of the window.
Something strange happened to me here. There are three measures at the top of the page and one measure at the bottom of the page with a lot of space in between. Don’t worry, if you see that it should correct itself shortly.
There are now four windows open, arrange them so they look like the picture below:
The upper left window is the “Main Tool Palette”. Be careful which of these tools is selected because when you so something with the score the program will think you are using the selected tool.
Below that is the “Simple Entry Palette”. You will use this to select specific note values.
The “Playback Controls” will play your piece any time you like.
Lets enter some notes. We are going to do so on the center staff, the Treble Clef of the piano part.
These two options were probably already selected. You can use the View menu to zoom in, making note entry easier.
Enter a Middle C on the middle staff in the first measure, the Treble Cleff of the piano part; and if you miss, while it is still highlighted in pink, you can use your cursor-up and cursor-down keys to move it up and down until it is on the first ledger line below the staff.
Continue adding notes until it looks like the picture below. Notice that the last notes in the second and fourth measures are hollow with stems. You will have to select a different note type from the Simple Entry Palette to match what I have entered, and then switch back. These are different rhythmic values which I have not covered yet. The hollow note with a stem is to the left of the solid note with a stem in the Simple Entry Palette. You will need to switch back and forth. If you make a mistake, select the correct note type and click over the wrong note, this will change it and/or select it and you can drag it up and down or you can use the cursor keys. The delete key will erase the highlighted note. (Ignore the pink note in the Soprano staff).
I imagine that was hard if you have never done it before. It gets easier with practice. If you have a numeric keypad, you can change the note values with the “5” and “6” keys. It won’t work with the other number keys, just on the keypad.
Since that was so much work, and because I want the voice part to be identical to the Treble Clef of the piano part, let’s copy and paste it. You need to change tools on the Main Tool Palette and select the upper left tool, the arrow over a dotted box. Click in the first measure of the Treble Clef of the piano part between notes and the entire measure of only that part should highlight in blue. Now while holding the Shift Key down on your keyboard click in the same way between notes in the fourth measure. The entire line should now be highlighted in blue. Now execute a regular copy command or select copy from the Edit Menu and then click in the first measure of the Soprano part so that it is highlighted. Then execute a paste command from your keyboard or select “Paste” from the Edit Menu. The result should look like the following:
Now for the last of the note entry let’s do something harder. First select the Note Tool from the Main Tool Palette, and then the eighth note from the Simple Entry Palette, they look identical with a single flag coming off the stem. Try to enter all these notes like in the picture below. You only need to change to the hollow note with the stem at the very end. Be careful of which lines and spaces you put the notes on, if you put them in the wrong place they probably won’t sound very good!
One more thing. Let’s add lyrics to the Soprano part so you can vent your frustration over all this difficult work. You will need the Lyrics Tool from the Main Tool Palette. It is the one with the feathered quill and ink bottle.
Below the first Middle C in the Soprano part, position your cursor until the little cursor has a tiny arrow pointing up to the note and then click. If you are too low that arrow will point downward and we don’t want that.
Enter the words like in the final picture below. You move from note to note using the tab key. Also, using the space bar or hyphen will move you to the next note. You only need to position the cursor with the mouse once. You can use my words or make up your own. The grand finale is below:
You can click on the above to make it larger, even print it out after right-clicking on the enlarged image and saving it.
This was an extremely hard exercise for a beginner. I had you focusing on placing notes on the staff that you might not be familiar with. I’ll go easier next time and that will give you time to experiment with this until you can make it work.
Ask questions if you are having trouble. I’ll not give another assignment like this for a little while. Once you get it right, print it out. The quality of the output is remarkably good and worth the effort.
Until next time.