Sometimes it is useful to split the notes in a staff into two staves, one for melody notes and a second staff for accompaniment notes. For example, you might want to do this to prepare a melody vocal staff to which you will add lyrics.
To split a staff into two staves with melody notes and accompaniment notes:
|1.||The remaining steps of this procedure will replace the original staff that you are splitting. If you want to preserve a copy of the original staff, then use the Clone Staff command in the Staff menu to make a copy of the staff.|
|2||If the staff controls are visible, then click depress the Staff Selection button to select a staff. If the staff controls are not visible, you can make them visible by choosing the Show Staff Controls option from the View menu.|
|3||Choose the Split Melody and Accompaniment command from the Staff menu.|
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Type "qsplm" for Quick Split Melody.
| Composer will present you with the Split Melody and Accompaniment Notes dialog box.|
|4||In the dialog box, confirm the staff you selected in step #1, or select a staff.|
|5||Click the OK button to confirm the Split Melody and Accompaniment Notes command.|
Composer will replace the original staff with a pair of melody and accompaniment staves, as illustrated below: