Accent Marks

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Accent Marks

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With Musician you can add a variety of accent marks and other music symbols at noteheads, or at the ends of note stems. You can assign two accents to a single note or chord. You can add accent marks for several selected notes with a single command.

In Musician, the term "accent mark" is defined more generally than the musical definition of accent mark. Musician's term "accent mark" includes other types of annotations that are placed directly above or below notes and chords. These extra annotations include string bowings (up, down) and fermatas..

Musician offers a special option that converts a written-out staccato into a note or chord with a staccato accent mark. For example, this option will convert an eighth note followed by an eighth rest to a quarter note with a staccato mark, or a sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth rest to a quarter note with a staccato mark. See the procedure at the end of this topic.

prcarrow To add one accent mark, or two accents, to one or more notes:

1.Enter Select Mode.
2.Select one or more notes by clicking or dragging the mouse.
3.Type SHIFT+A to show the Accent Palette.

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Navigate to the Accent Palette from the top palette as shown:

    AccentMarkPalett

4.Click one or two of the accent mark buttons.

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    Type one or two of the equivalent keyboard commands shown above.

    -- OR --

    Select one or two of the accent mark types in the Accent Menu.

    Musician will add the accent mark(s) to all of the selected notes.

prcarrow To force the accent mark to be placed at the notehead or at the stem end:

1.Enter Select Mode. Select the note. Type SHIFT+A to display the accent palette.
2.Choose the Place At Notehead or Place at Stem End command in the Accent Menu.

    -- OR --

    Click the Place At Notehead or Place at Stem End button in the accent palette.

    -- OR --

    Type "n" for placement at the notehead, or "s" for placement at the stem end.

prcarrow To remove an accent mark from one or more selected notes:

1.Enter Select Mode.
2. Select one or more notes by clicking or dragging the mouse. Then type SHIFT+A to display the accent palette.

 

The accent palette will show what accent, if any, is associated with the selected notes. If all of the notes have the same accent mark, then the accent mark button shown in a "full on" color. If some, but not all, of the notes have the same accent mark, then the button will be displayed in a  "half on" color.  The colors will depend on your Color Theme. This is illustrated below:

    AccentPaletteTriState

3.If all of the notes have the accent mark, then click the button once, or type its equivalent keyboard command once. That will toggle the palette button to off, and the accent mark will be removed from all of the notes.

If some, but not all, of the notes have the accent mark, then click the button once. That will add the accent mark to all of the notes. Then click the button a second time. That will remove the accent mark from all of the notes.

 

prcarrow To replace a written-out staccato performance with a note or chord with a staccato mark:

1.Select the notes that you want to convert. It does not matter if you also select adjacent rests. Also, it does not matter if you select some notes that should not be converted to staccato notes, because Musician will intelligently determine which notes are staccato notes.

In the following, some notes that will be converted to staccato marks are selected, and some notes that will not be converted are selected. Also, some rests are selected, and some rests are not selected.

AccentConvertStacattoBefore

2.With the mouse, navigate to the Accent Palette, as described in the first procedure in this topic.

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Type SHIFT+A.

3.Click the Replace Notes and Rests with staccato accent_marks button in the Accent palette.

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Type "r." (the letter "r" followed by a dot/period) for replace with staccato (dot).

-- OR --

Choose the Replace Notes and Rests with staccato command in the Accent Menu.

The result of the command for the above example is:

AccentConvertStacattoAfter

Notice how a pair of sixteenth notes did not need staccato marks.