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8.1 Lyrics

A lyric “block” is a string of characters equivalent to a spoken syllable. Out of recogni- tion, a lyric block becomes associated with a single note or rest in the staffline immedi- ately above it. Locating the note or rest associated with a lyric block is as simple as searching directly above the center-justified lyric block. All lyric blocks within stafflines are horizontally linked and are separated from each other by dashes, underlines and/or periods.

NOTE: Text and lyrics have different colors. Text is black, lyrics are blue. Text and lyric colors are changeable.

NOTE: Lyrics sometimes appear below a system (e.g. some choral scores) and a special option should be selected before Recognition. See Lyrics Under Last Staff of Systems in "Recognition Options", Section 3.5.1.

image TIP:Move notes in Nudge mode (Shift) to verify lyric-to-note associations.

To edit lyrics,


a. Push the “L” button in the Toolbar to enter Lyric mode.

b. Click into a lyric block or on an associated note or rest. Once highlighted, text within the block can be edited like normal text.

c. Click and drag inside a lyric block to highlight characters for editing. Use the left arrow, right arrow or spacebar on your keyboard to navigate within a lyric block. Once positioned, type normally.

d. Characters can also be cut, copied or pasted to other lyric blocks using standard Ctrl + “X”, “C” and “V” keyboard shortcuts (Cmnd + “X”, “C” and “Vfor Mac).

e. To edit a lyric block below the current line of lyrics, click into the topmost line of lyrics and use the down arrow key. Cursor will enter the next block in lyric line immediately below.

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f. To create a new lyric line, hit Return anywhere in a lyric line. A new lyric line will be created at the first note of the system.

g. Push “L” again (Toolbar) to exit Lyric Edit.

To move lyrics up or down between staves,

a. Hold the Shift key down (Nudge mode), locate the yellow control handle along the left-most barline of the system.

b. Drag the control handle up or down to move entire lyric block.


FIGURE 8 - i: Nudge mode - repositioning Lyrics


TIP:You may also change lyric font size. See "Adding and changing styles of Text and Lyrics", Section 8.2.2.

8.1.1 Dashes, spaces and underscores

Dashes, spaces and underscores are special characters used to separate lyric blocks. Typ- ing any of these characters will move the cursor to the next block. The Backspace key deletes dashes, spaces and underscores.

In the following example, the block “der-” was missed in recognition. The cursor was positioned at the end of the previous block. A dash was entered to create a new “syllabic” block and the correct text was then entered.


FIGURE 8 - 2: Editing Lyrics

Dash = Moves the cursor to next lyric block and inserts a dash. Normally used to con- nect multiple syllables within a single word.

Space = Moves the cursor to the next lyric block. Normally used to separate words.

Does not insert a dash or an underline.

Underline = Normally used as a “miasma”, an underline indicates that one vocal sound should be extended over two or more beats. Inserting creates an underline up to the next block. Entering multiple underlines will string them together over several lyric blocks.

Backspace = Deletes characters inside a lyric block. Also deletes hyphens when back- spacing from one lyric block to the next.

Enter = Creates a new lyric line and positions cursor in the first lyric block below beginning note or rest of the staffline.

8.1.2 Verifying vertically aligned voices

Nudging note heads horizontally is a good way to verify that a particular lyric block is indeed associated with a note stem. In a similar way, Nudge mode is useful in verifying that vertical events are properly aligned. Refer to "Checking vertical alignment of voices", Section 7.9.3 for more information.

To verify vertical alignment of two or more voices in Nudge mode,

Horizontally nudge the upper note (Voice #1) of a vertically aligned set of notes and/or rests. All vertically aligned (joined) notes or rests will move together.