Creating a new tune
Entering chords on the second
On the bass (second)
staff, we are going to place chords to accompany your melody.
To help you place notes, if you are not very
familiar with musical theory, here is the list of notes you are
going to use, along with their position on the staff:
__ treble G __
__ E __
__ C __
______________ A ________________ Topmost
______________ F ________________
In the first bar, we're going to begin
with a C major chord in its 2nd inversion, that is to
G, C and E.
Select a half-note
and drop a G into the first bar of the bass staff (see above to
get the position of G on the staff).
To the right of this chord, place the same chord
again, still with half-notes. The first bar is complete:
Then drop a C above this note.
To help you, when moving the mouse, the note to be dropped must show a
+ symbol which indicates that this note will be dropped in the same
column as an existing note.
The C appears in the same column as the G: these
two notes will be played at the same time. Then place an E (two
leger lines above the topmost line of the staff), also in the same
chord is complete.
Rather than entering the same three notes again,
you could use the copy/paste option:
Choose the Selection (lasso) tool in the floating
Click to the left of the chord already placed
on the staff and keep the button pressed down.
Drag the mouse to the right so that
encompasses the chord.
Release the mouse button
Select Edit>Copy (Command-C)
Click in the place you want this
be duplicated (to the right of the first one)
Select Edit>Paste (Command-V)
Do not forget to return to note insertion
mode (pencil and note icon).
In the second bar, place the same chord
If you used the copy and paste options
to insert the second chord, you can simply select "Paste" again.
Then place an A minor chord, made of half-notes
A, C and E as above.
The second bar
In the third bar, place an F major chord,
made of A, C (as above) and F.
Next place a C major chord, identical
to those in the first bar.
The third bar is complete.
In the fourth and last bar, place a D
minor chord, made of A, D and F.
Then select a quarter note duration .
Place a G chord (G-B-D) and an inverted
G chord (B-D-treble G)
If you did not make a mistake, you should have
something like this:
Play the tune