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A piece usually starts to be
played from the first written bar, and is performed bar after bar till
Some symbols enable however to change this linear
progression. They are called breaks.
Break types :
Breaks can be of three types :
- Barlines enable
to specify the piece starting bar, the piece ending bar, or to frame a
group of bars to be repeated several times.
Some other barlines (bold, double or dotted)
have no effect on the way the piece is played.
- Part markers, which
allow, when a set of bars is repeated several times, to specify what bars
have to be played the first time, the second time, etc.
These symbols are sometimes improperly called
-Jumps and conditional
actions, to perform jumps or to stop music playing under some conditions.
Below, an array of all break symbols you can find
in a a score. Click on their name to get a detailed explanation of what
Unlike most of the other music programs, break
symbols (barlines, part markers or jumps and conditional actions) are performed
by the program when music is playing, even in case of complex association
or nesting of these symbols.
How to insert a break symbol ?
Use the "Barline" or "Part, Jump & Target" tool palette, according
to the break type you need to insert.
In this palette, select the break type and click on the required position
In a same bar, number of simultaneous break symbols
is limited :
- Only one "barline" at the beginning of the
bar (ex :
- Only one "barline" at the end of the bar (ex
- Only one "part marker" at the beginning of
the bar (
- Only one "part marker" at the end of the bar
- Only one "Jump target" at the beginning of
the bar (Segno
or Coda )
- Only one "Jump or conditional action" at the
end of the bar (ex : Fine, D.S.,
D.C. al ...)
How to edit a break symbol ?
With the "lasso" tool, double-click on the break symbol to edit. The
break edit window opens.
You can, in this window, change as well the appearance of this symbol
on score, as the way to play it.
In the bottom of this window, an explanatory text tells you the action
to be actually performed while music is played.
Please refer to next pages in this manual to get, for each break type,
the list of parameters you can edit.
||Warning : While editing a break symbol, you must ensure the
graphical display (texts and symbols to be displayed on score) matches
the actually performed action, so that your score remains readable.
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