As we saw the "Edit" menu applies actions to the selection.
The selection modes
You create the selection using the "Select" tool in the "Edit" tool
palette. The selection can be continuous
(by area) or discontinuous
The continuous selection is
defined by a start and end
time position. All symbols included in
this area are processed when performing a copy/paste/erase/add
operation, or any other operation related to the selection range.
For example, here is a continuous selection:
The two first chords are selected.
The discontinuous selection enables
you to select symbols individually, for example two notes among the
four in a chord, all and only the rests in a bar, etc.
are invited to view the "How to use discontinuous selection" video
tutorial. ("Windows>Tutorials" menu in the program).
For example, here is a discontinuous selection:
Only two notes are selected
||Note : The discontinuous selection
is available starting in Melody Assistant 7 and Harmony Assistant 9.
To define a
discontinuous selection, switch to "Select" mode ("Edit
tools" palette) and click the symbols (notes or rests) while holding
the Shift key down or using the right mouse button.
Creating a discontinuous
The symbol color changes when it is selected. Perform the same
another symbol to create a set of selected symbols.
Note that the selected symbol color can be changed in the Global
settings, "Screen" panel.
If you click the
symbol again while Shift key is held down, or using
the right mouse button, it is
deselected. To deselect all the symbols, click anywhere in the score
holding down the Shift key.
To select a group
of symbols, click anywhere while holding the Shift key down, and move
mouse with the button down. A rectangular area is drawn, and symbols
included in this area are selected. As for the individual selection,
this area selection toggles symbols from selected to deselected state.
in one click
Actions that can be applied to a
discontinuous selection are the same
as those applied to a regular selection range.
"Edit>Copy" copies selected symbols to the clipboard. You can then
paste them to another place, by clicking the desired location to
define an insert point, then use "Edit>Paste"
"Edit>Erase" erase the selected symbols.
"Edit>Appearance>General" changes the appearance of the selected
"Edit>Pitch change" changes the pitch of the selected symbols
If you change the stem size of a selected symbol while holding the
key down, stem size for all selected symbols is changed at the same
If you move an accidental while holding the Shift key down, all
accidentals are moved.
And so on...
Discontinuous selection enables
moving a group of symbols.
When dragging any symbol from a discontinuous selection, the whole set
of selected symbols is moved.
This move can be vertical: you change all note pitches.
It can be horizontal: you move these notes to another time position in
the score. This move can be performed within the same staff or to
The note you selected to move the whole group is the "master note".
When the master note is moved to form a chord with another note of the
"+" symbol appears. This means the group will be added to existing
notes to build chords, if possible.
Otherwise, the group will be inserted at the selected position and the
existing notes shifted.
In contrast to copy/paste which preserves note pitches, moving a group
preserves the graphical appearance of the symbols on screen.
If you include several notes in a regular (continuous) selection
range, then click it with the Shift key down, you change the regular
selection range into a discontinuous selection, and you can move,
insert or add these notes as explained above.
If an insertion point is present,
when a group of symbols is copied to
the clipboard, then pasted, the group is pasted at the insertion point
position. It is the usual behavior.
But, before pasting, if at least one symbol is selected through
discontinuous selection, the clipboard content is added as chords to the existing
symbols startng at
the time position of this selected symbol. In this case, the original
pitches are preserved instead of their graphical appearance.