Not if they plan ahead.
Completely stuck on this one…
how can I get rid of the orange time signature and keep the pickup bar?
I managed to bodge this when originally it was 4/4 but as I changed to 2/2 it all went pear-shaped.
I tried doing “shift - B” then typing in things like 2/2, -q1 and 2/2, -q3 and all sorts of other things - but I just can’t work it out at all -
As stated previously I simply cannot understand the methodology so every time till now I just try bits of text I’ve pickup up in the forum or in tutorials rather blindly until it seems to work - I’m clearly somewhat thick when it comes to software!!
Adding pick-up bars after starting the project can be a little tricky to get your head around, because it can involve barlines shifting around established music which can throw off your sense of direction.
This should be relatively simple:
- Delete the 2nd, selected time signature
- Select the first time signature at the start of the flow (i.e. to the left of “A”, pp)
- Press Shift-M to open the time signatures popover.
- Enter 2/2,0.5
- Press Return.
This should input a 2/2 time signature with a half-beat pick-up, i.e. a quarter note.
Thanks so much Lillie - that works straight away. !
I can’t believe I can’t get this!!
I’ll remember to refer to this post next time, because wonderful as your explanation is - I just cannot see any logic how that entry works, it’s just gobblegook to me - but least I can mess around with the numbers until I get whatever it is I need next time.
Typically if I try applying what I think is the correct logic, I lose notes - or it shifts the whole damn thing across the bar, or very often absolutely nothing happens at all.
Hopefully the numbers do make sense. 2/2,0.5 means “create a time signature of 2/2, but start it with a bar that is 0.5 the length of the denominator of the time signature”. In this case, the denominator is 2, meaning a half note (minim), so a note that is 0.5 the length of a half note is a quarter note (crotchet).