Thank you!!! This little tidbit of information will save me literally hours of correction over the course of a year. Just tested this, and sure enough, it works like a charm – even to correct those mile long extension lines auto-drawn over long chasms of rests.
Honestly, I never would have discovered this on my own. After all, as human beings, it is in our nature to correct errors as they appear. It’s like typing with a spell-checker on. You may type “daw” in an email, and then notice the auto-correct feature has changed this to “dawn”, so naturally, you stop what you’re doing and fix it before typing anything else. God forbid you forget to correct this before pressing send. This example of course is describing a linear workflow, and music creation is rarely linear.
Just so can imagine my workflow, as a arranger/orchestrator in musical theatre I’m constantly going back and revising the same material. In a score of forty songs (including alternately keyed versions), several times a day I’m presented with new material, new lyrics, a new bridge, a new intro, a new verse, a modulation, a transition, two characters are consolidated into one… for months this goes on, through readings and workshops, and ever present are these mysterious lyric extension lines, which show up quite magically as I enter new notes, often traveling over large chasms of rest to meet my cursor. Bear in mind, these lines are being extended from lyrics that I’ve entered months ago, in some cases years ago, from pages that I have immaculately engraved and proofed, so it has been in my nature to freak out and correct them as I see them.
Now I know to just ignore them. This is powerful transformative stuff. Thank goodness for this forum.