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About working with the stave at Cakewalk

In Cakewalk, the Staff instrument is one of the most convenient and important means of creating a melody. For musicians using classical musical notes, guitarists accustomed to the guitar fretboard and tablature, this instrument is simply necessary. It greatly simplifies the process of musical creation.

So, in order to activate the “Note Mill”, you need to start Cakewalk and select Staff from the View menu. A window like this opens:
At the top of this window is a panel with operation buttons. The first four of them control the process of applying notes to a stave:

Cakewalk: working with a stave (About working with a stave in Cakewalk)

The button with the black arrow (Select) activates the note selection mode. Using it, you can select a note or a group of notes already on the mill in order to change their parameters, delete, copy, etc. Pencil (Draw) includes a mode of drawing notes. In this mode, you can apply notes by clicking on the corresponding area of ​​the stave. Activating a button with an eraser pattern enables the erase mode. Unnecessary notes can be erased from the stave by simply clicking on their images. The button with the speaker (Scrub) allows you to switch to the mode of preliminary listening to the melody.

Cakewalk: working with a stave (About working with a stave in Cakewalk)

The following two buttons with loop images allow you to scale the note staff. The same action can be performed using the red slider located between them. To do this, click on it and, while holding the mouse button, move the cursor up (to enlarge) or down (to reduce the image).

The button with the grid shown on it (Snap to Grid) displays information on the size of the note that you are going to apply to the mill.

The Pick Tracks button allows you to select a track to edit.

The buttons next to it with pictures of tracks allow you to perform step-by-step (monotonous) playback of the track.

And finally, the very last button on the top row activates the Fretboard tool (not available in all versions of Cakewalk), which simulates a guitar fretboard. Fretboard’s usefulness cannot be overestimated. All guitar parts of your future composition are best created using it. This instrument can be very flexibly tuned, in addition, not only the classic 6-string guitar, but also the bass guitar is available. Notes on the fretboard are applied in exactly the same way as on the stave. All editing buttons (Select, Draw, Erase, Scrub, etc.) retain their functions.

The bottom row of the toolbar begins with buttons that let you change the duration of the note. The first is the longest in sounding – a whole note, the last – the shortest – 32nd note. In addition, you can double the duration of a note by using the dot button (Dotted).

The Triplet button turns a note into a triol, i.e. breaks it into three equal parts.

To adjust the duration very precisely, use the Note Duration switch.

The next group, consisting of five buttons, is designed to help enrich the musical notation with special musical symbols.
So, for example, a button with the letter L (Lyric) allows you to put the text of the created song on the stave. It is placed under the notes and edited with the same buttons – Select, Draw, Erase, Scrub.

Pressing the button with the letter C (Chord) makes it possible to supplement the camp with the symbols of the chords that are located above it.

The parameters of each of the added chords can be edited in the Chord Properties window, which is opened by right-clicking on the corresponding symbol.

Here you can select a ready-made chord from the library or create your own, listen to it, import a new chord library.

Name – The name of the chord.
Group – Group.
Save – Save the chord.
Delete – Delete a chord from the library.
Import – Import a new chord library.
New Grid – Clear the chord grid.
Remove Grid – Removes the grid of the chord.
Play – Listen to a chord.

Expression button Expression allows you to add text to the camp that describes the character of the musical instrument playing (for example: “very slow”, “quite loudly”, etc.).

A button with a “<” symbol adds the Hairpin musical symbol to the mill. It allows you to dynamically change the volume level of a particular musical fragment. Hairpin works in two modes – crescendo, i.e. growth, and diminuendo – fading sound.
By pressing the Pedal button, you can apply a musical symbol of the pedal to the stave, which holds the note for a long time. Its duration is fixed with an asterisk – *.

As already noted above, the fretboard, as well as the whole note staff, in general, can be customized. To do this, open the Staff View Layout window. You can do this by clicking on the Layout button located on the toolbar or by right-clicking on the bar or mill and selecting the item of the same name.

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