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Hi all. Can you tell me if its possible to lock text to a particular measure.  I want to do some scales in different keys and have the scale name stay consistent when I transpose the series to different keys. 

Thanks.Ro

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You can use the Text Tool, or you can use the Expression Tool.

 

1) With the Text Tool, make the text block measure/staff attached.

If you enter the text block from Scroll View, it will automatically be measure/staff assigned.

 

2) With the Expression Tool, create a text expression.

To get a fixed expression positioning, consider using a new, custom expression category.

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Thanks so much for the help.  I'll give it a try!

Ro

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I'm sorry its taken so long to get to the text lock matter in my work.  I know how to make a text block.but can't find the text black measure lock feature.  is it in a drop down menu when I'm in the text function?

Thanks Ro

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It’s in the text menu, in the top menu bar, when you have the text tool selected. IIRC, a measure attached text block is red (prints black, of course.)

 

Are you related to the Weinberger family in Baltimore?

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… can't find the text block measure lock feature …

 

Quoting myself:

If you enter the text block from Scroll View, it will automatically be measure/staff assigned.

 

Another useful feature:

Text menu > Frame Attributes…

Keyboard shortcut to the Frame Attributes when the text block(s handle) is selected:

Shift-Return

 

By the Way:

The shortcut Shift-Return also works with expressions.

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I just did scroll view then text.  Indeed the text box is red and I entered text.  I assume the text till automatically lock to that measure when entered?

But the real reason I'm asking this is because when I put the scales back to page view I want to copy the master scales in one key, then past, transpose all the rest of the scales.  So I'm hoping to avoid having to manually enter name of each scale when I copy/transpose. Will it work then too?

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Ro

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… I just did scroll view then text … I assume the text will automatically lock to that measure when entered? …

 

Yes, but - to play it safe - you should, in Scroll View, add the text block ON the measure and staff where you need it attached.

(You can always later adjust the position so that the text block e. g. is positioned above the staff)

Then, when the text block has been entered, go to the Frame Attributes for the text block (read my previous post) where you can see the actual attachment data.

You can also use the Frame Attributes to correct the attachment.

 

… But the real reason I'm asking this is because when I put the scales back to page view I want to copy the master scales in one key, then paste, transpose all the rest of the scales. So I'm hoping to avoid having to manually enter name of each scale when I copy/transpose. Will it work then too? …

 

Let me get this straight:

You have a scale with text that says e. g. “C major scale” - right?

Then you copy that scale, including the text - right?

Next, you will transpose the scale to e. g. F major - right?

And you hope that the text will automatically update itself so that the text now says “F major scale” - right?

 

Unfortunately neither the Text Tool nor the Expression Tool can automatically change the text according to the new key so that ‘C’ becomes ‘F’.

For that feature you could use the Chord Tool instead.

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What I mean is that the only text I'm putting in text box are fairly generic ie

Major

Minor

Harmonic Minor

etc.

The key name will be separate.  I'm not trying to includie that in the past without edit.  Does that make sense.  I just don't want to have to label the type of scale every time. 

Thanks. Fro

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In that case:

 

1) I do not know whether you

a) - everywhere keep the key signature as Keyless (= C major, no sharps, no flats), and transpose the scale with the utility (so that all accidentals are note accidentals),

or

b) - use the Key Signature Tool to transpose the scale, by changing the key signature at each new scale copy.

My guess is that b) is, what you are doing - right?

In that case, use only major keys as key signatures (no minor key signatures).

That is: if you e. g. need D minor (= 1 flat), set the key signature to F major (= 1 flat).

In that way all scales will be transposed correctly.

If you - On The Other Hand - use both major key signatures and minor key signatures, then the transposition will be incorrect where you transpose from a major key to a minor key, or vice versa.

 

2) Add the key name (= the scale root) with the Chord Tool.

Attach it to the first beat in the measure.

It will be entered as a major chord, but you can disable the chord playback (in case playback is important).

The first chord will be different depending on the actual scale type (for major scales the first chord will be C; for minor scales the first chord will be A, &c.).

But the first chord will be transposed correctly to the other 11 key signatures.

 

3) Add the scale type as a text expression.

Attach the expression to the first beat in the measure, but with an Additional Horizontal Offset (so that the expression does not collide with the key name).

You can create a custom expression category where the Additional Horizontal Offset is included in the category’s default positioning.

 

By The Way:

Are you familiar with the Copy Filter?

By using the Filter you can copy only specific items (e. g. only expressions), without copying everything else.

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