Making music with Copyist

How to enter a guitar grid symbol

There are two ways to enter a guitar grid symbol.

A simple way to enter a standard guitar grid symbol is to select the guitar grid symbol containing open and closed string marks from the Adjustable Symbols palette.

Double click on the Symbol button in the object type palette in the Copyist Tools window to open the symbol palettes. Click on the Adjust palette. The adjustable symbols palette will open, showing you all of Copyist's adjustable symbols.

Select the guitar grid symbol containing open and closed string marks. The guitar grid symbol now appears on the Symbol button.

Select the pencil tool from the toolbar and click the left mouse button where you want to enter the guitar grid. The Guitar Chords dialog appears.

You make your guitar chord by selecting a chord from the list box at the top left of the dialog. You choose a starting fret number from the drop-down list box under the chord list box. You can set the circles on the guitar chord frets yourself by clicking on the preview grid wherever you want to put in a circle. You can only have one circle on any vertical line so entering a new circle on a vertical line will erase the old one. Circles entered at the nut will be open. Other circles will be closed. You can erase a circle by clicking on it.

The other way is to do everything by hand and is only recommended if your tablature symbol is not a standard size.

Double click on the Symbol button in the object type palette in the Copyist Tools window to open the symbol palettes. Click on the Adjust palette. The adjustable symbols palette will open, showing you all of Copyist's adjustable symbols.

Select the empty guitar grid symbol. The guitar grid symbol now appears on the Symbol button.

Select the pencil tool from the toolbar. Enter the guitar grid symbol on your page by moving the mouse pointer to where you want the beginning of your tab to appear and dragging the left mouse button to the right. The guitar grid will appear, with three adjustment handles which let you change its shape and move it before you drop it onto the page.

If you want to move the start of the guitar grid, click the left mouse button on the left adjustment handle to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the handle and moving the start of the guitar grid.

If you want to move the end of the guitar grid, click the left mouse button on the right adjustment handle to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the handle and changing the end of the guitar grid.

If you want to move the guitar grid, click the left mouse button on the middle adjustment handles to select it and then drag the handle by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse, dragging the handle and moving the guitar grid.

Once you have properly adjusted and positioned the guitar grid, click the right mouse button or press the ENTER key to drop the guitar grid on the page. You can press the ESCAPE key if you want to cancel the operation.

You can adjust the guitar grid after you have entered it, by double clicking on the beginning of the guitar grid and selecting Adjust from the edit menu that appears.

Now you can enter the open string and closed string symbols (open and closed circles). These symbols are found in the Articulation Marks Symbols palette, and they can also be entered by pressing , (comma) for the open circle or . (period) for the closed circle.

How To

Enter Symbols

Enter a staff
Enter a bar line
Enter a clef
Enter a time signature
Enter a key signature
Enter a note head
Beam a group of notes
Beam a single note
Enter a crescendo
Enter a slur
Enter a guitar grid symbol
Enter a chord symbol
Create a user symbol
Enter a user symbol
Enter text
Enter lyrics

Edit Symbols

Edit text
Edit lyrics
Move a single symbol
Move a group of symbols
Adjust beams
Adjust notes within a beamed group
Adjust an adjustable symbol
Delete a symbol
Use the pasteboard

Manipulate Pages

Go to a new page
Create a new page
Insert a page
Erase a page

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