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 +====== Writing Note Durations ======
 +This is a tutorial on specifying note durations in Musink. It is designed as a follow up exercise for those who have already completed both the [[basics:​first_score|]] and [[basics:​understanding_how_to_write_in_musink|]]. It may also be useful for those who have used older notation editors that require you to specify every note duration manually. ​
  
 +<WRAP center round todo>
 +//**Before Continuing**//​
 +This tutorial builds on the [[basics:​first_score|]] and [[basics:​understanding_how_to_write_in_musink|]] tutorials. You should complete those tutorials before attempting this one.
 +</​WRAP>​
 +
 +===== Introduction =====
 +As discussed in [[basics:​understanding_how_to_write_in_musink|]],​ Musink automatically calculates note durations for you. The trick is making sure it knows what you are after. Rather than manually specifying note durations, in Musink you specify the note-grouping ([[writing:​tuplets|tuplet]]),​ and place notes and rests as you need them. Although there is a small learning curve involved, this method allows you to write and edit music significantly faster.
 +===== Writing in Musink =====
 +Writing in Musink is made up of two steps:
 +  - Tell Musink how you want your notes to be grouped
 +  - Selecting the notes you want
 +==== Changing Tuplets ====
 +To show Musink how you want your notes to be grouped, use [[writing:​tuplets|tuplets]]. Changing a tuplet type in Musink does not change from where the tuplet starts (see [[writing:​tuplets#​Bisect_Tuplet|Bisect Tuplet]]). ​
 +
 +The instructions below demonstrate how to create a dotted eighth note, starting at beat 1.5, then change its duration to a quarter note.
 +
 +**1.** **Start a new project**, using the default settings.
 +
 +Your first bar will be set-up with four quarter-note tuplets:
 +
 +{{:​writing:​tupletstutorial_1.png?​nolink|}}
 +
 +**2.** **Add a note** on beat 1.5.
 +
 +Your note is an 8th note long - it runs to the end of the tuplet it belongs to.
 +
 +{{:​writing:​tupletstutorial_2.png?​nolink|}}
 +
 +**3.** If your note is not selected, **select your note**
 +
 +**4.** **Set the tuplet to a half-note**. [[basics:​keyboard_shortcuts|Shortcut key]]: Control+2
 +
 +The whole tuplet has now changed to be two notes long. Because your note runs to the end of the tuplet, it is now a dotted quarter.
 +
 +{{:​writing:​tupletstutorial_3.png?​nolink|}}
 +
 +**5.** Usually when we compose, we change our minds about things. Lets change the note duration to a quarter now. **Add a rest to beat 2.5.**
 +
 +To do this, add a note to beat 2.5 and press R
 +
 +The note is now a quarter note long.
 +
 +{{:​writing:​tupletstutorial_4.png?​nolink|}}
 +
 +**6.** **Play around.** Notice how adding and deleting notes does not leave rests lying around, or require you to rewrite what you have already written. See [[writing:​tuplets|Tuplets]] and [[basics:​keyboard_shortcuts|Keyboard Shortcuts]] on more tuplet functions you can explore.
 +===== Whole Notes and Half Notes =====
 +See [[writing:​tuplets#​Creating_a_Whole_or_Half_Note|Tuplets]].
 +===== Changing where Tuplets Start =====
 +To split a tuplet in two, use the [[writing:​tuplets#​Bisect_Tuplet|Bisect Tuplet]] tool.
 +===== Being Explicit =====
 +Writing in the '​old'​ fashion of explicitly stating every note duration is **not recommended** in Musink, because it slow to write and slow to edit. However, if you must write in this way, your method is as follows:
 +  - **Create a note** where you would like it in the normal fashion
 +  - **[[writing:​tuplets#​Bisect_Tuplet|Bisect]] that tuplet**, if possible
 +  - **Set the tuplet type** to the duration you wish
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