Mort's Musical Tips

Making Music In order enhance the creative experience for owners of the CD-ROMs Making Music and Making More Music, this section will share tips and ideas for getting the most out of these programs. Here you will find tips directly from Morton Subotnick of ways to better use the programs' features, as well as regular postings from other users with their own tips and ideas. Feel free to share your comments and write in your questions, and we'll post the answers you're looking for. Making More Music

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Mort's Musical Tips: MAKING MORE MUSIC

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Inserting notes

Making More Music was designed to be a next step after Making Music, where the creative process begins to be more specific to traditional music, yet free and fun. For this reason, the usual way to insert notes is to ‘draw’ the notes using the pencil. Some of you have asked how to insert quarter notes, eighth notes, etc. without drawing them. The following is one way you can do this:

Creating a template for note values

16th note

  1. By clicking the note on the menu, choose the grid view of notation. This is the where the page has graph lines.
  2. Using the pencil, place a note in the first square on any note in any staff (each square is the duration of a 16th note).
  3. Now save it in a music stand on the bottom. Now that music stand contains a 16th note.

8th note

  1. Choose the original note you placed in the 1st square. Now stretch it once. (You can also just drag it one square longer).
  2. Save it in the next music stand. This music stand now contains an 8th note.

Dotted eighth note

  1. Once again, go back to the note on the staff and stretch it one square more. It is now the duration of a dotted 8th note.
  2. Save it in a 3rd music stand.

Quarter note

  1. Stretch the dotted 8th on the staff to fill 4 squares. It is now a Quarter note.
  2. Save it to a 4th music stand. You now have a template for four different note values.

Using the Note Value Template

  1. If you wish to insert a quarter note on any place on any staff, choose the staff and then click on the quarter note music stand.
  2. The quarter note will appear at the left hand corner of the chosen staff.
  3. Now drag the quarter note to any pitch on any beat on the staff.

Note: If you place a quarter note on the 1st square and then click to see it as normal notation, it will look like a quarter note. However, if you place it on the SECOND square it will appear as a DOTTED EIGHTH NOTE TIED TO A SIXTEENTH NOTE. This is the correct notation for a note of that duration which starts on the 2nd 16th of a beat (see the tutorial on notation). A quarter note will only LOOK like a quarter note if is on the 1st, 5th, 9th (etc) square.

You can do this with any of the note values you have created. Since there are many music stands for you to use, and since the music stands retain their contents even after you have quit, you can keep these note values to use over and over again. There are many other ways to do this and other kinds of things. If you have questions or answers about notation or any other aspects of composing with Making More Music, please let me know. I have planned a complete music composition program with an "intelligent front end." It will allow the user to create complete compositions of any sort.

If you would like more information on this please contact me.