How to get there
- Choose the Selection tool and select a region of measures.
- Choose Utilities > Change > Note Durations.
What it does
This dialog box allows you to halve, double, or otherwise change the note values in a selected region.
- Change all note durations to 25% • 50% • 200% • 400% of original duration. Use this
pop-upmenu to specify how you want to affect all notes in the selected region. For example, choose 200% to double every note’s rhythmic value—to turn every eighth note into a quarter, every quarter into a half note, and so on.
- Change selected note duration(s): From • To. Instead of changing values of all notes, you can specify which note values you would like to change; for example, you might want to double the values of eighth notes, but leave all other note values alone. Specify the note value you want to replace by clicking its icon in the upper palette. (Click the dot to specify a dotted note.) Specify the replacement note value by clicking an icon in the lower palette. For example, to change all sixteenth notes into quarter notes, you’d click the sixteenth note in the top palette and the quarter note in the bottom palette.
- Include tuplets. This option is only available when Change all note durations to [%] of original duration is selected. Select this checkbox to transform notes within tuplets (such as triplets and quintuplets) proportionally, in addition to your selection. For example, if you’re halving the rhythmic values of a passage, an eighth-note tuplet becomes a sixteenth-note tuplet. If you don’t select this option, the eighth note tuplet remains the same.
- Rebar music. When changing the values of notes in the selected measures, your measures will most likely wind up containing the wrong number of beats. Select this checkbox to rebar the selection—redistribute notes in their measures—so that each measure contains the proper number of beats.
Cancel •OK. Click OK (or press RETURN) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes you’ve made and return to the score.