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Old 09-18-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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In standard notation, how do i write a melody that is playing over the chord?

For this riff that I came up with, there's a part where a chord plays for the whole measure, but there are notes that play over it that are not its rhythmic value. How do i go about writing them in?
I am asking this because i am using the trial of Sibelius 7, and it won't let me just write in the new notes in the bar while the chord uses whole notes. It counts the chord as taking up the whole bar, and won't let me put in any more notes. This led me to believe that i don't know how to write it (as when I'm hand writing, i just put the chord with whole notes and the other notes with their rhythmic value and just look at it like that).
If anyone has any knowledge of Sibelius, or if I'm doing this wrong, can you help me? This is getting a little frustrating.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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You're essentially talking about 2 voices.

The first voice being the melody, the 2nd voice being the chords/harmony underneath it within the same stave.

Highlight the chord notes and press alt + 2, which turns these notes in the Voice 2.
You can then press alt + 1 to switch to Voice 1 to write the melody in the same stave.

In Sibelius, you can have up to 4 different voices.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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It's actually really easy, you just need to switch voices. On your floating keypad there should be "1 2 3 4" along the bottom. Select 2 and you should be editing the second voice and the notes you enter won't interfere with the chord. You might need to experiment with which voice stems up and which stems down, I can't remember which (although you can always flip the stems with 'x').

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It's actually really easy, you just need to switch voices. On your floating keypad there should be "1 2 3 4" along the bottom. Select 2 and you should be editing the second voice and the notes you enter won't interfere with the chord. You might need to experiment with which voice stems up and which stems down, I can't remember which (although you can always flip the stems with 'x').

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LOL.
Thanks so much both of you! This was exactly what i was looking for
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