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Whole notes should appear near the beginning of the measure. When other notes are present, it should be vertically aligned with the first note/rest in the bar. This is a good example from PianoAndSynth.com: You can see that each first note is approximately the same distance from the left barline or key signature, whether a whole or otherwise, and no ...
Is there a full 4/4 bar before each pickup? In that case it will have to be a 1/4 bar. But this is rare. Maybe you're following a pattern (common in hymn tunes) where each line has an anacrusis but there are no extra beats. Often this is notated with a split bar, often with a line break.In this case no extra time signatures are required.
I've a feeling that you are using anacruces, which are the pick up notes, often of one beat. You MAY just find that the rest of that particular bar still exists, but nothing is happening in it. So, three beats of rest and the one beat anacrucis could be what you need to write. If the pulse of the piece is interrupted for this bit, then I'm wrong. If it ...
If you're putting an extra beat in then yes, the proper way to notate it is to have that measure in 1/4 time. Also note that the following measure, if its in 4/4, would need to have the new time signature notated as well. That is, one would have to write the next measure with a 4/4 time signature.
Bob Broadley's answer shows the best that most (commercial) notation programs can do without "faking" the output, but in complicated situations this style of notation can be easier to read: The notes in the tuplets are spaced relative to the other notes in the score as if the bar-lines did not exist. (Note, the image was requested by the OP to explain my ...
Other answers have mentioned that these are ornaments. As such, try not to think too much about how much they are actually 'worth' in terms of note length. Here is what I hope is some practical advice on playing them. Hopefully it's not too odd! I agree that it might feel 'right' at first to want to play the three-note ornament before the beat, but as ...
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