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I'm having trouble in the first frame. For the left hand, I want the chord C# and E to be the full duration of the frame (hence dotted half notes). But I also want to play G# twice, on the second and third beat of the first frame, but not on the first beat.

How do I write this? Noteworthy Composer doesn't seem to like it. I tried tieing things but it didn't work. Is there perhaps a magic way to tie a note to a rest?

BTW, yes this is Noteworthy Composer, but if you can just tell me how to write this in normal sheet music, I'll try to figure it out in my software. I can't remember how this is represented so I'm not even sure what to hunt for in Noteworthy. I really hope I don't hafta add another bar.

EDIT: Solved. The proper way is to put a rest as part of the chord, but since NC doesn't like that, I found this workaround with ties:

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Of course once I played that, I realized it wasn't good and removed it in favor of more traditional left-hand. Oh well.

  • Btw: usually there is no bar line in the beginning of a piece. So your second bar would be the first one. Is this an oddity of the software? – Arsak Apr 11 '17 at 8:19
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    @Marzipanherz Ah, I added it myself. Did not realize it shouldn't be there. It's been too long since looking at sheet music. Thanks for the help. – DrZ214 Apr 11 '17 at 8:27

In 'normal' sheet music, you would find a break on the first beat at the height of the following melody line. For you example, I would expect the break written between the two notes of the chord. Here is something similar from Chopin: Chopin Preludes op 28  XV.

  • Yeah but I don't want to play G on the first beat, only the 2nd and 3rd beat of the frame. – DrZ214 Apr 11 '17 at 6:09
  • Ah, sorry I got you wrong, but the idea is the same: you would have to add a break in the first beat. I'll try to find an example and update my answer. – Arsak Apr 11 '17 at 6:11
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    @DrZ214 I've updated my answer. Hope that helps. – Arsak Apr 11 '17 at 6:41
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    Yes! That's what I imagined, a rest as part of the chord. Too bad NC won't let me do it that way, but thankfully I found a way it likes. I'll edit my OP. Very neat you found a Chopin example because he's my favorite composer. BTW does this site allow reviews? Despite huge frustration with computers, I've actually got something pretty good and promising now, but it's only just begun. – DrZ214 Apr 11 '17 at 7:37
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    @DrZ214 for entry most notation software have a concept of "voices", which are two overlapping lines in one bar. So in voice 1 you would have the dotted half and in voice 2 you would have the rest followed by two quarter notes. – CAD97 Apr 11 '17 at 14:12

NoteWorthy composer also allow to do that:


place a quarter rest then add the two dotted half duration notes (from bottom to top) with ctrl+enter then add quarter notes.

or simply copy this code and past in on your NWC staff


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