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Lime's Parts and Voices Dialog

Warning: this is not a good document to read if you are just getting started with GOODFEEL, Lime and SharpEye. You really should become somewhat proficient with the whole process first.

What Lime's Parts and Voices Dialog Does

Lime's Parts and Voices dialog allows you to: 1. Name your parts, 2. Change some attributes of your staves and parts and voices, and 3. Arrange your parts and voices on different staves. The first two items are pretty straightforward because they affect the whole part or voice. This document focuses on the third item and how Lime processes the arrangement information specified by this dialog.

The Parts and Voices dialog actually inserts Parts and Voices specifications into your music at the place of the currently selected note and this specification is in effect until the next specification or the end of the piece if there are no more specifications. Many people will be confused with this dialog if they don't understand that specifying a certain arrangement of parts and voices on staves only affects the music from the selected note to the next place where a Parts and Voices specification was made.

There are a few different situations that affect Parts and Voices specifications:

  • Whenever you click on OK from the Parts and Voices dialog you insert or replace a Parts and Voices specification in your music.
  • If Use This Arrangement for the Remainder of the Piece is checked when you press OK from the Parts and Voices dialog Lime will remove all Parts and Voices specifications that come after the selected note so that the arrangement that is currently indicated in the dialog will continue to the end of the music document.
  • The Same... button actually deletes the Parts and Voices specification if there is one at the currently selected note so that the previous specification will dictate the current arrangement.
  • Parts and Voices specifications can also come from importing a file into Lime (like from SharpEye).

GOODFEEL and Lime's Parts and Voices Dialog

Dancing Dots generally recommends selecting the first note or rest of a piece before using the Parts and Voices dialog since GOODFEEL only uses the arrangement that is specified at the beginning of the piece anyway and since adding Parts and Voices specifications in the wrong place can make some disconcerting-looking music in Lime.

Finding Rhythm Problems

When looking for rhythm problems in Lime, using the Parts and Voices dialog in the middle of a piece rather than at the start of the piece may be more convenient and may help minimize the number of staves on the screen near the problem. If you used the Parts and Voices dialog in the middle of a piece we recommend resetting the parts and voices arrangement when you are finished editing your Lime file by selecting the first note or rest of a piece, opening the Parts and Voices dialog, organizing the parts and voices as you want them, checking Use This Arrangement for the Remainder of the Piece and then pressing OK.

Too Many Voices in Your Piece?

Sometimes when importing NIFF or other files from SharpEye or other programs, Lime may determine that more than one voice was indicated for a certain part when you didn't intend that to be the case. You can tell if Lime is representing a part with more than one voice quickly by reading the document title bar and if the name of the part is in the title bar then there are two voices in the part. You can also tell that Lime is representing a part with more than one voice in the Parts and Voices dialog by noting that the part name has a dash followed by a number. If you only expected one voice for the part then there's usually at least one place where a second voice has just a few notes. Follow these steps to make your part have only one voice:

  • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
  • Open the Parts & Voices dialog from the Voices menu.
  • Select Start Voice.
  • Select Separate.
  • Select 'Use this arrangement for the remainder of the piece'.
  • Click on OK.
  • Go through and remove all notes in the second voice.
  • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
  • Open the Parts & Voices dialog from the Voices menu.
  • Select Stop Voice and then press enter (because voice two will be the default voice to stop).
  • Select 'Use this arrangement for the remainder of the piece'.
  • Click on OK.
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