26. Can I notate ties and slurs in Band-in-a-Box®?

Ties extend the duration of a single note. Band-in-a-Box® will automatically calculate ties for you, based on standard notation rules and the durations of each note. To change the duration of a note, right-click on the note in editable notation mode to edit the note parameters manually, or extend the duration of the note visually in 'staff roll' mode. To get into staff roll mode, click the Staff Roll Mode button in the Notation Window toolbar (in Band-in-a-Box® 2006 and higher) or click the [N] button twice from regular notation mode (in Band-in-a-Box® 2005 and earlier). Then, right-click on the note head and hold the mouse button down while dragging to the right the desired distance.

To delete a tie, you can either insert a rest at the point that you want the tie to end (by checking the 'rest' box and clicking at the desired location), or reduce the duration of the note.

What if you have two existing notes that you want to be tied together? In this case, you would simply delete the second note and extend the duration of the first.

Slurs are notes of different pitches that are played legato, without separation. The slur symbol is a curved line, similar to the tie symbol, except that it connects two notes of different pitches. The two notes are both played, unlike a tied note. To accomplish a slur in Band-in-a-Box®, change the duration of the note so that it just overlaps with the following note. Band-in-a-Box® 2005 and earlier do not support the entry of slur symbols. Version 2006 and higher DO support the entry of slur symbols. To insert a slur, right-click on the note in editable notation mode, point to 'Notation Symbols', and select 'Slur'. This will open the Notation Event dialog which allows you to define the properties of your slur.

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