Graphically adding and editing slurs in the notation editor.

Key command summary

s: Adding a simple slur

After clicking on a note in the notation editor, press the s key to add a slur to the next note:

adding slurs to the notation
Type s after selecting a note to add a slur.

Notice that a pair of parentheses to mark the start and end of the slur are added to the Humdrum data in the text editor on the left as the slurs appear in the notation.

After adding the slur, focus shifts to the slur, which will be highlighted in red, to allow for further editing of the slur.

a, b, c: Slur orientation

Slurs can be forced above or below the notes by using the a key to force above or b to force below. These two commands will be searched for in the Humdrum data as an RDF line in the form:

!!!RDF**kern: > = above
!!!RDF**kern: < = below

These two RDF signifiers, which could be assigned to other characters (although “<” and “>” are typically used), are used to indicate a forced direction on many graphic elements including slurs. If above/below signifiers are not found in the data they will automatically be added the first time a forced direction command is given. You can remove a forced direction by typing c to clear it.

adding slurs to the notation
Type a to force slurs above, b to force slurs below, and c to clear forced directions.

# s: Adding extended slurs

Typing s while editing a note will add a slur to the next note; however, the slur can be extended as it is created by typing a digit from 2 through 9 to extend from two to nine notes after the current note.

adding long slurs to the notation
adding long slurs by typing a digit before s.

Moving slurs

Once a slur has been added to the notation, it can be moved around by pressing / to move the beginning of the slur forward or backward in the music, or shift-left/shift-left to move the ending of the slur.

moving slurs after they are created
Moving slurs after they are created.