Change the duration of a note

Summary

Feature Toolbar Icon Keyboard shortcut
Whole Note Whole 1
Half Note Half 2
Quarter Note Half 3
Eighth Note Half 4
Sixteenth Note Half 5
Thirtysecond Note Half 6
Sixtyfourth Note Half 7

Notes duration basics

Changing the head, adding a flag, or remove the stem from a given note, alter the duration of this one. Usually, the Quarter Note, corresponds to one beat music note. A Half Note will multiply its duration by two and a Hole Note by four. On the contrary, adding a flag divides the duration of the quarter note by two.

Changing the duration of a note or rest on Flat

Select the note or rest that you want to modify, then go to the Note toolbar. Choose any duration you want, from the whole note to the sixty-fourth note. The tools to change the duration of a note or a rest are unified and have the same icons in the toolbar so you can change the duration before or after adding a note.

Change duration

Option to replace or insert notes when changing durations

When using the tools to change the duration of the notes or rests, you can choose how the tools will behave (e.g. removing extra content or push the content to the right). Check out the dedicated help page about this option to learn more.

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