|Feature||Toolbar||Icon||Default Keyboard shortcut|
|Lyrics||Text||Ctrl + L or ⌘ + L|
What are the lyrics?
Lyrics are words that make up a song usually consisting of verses and choruses. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist. On Flat, you can easily write lyrics under your notation using our Lyric tool, available in the Text toolbar.
Getting started with Lyrics on Flat
To start writing lyrics under your music notation, focus the note where you want to start adding your lyrics, then open the “Text” toolbar and click on the Lyrics icon.
You can input lyrics like regular text, pressing space will go to the next note or rest.
Multiple words on the same note
If you want to have two or more lyrics words attached to the same note, you need to use
shift+space in order to insert and espace, instead of moving to the next note.
If you have a word that spans on several notes, you can have a syllable on each note, and connected them by pressing
- instead of the spacebar.
If you have a syllable/vowel that spans over several notes, you can add a melisma with the underscore
_. First write the syllable, press
_. Then press it again for each note on which you want to extend the
Removing Hyphens & Melismas
To remove an hyphen, you just need to press the space-bar while selecting the lyrics at the left side of the hyphen. To remove a melisma, select the melisma, remove the underscore (“_”), then press the space-bar.
You can move to the different verses with the arrow keys
To learn more about the keyboard shortcuts available, check out the list below.
Lyrics Keyboard Shortcuts
|Go to the next lyric||Space or ⇢ or Enter|
|Go to the previous lyric||⇠|
|Add a new verse / Go to the next verse||⇣|
|Go to the previous verse||⇡|
|Add a space within a lyric||⇧ + Space|
|Add a hyphen after the lyric||-|
|Add a melisma after the lyric||_|
|Exit the Lyrics mode||Esc|