Stacking Chords in Notepad

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Stacking Chords in Notepad

Post by kcwayne » Tue Feb 01, 2022 5:20 pm

Hi all,
Its been years since I used finale, and am trying to save some money by using notepad. I'm attempting to stack chords on a grand staff for my church handbell ensemble. What I have is a whole note in the bass bells and then "bell chords" in the tenor and treble bells. How do I accomplish this? I thought I remembered from my music tech class back in 05, but it seems things have changed :lol:

Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Stacking Chords in Notepad

Post by Peter Thomsen » Tue Feb 01, 2022 5:44 pm

Welcome to the forum!

You tell that there is a whole note in the bass.
I suppose that the tenor and treble bells have smaller note durations, like half notes or quarter notes - right?
And I suppose that they are all in the same staff - right?

Use layers.
Put the top part in Layer 1.
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Post by kcwayne » Tue Feb 01, 2022 6:00 pm

Thanks so much!!!! Problem solved!

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Post by kcwayne » Tue Feb 01, 2022 7:25 pm

Ok....so that worked for one extra voice, but wasn't able to add more than one.

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Post by Peter Thomsen » Tue Feb 01, 2022 7:50 pm

If they have the same rhythm, you can keep them in the same layer, and add multiple noteheads on the same stem.

Does that solve your problem?
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Post by kcwayne » Tue Feb 01, 2022 8:55 pm

Its not stacked in the same rhythm...they're parts that enter at a different time. So, whole note in the bass, then a tied quarter in the tenor bell, and a single quarter tied to the the next measure in the treble.

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Re: Stacking Chords in Notepad

Post by Peter Thomsen » Wed Feb 02, 2022 1:11 am

In that case I would use three layers.
Put the treble in Layer 1, the tenor in Layer 2, and the bass in Layer 3.
And move the Layer 3 bass whole note slightly to the right.
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Post by miker » Wed Feb 02, 2022 5:02 pm

The problem will be on Peter's last step. You can't shift a note with NotePad.
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Re: Stacking Chords in Notepad

Post by kcwayne » Thu Feb 03, 2022 5:14 pm

Well, I convinced my school to go ahead and get the full version. Now I'm able to do do it. Thanks for all the help. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions!

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Re: Stacking Chords in Notepad

Post by miker » Thu Feb 03, 2022 7:38 pm

And we’ll be here to answer them.
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