Fronimo Quickstart Tutorial
By Kemer Thomson
There are three classes of changes: modifying existing notes, deleting things (notes or entire measures) and adding things (again, notes or entire measures). As a special case to the latter, I'll also mention adding things like ornaments, slurs, and other things that don't really impact the music itself.
As I wrote in the last section, basic changes to notes is just a matter of retyping them. Typed a "c" instead of a "d"? Simply position the cursor to wrong note and type what it should be; remember that you can use both mouse and arrow keys to position the cursor.
Changing the duration is a matter of positioning to the the duration flag and changing it. However, there are some "side effects" to watch out for:
If you want to get a flag over every column first to avoid this, use the Edit->Rebeam Notes, but be aware that it will change the entire section.
Moving Things Around
If you have put a note on the wrong string, or duration flag in the wrong column, it is quite easy to move. With the cursor on the note or flag, hold down the <Ctrl> key and use the arrow keys to move it. Be aware that if this action leaves a column empty, that column disappears, and you can't move back into it! (You can always create a space—see below—then move back into it.) Likewise, if you move a bourdon up, which really doesn't make sense, it simply disappears.
There is a subtle difference between "erasing" and "deleting". "Erasing" a note or duration, which is caused by typing the <spacebar> at that position, removes just that entity. However, depending on the situation, Fronimo may have to respond to that change:
An entire column, consisting of the duration flag and all notes, is deleted by the <Delete> key. Not only will this potentially unbalance the measure, and unmarked durations that follow will "inherit" the duration value from the preceeding note.
You can delete an entire measure by clicking on Delete Measure on the toolbar. Likewise, you can delete a barline, by clicking on Join Measure .
I haven't talked about some of the other things you can add, such as ornaments, fingering, and slurs. In each case there is an associated window that includes a button to delete them:
You can always add notes to the end of a measure. Position the cursor to the last position and move it right and enter your note(s) and duration(s). You can keep adding as many notes as you want to, even if it "unbalances" the measure.
You have to open up space t o add notes at the start or middle of a measure. You do this using the <Insert> key: <Insert> opens a column before the cursor, shift-<Insert> opens a space after the cursor. If this doesn't work for you, check to see if your keyboard has an <F Lock> key.
There are direct and indirect ways to add measures. First of all, you can always add more to the end of the section, terminating the measure with <Enter>. The Add Measure menu button adds a measure before the measure you are in. The Split Measure menu button indirectly adds a measure by splitting the one you are in; the new measure line appears to the left of the currently selected position.
There are a variety of barlines. To get to these you want the Endings tab of the Measure Attributes window: get to this by clicking on the menu button and selecting the Endings tab. If you want to turn the barline at the end of the current measure to a double line, click on that button, etc.
How to get the Flourish at the End
If you want to end the piece with the flourish in the Measure Attributes window do not terminate the measure. (In fact, you shouldn't ever terminate the final measure to avoid right alignment problems.) Instead, click on the measure ending you want and then click on the . This will give you the "classic" end:
Adding Ornaments, Fingering and Slurs
There are a number of useful modifications that are associated with individual notes that are accessed through the Note Attributes window, which can be accessed by selecting the menu icon :