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Inputting your first notes

Once you created your first score and set a time and key signature to your score, you can now start adding your first notes.

Measures are always filled with Notes or Rests

On Flat the measures are always filled with notes or rests to match the time signature. This means that inserting a note will remove a rest from the same duration, and removing a note will put back a rest. This also means that the duration tools available in the Note toolbar can be used for the notes and the rests.


Adding notes

You can input notes and notation using your Mouse, Device Keyboard, Touchscreen, and MIDI devices, discover how on this page.

If you are using Tabs, you can also check out this dedicated page for tablatures.

Mouse or Touchpad

To input notes using your Mouse, put the blue cursor where you want to add the note, choose the pitch by putting your cursor over the stave, then click on it to insert the note.

Input your first notes with your mouse

Device Keyboard

To insert notes faster with your computer, you can use keyboard shortcuts. You can insert your first notes using the A to G letters on your keyboard, change the durations using 1 to 7 on your keypad, and arrows to move in your scores. Check out the full keyboard shortcuts list.

Basic shortcuts to insert notes


On your touch device, you can use our multi-touch small keyboard at the bottom of your screen to input the notes & chords, and regular touch gestures to select, zoom and move in the score.

Flat on Touchscreen

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you can also use our editor with our native iOS app, download it from the App Store.

MIDI devices

Plug your MIDI device to your laptop/desktop to quickly input pitches and use our live recording feature (beta). Click on the MIDI icon next to the Playback to setup or select your device.


How to increase the note size

If you want to increase the note size, go to your layout settings. Here, you need to enlarge the stave size. This will automatically increase the note size.

How to increase note size

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