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Messages - Jason Walker

Tips & Tricks / Going beyond the 8 lyric line limit
If you have a vocal line that requires more than 8 lyric lines, try doubling the vocal line on a second stave, and then layering it with the first. An example is attached.
Version 1.75 Discussion / T&T: Labeling Grand Staves
Here's a workaround for getting the label on a grand staff to appear in the correct place - i.e. at the middle of the brace. This requires version 1.75.

The first step is to make the labels for the upper and lower halves of the grand staff invisible. Do this by naming them with strings of the Alt+0160 character. This is a non breaking space - it's a space which behaves as a character, and not just a gap. (Staves are named in Staff | Staff Properties | General.) Name the top one Alt+0160, and the second Alt+0160 Alt+0160.

Next, create a new staff between the upper and lower halves of the grand staff. In Properties, set the upper and lower vertical size to 1, and the number of lines to 0. Name this staff "Piano". Fill it (to the end of the piece) with invisible whole bar rests and visible barlines. Voilà!
Tips & Tricks / Headers and Footers - Another Method
When you've finished your piece, use print preview to identify the bar at the top (or bottom) middle of each page. Use insert text to insert your header/footer on each page. Justify centre, and uncheck preserve width. Put the staff position higher than the vertical height of the staff. Check print preview to get the position right.

Obviously this can be copied/pasted to each page, but may not print the same if you send the file to another computer/printer.
Tips & Tricks / Hiding Accidentals in Layered Staves
Layered staves can create problems with accidentals, in that you may need to repeat the accidental on both staves, which is confusing. To hide an accidental is easy. Simply tie an invisible grace note (with the accidental required) to the main note. See hideacc.nwc (1K) for example.