Add lyrics

You can add lyrics aligned to notes in the score using the lyric object in the Part box, which also lets you add lyrics for multiple verses. After adding lyrics, you can adjust their vertical and horizontal position for better readability.

If you’re working with multiple staffs, be careful to add lyrics to the correct MIDI region. It’s recommended that you insert lyrics in Linear Score view and single MIDI region display mode—especially when inserting more than one verse. Linear Score view also makes it easier to select several lyric objects by dragging, to change their positions, for example.

Add lyrics to a score

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the lyric object below the first note of the melody.

    • Select the lyric object in the Part box, then click the position of the first note with the Text tool.

      Note: Watch the help tag. Each lyric object must be at the same bar position as the note it belongs to (taking display quantization into account).

      Figure. Adding lyrics to a score.
  2. Enter the text for the first note, then press Tab (not Return) to automatically move the insertion point to the next note.

    If a note is displayed as several tied notes, press Shift-Tab to move the insertion point to the next tied note. This method allows you to write several syllables below one longer note, and lets you enter all lyrics in one operation, although each syllable is saved as an independent lyric object.

  3. To convert standard text to lyrics, select the text, then select the Lyric checkbox in the Text Event inspector.

Add lyrics for multiple verses

  1. Add lyrics for the first verse (as described in the previous task).

  2. Drag a second lyric object to the same note position below the lyric object for the first verse, and enter the second verse.

  3. Repeat the process for any additional verses.

    As long as you enter lyrics continuously and do not leave this mode, all lyric objects for the second verse stay at the same height as the initial object—in this case, the first word of the second verse.

Quickly align multiple lyric objects

You can use this method to quickly align sequential Lyric text objects for the same verse, but not for different verses. Doing so would set them all to the same height.

  1. Select the lyric objects you want to align.

    To select all lyric objects, select one lyric object, then choose Edit > Select Similar Objects.

  2. Use the Align Object Positions Vertically key command.

Convert standard text to lyrics

  • Select the text, then select the Lyric checkbox in the Text Event inspector.