TAMS REHEARSAL AID — Custom Fermatas and Caesuras

Selection Palette

Tams Rehearsal Aid is a powerful piece of software designed to help you rehearse your show. It is easy to use, and most customers don’t need to use any of its advanced features.

Each Rehearsal Aid score is supplied with all the fermatas and caesuras the score calls for. But on rare occasions, you may want to insert one or the other to accommodate your particular staging. (A fermata holds a particular note beyond its normal duration; a caesura, also called “railroad tracks,” inserts a pause between two notes.)

The fermata:

  • From the Entry Palette (the rightmost area of the toolbar, pictured above), select the “Fermata” tool (bottom row fourth). The cursor changes to a fermata sign.
  • Enter your fermata directly above the desired note in the NTempo line (the purple notes at the top of each system).
  • Choose the Selection arrow (top row left in the Entry Palette) and double-click on your new fermata to set how long you want it to hold. A text box appears.
  • Enter a number and a letter as one “word.” For instance, “4q” will hold the fermata for 4 quarter notes in the current tempo. Other available note values are “h” for half note; “w” for whole note; “e” for eighth notes; and “s” for sixteenth notes. If you want to enter a decimal number, that will work as well, for example, “2.75e” for two and three-quarters eighth-notes’ duration.
  • You can enter fermatas in the Vocal and Piano staves as well if you want, but the only fermata that is recognized during Auto Playback is the one in the NTempo staff.
  • If you haven’t done so already, select Save As… from the File menu, to save your edited score with a new name.

The Caesura:

  • From the Entry Palette (the rightmost area of the toolbar, pictured above), select the “Caesura” tool (bottom row fifth). The cursor changes to a caesura sign (//).
  • Enter your caesura after the last note before the break, in the NTempo line (the purple notes at the top of each system).
  • Choose the Selection arrow (top row left in the Entry Palette) and double-click on your new caesura to set how long you want it to pause the music. A text box appears.
  • Enter a number and a letter as one “word.” For instance, “4q” will create a 4-quarter notes pause in the current tempo. Other available note values are “h” for half note; “w” for whole note; “e” for eighth notes; and “s” for sixteenth notes. If you want to enter a decimal number, that will work as well, for example, “2.75e” for two and three-quarters eighth-notes’ duration.
  • You can enter caesuras in the Vocal and Piano staves as well if you want, but the only caesura that is recognized during Auto Playback is the one in the NTempo staff.
  • If you haven’t done so already, select Save As… from the File menu, to save your edited score with a new name.