On-Screen Piano Keyboard

Command Location: View Menu / Keyboard

The On-Screen Piano Keyboard will highlight notes and chords from the current score. It can be used as an aid to reading and playing the score (especially solo piano music) allowing you to quickly and easily visualize chord shapes and fingering.

In Edit Mode, notes can added directly to your score with Note Entry via the On-Screen Piano Keyboard.

Moving and Sizing the Keyboard

The On Screen Piano Keyboard works in a similar way to the other standard Windows toolbars found in MidiIllustrator, but unlike most toolbars it can also be sized dynamically even when it is ‘docked’.

The keyboard can be docked or floated.  When MidiIllustrator first starts the keyboard is docked at the bottom of the screen. As you resize the program's main window the keyboard width and height change by proportion to the main window size.  MidiIllustrator will always try to make the best use of space when displaying the keyboard and its proportions will always be managed automatically.

You can use the title bar (on the top of the keyboard) to drag the keyboard to the top or bottom of the program window.  When docked, MidiIllustrator will resize the keyboard in the context of the main window and other moveable windows such as the List Bar.

If the keyboard is floating on the page, it can be moved to any part of the screen with a simple click anywhere on the keyboard and by dragging it to the required location.  The keyboard can also be resized by clicking and dragging any edge of the keyboard.

Key Highlighting

The piano keyboard highlights keys under the following circumstances:

Keyboard Highlighting Colors

You can edit the keyboard colors, including piano key highlighting colors used to show which keys are being pressed during playback (such as left and right hand piano playback keys) via the Keyboard Options tab in the Program Options dialog.

Full Size Keyboard You can switch between displaying a Full Size Keyboard (88 keys) and a cropped display of the centre four octaves of the keyboard (two octaves on either side of Middle C).
Performing Hands Read more about the On-Screen Piano Keyboard Performing Hands.
Show Note Names These can be displayed A-G or using Solfege note names.
Highlight Middle C This will place a small * marker on Middle C to assist with finding your place on the keyboard.

Menu Commands

You can access the keyboard’s menu of commands via the View Menu or by right clicking anywhere on the keyboard.

The Keyboard Menu commands allow you to: