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By Tristan Klopp Finale's Smart Shape Tool - What Is It? Need to add some instructions for your performer in your score? You can find lots of good stuff in the expression tool (tempo marks, expressive texts, and more), but there are a few crucial musical notations that can only be found in Finale's smart shape tool. This includes slurs, crescendos,…
  • Finale, Notation, Smart Tool, Crescendo
  • May 23rd, 2022
by Kari Estes Let’s say that I’m writing out a lead sheet and I want to include the drum groove for the first 4 measures, to give the rhythm section an idea of the groove. After those first few bars, having the Drum Set staff is unnecessary, so how do we hide this? It’s a process that is more simple than you think - it takes 3 quick steps. 1. Select the…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • May 20th, 2022
by Matt Ho Assigning Text to Measure Have you ever added text you want to a finale file, and realized it wouldn’t follow your measure after you repositioned them? That’s because your text tool is defaulting to be assigned to the page, instead of to the measure. Here is an easy way to set that up, so your text is assigned to the measure. Setting a default…
  • Finale Help Document
  • April 14th, 2022
by Blair Pershyn Is Finale running slow when entering notes or playingback, even with a minimal number of parts? There is a known bug having to do with Macs with Retina displays. If this applies to you, be sure to check out this tech note from Finale. https://makemusic.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217557808-Slow-performance-on-Mac-Retina-displays
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Zachery Cabral Let’s say you have this totally awesome arrangement here:   And you loathe the thought of having to perform out all of that epic orchestration into your DAW of choice. All you have to do is go up to: File -> Export -> MIDI   Once doing that, Finale will bring up a window where it’ll ask you to save your TAA (That’s…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
What are Metatools? Finale has a number of tool specific shortcuts that are used to assign markings using single key + mouse click combination. These are called Metatools. For example, using the Staff Tool, Slash Notation can be added simply by selecting a number of measures, then single clicking on the bars while holding down the letter S on your…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
Written By Zach Cabral   Setting up the standard Berklee drum notation in Finale is actually not too hard.  After you open up a new document with a drum kit, navigate to the Score manager by using the key command CMD + K or by going to Window > Score Manager. Once in the Score Manager, while highlighting the drum set in the…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base, Drums, Berklee Drum Notation
  • April 14th, 2022
Written by Zach Cabral Let’s say you were working on this totally awesome score and you realize about halfway through that some strings would sound so awesome right there. If you were writing your score out on paper, you’d be out of luck. But if you were a big brained Chad you’d already be writing in Finale, and as you are about to learn, this exact…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Zach Cabral Looking to create repeats in Finale? You’ve come to the right place!  First, you must choose the repeat tool. Then you click on where you want to put the start of your repeat. When you do click on the measure, the Repeat Selection dialogue box will show up (pictured down and right). Since you are selecting the beginning of your…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
by Zachery Cabral Have you ever run out of measures when you were scoring your totally awesome score in Finale? Well Here’s how you can add more! Simply go to Edit -> Add Measures A Dialogue box will come up asking how many measures you want added to your score. Type in a number of how many you think you’ll need (don’t worry you can always delete…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base
  • April 14th, 2022
By Tristan Klopp The Fit Measures function in Finale allows you to assign a certain number of measures per line in your score. These lines are called "systems" in Finale. There are two ways to get to this function: At the top of your screen, select Utilities - Fit Measures, or, Press Shift - Command - M This brings you to the Fit Measures…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base, Finale, Fit Measures
  • April 14th, 2022
By Tristan Klopp Copying and pasting can make you really efficient in Finale - but sometimes you want to only copy/paste certain aspects of the score. Finale's filter lets you choose what to include or leave out of your copy/paste. In the Edit menu, you can see the option to "Use Filter" and "Edit Filter".  The checkmark next to "Use Filter"…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base, Finale, Filter, Copy/Paste, Notation
  • April 14th, 2022