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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
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
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
By Tristan Klopp   Having a strong lead sheet is one of the first and most important steps to running an effective rehearsal and putting on a tight show. I've played original music for multiple artists, and also led bands through playing my own, and the quality of the lead sheet plays a big factor in how the show goes. A great lead sheet makes your…
  • Creative Technology Center, Knowledge base, Finale, Leadsheets, Roadmap
  • April 14th, 2022