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Finale 2012 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Welcome

Shows how to notate musical scores that range from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, bring them to life with instruments, and share them with an audience.
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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 18m 45s
    1. PC installation
      4m 43s
    2. MIDI system setup (PC)
      4m 26s
    3. Mac installation
      3m 12s
    4. MIDI system setup (Mac)
      6m 24s
  3. 24m 22s
    1. The Setup Wizard
      6m 13s
    2. Using score templates
      5m 2s
    3. The default document (Mac)
      4m 17s
    4. The default document (PC)
      3m 36s
    5. Opening and importing files
      5m 14s
  4. 6m 19s
    1. Finale window overview
      2m 44s
    2. Navigating scores
      3m 35s
  5. 54m 34s
    1. Note entry and editing using a mouse
      5m 6s
    2. Note entry and editing using a computer keyboard
      5m 28s
    3. Adding ties, note accidentals, and key changes
      4m 23s
    4. Selecting, copying and pasting, and transposing
      5m 52s
    5. Speedy note entry
      4m 31s
    6. Measure basics and music spacing
      5m 10s
    7. Adding lyrics
      8m 0s
    8. Adding chord symbols
      5m 13s
    9. Formatting and aligning chords
      4m 14s
    10. Formatting a lead sheet
      6m 37s
  6. 44m 9s
    1. Simple entry using a MIDI keyboard
      4m 56s
    2. Entering triplets and tuplets
      4m 30s
    3. Advanced entering of tuplets
      8m 6s
    4. Changing key signatures, time signatures, and clefs
      4m 46s
    5. Working with measure attributes
      2m 45s
    6. Adding ties, grace notes, and Simple Entry commands
      4m 31s
    7. Working with repeats
      5m 11s
    8. Customizing expressions
      5m 29s
    9. Smart Shapes
      3m 55s
  7. 22m 22s
    1. Layer basics
      7m 8s
    2. Click-assigning layers
      3m 30s
    3. Formatting and aligning lyrics
      6m 38s
    4. Text basics
      5m 6s
  8. 36m 49s
    1. Playback basics
      7m 27s
    2. Selecting instrument sounds
      8m 17s
    3. HyperScribe setup
      9m 22s
    4. HyperScribe entry
      6m 13s
    5. Importing audio
      5m 30s
  9. 1h 0m
    1. Staves
      6m 2s
    2. Articulations
      4m 10s
    3. Creating metatools for articulations and expressions
      5m 19s
    4. Adding expressions and articulations in Simple Entry
      4m 9s
    5. Customizing expressions
      4m 47s
    6. Formatting articulations, expressions, and Smart Shapes
      9m 22s
    7. Formatting staff and system spacing
      6m 19s
    8. Formatting measure numbers and rehearsal letters
      6m 34s
    9. Linked parts
      9m 28s
    10. Printing scores and parts
      4m 29s
  10. 48m 45s
    1. Percussion setup
      6m 22s
    2. Drum set parts
      8m 52s
    3. Scores and expressions
      5m 55s
    4. Copying and pasting articulations and expressions
      4m 16s
    5. Using SmartFind and Paint
      2m 23s
    6. Importing and editing libraries
      9m 16s
    7. Applying and creating staff styles
      7m 2s
    8. Changing instruments
      4m 39s
  11. 19m 23s
    1. Special tools
      9m 56s
    2. Plug-ins
      9m 27s
  12. 20m 2s
    1. Editing and creating fretboard diagrams
      6m 36s
    2. Tab staves
      7m 34s
    3. Guitar Smart Shapes
      5m 52s
  13. 14m 14s
    1. Exporting graphics
      7m 2s
    2. Exporting files
      7m 12s
  14. 1m 43s
    1. What's next?
      1m 43s

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Finale 2012 Essential Training
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Finale is the standard application used by musicians of all levels to compose, arrange, play, and print music. In this course, Rick Schmunk shows any aspiring or professional musician, composer, or arranger how to become proficient with Finale 2012. The course shows how to notate musical scores, ranging from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, and bring them to life with instruments and share them with an audience.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the hardware and software
  • Creating a Finale score document
  • Importing files
  • Viewing and navigating documents
  • Entering and editing notes with the mouse, keyboard, and real or virtual instruments
  • Understanding measuring basics and music spacing
  • Adding lyrics
  • Notating music on a grand staff
  • Notating choral music with layers
  • Notating for guitar, including tablature and Smart Shapes
  • Recording in real time
  • Adding expressions and articulations
  • Formatting scores
  • Printing scores
  • Exporting documents
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Hi! I am Rick Schmunk, and I'd like to welcome you to Finale 2012 Essential Training. If you're an amateur or professional musician, and you always wanted to notate and hear your compositions come to life, then this is the course for you. We will start off with the basics of entering notes, and build up to adding lyrics, chord symbols, and tablature to create beautiful lead sheets. Then we will look at how we can use the Score Manager and Linked Parts to save you lots of time as you make changes and format your scores. We will learn how to use the Edit filter, and Smart Find, and Paint to quickly copy expressions and articulations to the instruments in your scores.

Next, we will explore how Staff Styles can be utilized to notate drum set, and other rhythm section parts. Finally, we will learn how to export MIDI, XML, and graphics files so that you can use your music in production and publishing programs, and share with your friends and colleagues. If you're ready to discover computer music notation at its best, let's get started with Finale 2012 Essentials.

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