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Adding chord symbols

From: Finale 2012 Essential Training

Video: Adding chord symbols

Many popular music styles rely on an improvised accompaniment. For instruments like guitar, piano, and bass, that means your scores need to have chord changes. Let's take a look at how you add chords to a score in Finale. So please open the files that are in the 4_08 folder, and tile and arrange them as we have done in past videos. To add chords in Finale, you need to choose the Chord tool; it looks like the CM7 icon on the toolbar. Then to enter a chord, click a note, and you will notice the blinking cursor above the note, and you can type the chord symbol. In this case, we can just type an F, and then to enter that chord, you can either hit the Return key to enter that, or if you want to enter the chord, and then go on to the next note to add another chord, you can hit the Spacebar to move forward.

Adding chord symbols

Many popular music styles rely on an improvised accompaniment. For instruments like guitar, piano, and bass, that means your scores need to have chord changes. Let's take a look at how you add chords to a score in Finale. So please open the files that are in the 4_08 folder, and tile and arrange them as we have done in past videos. To add chords in Finale, you need to choose the Chord tool; it looks like the CM7 icon on the toolbar. Then to enter a chord, click a note, and you will notice the blinking cursor above the note, and you can type the chord symbol. In this case, we can just type an F, and then to enter that chord, you can either hit the Return key to enter that, or if you want to enter the chord, and then go on to the next note to add another chord, you can hit the Spacebar to move forward.

In this case, I need to go all the way to the beginning of the next bar, and I can do that by pressing the Tab key. I can type a B Flat, and this time I will advance all the way over to the fourth beat of the measure; I need to add a C7. Now in Finale, everything past the root of the chord is referred to as a suffix. So I will type C, and then a 7, and then that enters. Now, in the next chord I am going to do something a little bit more complicated. I am going to add an F, and then I'm going to choose a chord symbol like M7 to add that chord suffix.

And I will go ahead and I will hit the Spacebar to move on to the next note. And Finale is going to tell me, hey, that suffix is not in the chord library, and this is our first indication that all of the chord suffixes that we use must be predefined. So in this case, M7 is not the best chord symbol to use to indicate a major 7. So I am going to say no, and now I am wondering what chord symbol is available for that particular suffix. So I'm going to type, instead, Colon, and then 0, and that shortcut, when I hit the Return key, will take me into the Chord Suffix Selection dialog box.

And now I can scan through here, and I can see all the chord symbols that are already predefined and ready for use. So in this case, I might look through these, and then go down to slot 15, and choose that major 7, or a 14 for that matter; MA7. Those are both good, and I click the Select button, and that assigns it. Now I can click another note, and I will add another major 7, but this time I am going to remember the slot that that chord was in, and I am going to type B Flat, Colon, 14, and that will add that chord suffix.

Now, in addition to complicated chord suffixes, as we've just seen, you can also add chord inversions, and slash chords, and poly chords. Let's take a look at how you do that. So, for example, I'll go over here to this note G, and I'm going to type G for the root, little min for the chord suffix, then a slash to indicate that I'm entering a slash chord or an inversion, and I will type B flat this time; the third of the chord to enter a first inversion G minor chord.

Similarly, I can add a slash chord by clicking a note, and just typing two roots. For instance, if I wanted a C over D chord, I type C, slash, D. Now if you want a true poly chord, you do something similar. We will type the first chord, and then I'll type an Underscore, and then the second chord, which is on the bottom, and then I will hit Return, and notice that we get C over D, which indicates a true poly chord.

Now if you need to edit any of these chords, you can just select handles on them, double click, and go in and retype a chord. So if I want to go just back to F in this case, I will type F, and I can advance to the next chord by hitting my Spacebar, and when I get there, I can if I want to delete that, just hit my Delete key, and it's gone, and I can type in another chord. Again, remember, you can go to the next measure by hitting the Tab key, and I will type in just the correct chord symbol there. I will advance to the next one; that needs to be a C7 there, and I'll delete the next one, and let me finish by going over, and typing F there.

Now, if you need to go backwards, you can do that by holding the Shift key down, and pressing your Left Arrow key. That will take you back a note at a time, and if you need to go back a bar at a time, you can use the Shift+Tab function to do that. That'll get us back to the beginning of the piece. You can also delete a number of chords simultaneously by simply drag-selecting their handles, and pressing your Delete key. Now lastly, you may want a different style of chord to appear in the score, and you can do that by going up to the Chord menu, and going down to Chord Style, and we see a number of different ways to do this.

If you go to Nashville, it will actually turn the chords into numbers. And this is really great if you are going to have to transpose this for a singer. Now you can just see the chord function, and know what to play. Now you know how to add chord changes to a Finale score. In the next video, we will take a look at formatting chords, and how to add chord fretboard diagrams.

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Finale 2012 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  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 8s
    1. Simple entry using a MIDI keyboard
      4m 55s
    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 48s
    1. Playback basics
      7m 27s
    2. Selecting instrument sounds
      8m 17s
    3. HyperScribe setup
      9m 21s
    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 44s
    1. Percussion setup
      6m 22s
    2. Drum set parts
      8m 51s
    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 1s
    1. Editing and creating fretboard diagrams
      6m 35s
    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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