Finale 2012 Essential Training
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Finale 2012 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Click-assigning layers

Oftentimes you'll find it's easier to type the lyrics for a composition into a word processor than directly into Finale. You can then transfer the lyrics and add them to your score using Finale's Click Assignment method. So go ahead and please open the 6_02 Click Assignment and 6_02 example files and arrange them as we have in past videos. Also, go ahead and open the 6_02 Lyrics document. You can either use the Word doc or the text file there, depending upon what word processor you're using. Okay. To get this started, I am going to switch over to my word processor and I'm going to select the text that I've got in my word processor and copy it to the clipboard.
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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 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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Watch the Online Video Course Finale 2012 Essential Training
6h 13m Beginner Jan 06, 2012

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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
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Finale
Author:
Rick Schmunk

Click-assigning layers

Oftentimes you'll find it's easier to type the lyrics for a composition into a word processor than directly into Finale. You can then transfer the lyrics and add them to your score using Finale's Click Assignment method. So go ahead and please open the 6_02 Click Assignment and 6_02 example files and arrange them as we have in past videos. Also, go ahead and open the 6_02 Lyrics document. You can either use the Word doc or the text file there, depending upon what word processor you're using. Okay. To get this started, I am going to switch over to my word processor and I'm going to select the text that I've got in my word processor and copy it to the clipboard.

Then I am going to switch back into my scores here and then I am going to choose the Lyrics tool and go up to the Lyrics menu and open a new window called the Lyrics window. I am going to go ahead and I am going to paste that text on the clipboard directly into the Lyrics window. Now, what I want to do is I want to use these lyrics here and I want to click them directly into the score. So I am going to place my cursor before the first word and then I am going to go up to the Lyrics menu and I am going to choose the Click Assignment mode.

Now all I need to do is click a note in the score to add that word or syllable to the score. Now, please note that the lyrics have to be attached to a note, so you are going to have to pick a voice. And at times when the rhythms are different in an alternate voice, they are going to have to reconcile how to sing those words. So I am going to use the soprano line to click these in. So now I'll just click that first note, I get Gott, and then der, and I can just continue to click and it will add the words in. This is pretty straight ahead. We've got pretty much one word per note here until we get to the very end.

So on this last word we do have hyphens. And I'll use the first two syllables against the first two notes. And then the last syllable actually skips a note and goes on the last note, so I'll just skip it and click, and notice that it correctly aligns that. Now, notice that there is a repeat here on this first part, and so I am actually going to need to take this text for this next phrase and I am going to cut it using Command+X, Ctrl+X on the PC. And I am going to hit this up arrow button to go into verse 2, and I'll paste it there.

I'll put the cursor back in front of the first word, and now I can continue to add the rest of these lyrics. So I'll click the first note and now you can see that I am adding the second verse. And again, it's pretty much one syllable or one word per note, except the very last one, again, where I'll skip and move over. Now, to start adding lyrics into the next section of the song, I am going to click the down arrow to go back into the first verse, put my cursor before the next word, and I'll start click-assigning that.

But this time I'm actually going to make a mistake that I'll correct later. I'm going to actually add this a note late. So I'll start clicking the lyrics in and then after about three or four I'll look up and I'll see that I've done that incorrectly. So I am going to go back up to the Lyrics menu and I am going to choose Shift Lyrics. And what I want to do is I want to shift this to the left one note, so I'll choose Left, Shift Syllables by One Note, click OK, and then I am going to go click the first note, and they all move over one syllable or one word.

So when I first started using Finale I ignored Click Assignment because I thought it was too complicated, but as you can see, it's actually easy, and it speeds up the process of adding lyrics.

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