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Finale 2014 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Welcome

Learn how to notate music in Finale, the industry recognized music notation software, and create professional lead sheets, tablature, or orchestral scores.
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  1. 2m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 9m 52s
    1. MIDI system setup on a Mac
      5m 38s
    2. MIDI system setup on a PC
      4m 14s
  3. 27m 57s
    1. The Setup Wizard
      6m 38s
    2. Using score templates
      5m 19s
    3. Customizing templates on a Mac
      4m 40s
    4. Customizing templates on a PC
      4m 20s
    5. Opening and importing files
      7m 0s
  4. 9m 36s
    1. Finale window overview
      4m 7s
    2. Navigating Finale scores
      5m 29s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. Entering and editing notes using a mouse (Simple Entry)
      4m 57s
    2. Entering notes using the computer keyboard (Simple Entry)
      7m 25s
    3. Entering ties and accidentals
      5m 50s
    4. Making selections, and copying and pasting selections
      5m 26s
    5. Transposing
      4m 39s
    6. Using Speedy Entry for entering notes
      5m 28s
    7. Measure basics and Music Spacing
      4m 36s
    8. Adding lyrics
      8m 36s
    9. Adding chord symbols
      4m 51s
    10. Formatting chord symbols
      4m 48s
    11. Formatting and printing a lead sheet
      8m 3s
  6. 49m 57s
    1. Entering notes using a MIDI keyboard (Simple Entry)
      5m 14s
    2. Entering triplets (tuplets)
      4m 51s
    3. Entering advanced tuplets
      7m 1s
    4. Entering clef, time signature, and key signature changes
      5m 22s
    5. Working with measure attributes
      3m 37s
    6. Entering grace notes and using Simple Entry modify commands
      5m 14s
    7. Adding repeats
      4m 59s
    8. Adding expressions
      7m 32s
    9. Adding slurs, crescendos, and other Smart Shapes
      6m 7s
  7. 21m 52s
    1. Using layers to notate polyphonic music
      7m 42s
    2. Click-assigning lyrics
      3m 39s
    3. Formatting and aligning lyrics
      5m 42s
    4. Entering and editing text using the Text tool
      4m 49s
  8. 17m 52s
    1. HyperScribe note entry
      8m 1s
    2. Using the Repitch tool
      3m 14s
    3. Recording audio
      6m 37s
  9. 1h 0m
    1. Working with staves
      5m 55s
    2. Adding articulations
      4m 10s
    3. Using and creating Metatools to add articulations and expressions
      5m 15s
    4. Adding articulations and expressions in Simple Entry
      4m 50s
    5. Creating and customizing expressions
      5m 35s
    6. Score formatting: Size and spacing
      9m 45s
    7. Score formatting: Expressions and Smart Shapes
      5m 11s
    8. Score formatting: Measure numbers and rehearsal letters
      7m 45s
    9. Editing and formatting parts
      8m 41s
    10. Printing scores and parts
      3m 31s
  10. 17m 12s
    1. Finale playback basics
      7m 37s
    2. Selecting instrument sounds
      9m 35s
  11. 1h 4m
    1. Finale percussion and drum setup
      9m 16s
    2. Entering drum-set parts
      13m 8s
    3. Rhythm section parts and staff styles
      6m 52s
    4. Adding expressions to multiple parts
      6m 51s
    5. Copy and paste using the Edit filter
      4m 32s
    6. SmartFind and Paint
      3m 31s
    7. Importing, editing, and exporting libraries
      9m 33s
    8. Using the Change Instrument function
      5m 52s
    9. Keyless scores
      4m 53s
  12. 18m 3s
    1. Using the Special Tools palette
      9m 14s
    2. Using Finale plugins
      8m 49s
  13. 22m 29s
    1. Working with guitar fretboards
      7m 5s
    2. Creating and using tab staves
      8m 13s
    3. Adding bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and other Smart Shapes for stringed instruments
      7m 11s
  14. 18m 55s
    1. Exporting and using graphics files
      5m 22s
    2. Exporting MIDI, XML, and audio files
      5m 45s
    3. Exporting PDF and EPUB files
      3m 57s
    4. Exporting Finale 2014 files for use in SmartMusic and Finale 2012
      3m 51s
  15. 9m 57s
    1. Scanning music
      5m 33s
    2. Working with PDF and TIFF files
      4m 24s
  16. 9m 39s
    1. Adding video to a Finale score
      3m 28s
    2. Adding audio to a Finale Score
      6m 11s
  17. 1m 41s
    1. Next steps
      1m 41s

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Finale 2014 Essential Training
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If you've always wanted to notate your songs and compositions and print your music for rehearsals and live performances, this is the course for you. Finale 2014 is the recognized standard application used by musicians of all levels to compose, arrange, and publish music. Join composer Rick Schmunk and learn how to notate musical scores that range from simple lead sheets or guitar tablature to detailed scores that even include video. Discover how to enter notes, lyrics, chord symbols, and tab, and use Score Manager and linked parts to save time formatting your score. Want to be even more efficient? Learn how to use SmartFind and Paint to add markings like articulations and expressions. Rick also reveals the secrets to notating drum set and other rhythm section parts. Finally, he shows how to export MIDI, XML, and graphic formats like PDF and EPUB, so you can work with your scores in other publishing and editing programs or simply share your work with colleagues.

Topics include:
  • Creating and opening Finale scores
  • Entering and editing notes
  • Copying and pasting selections
  • Adding lyrics and chord symbols
  • Notating music on the grand staff
  • Using layers to notate polyphonic music
  • Recording notes in real-time
  • Working with small and large scores
  • Creating and customizing expressions
  • Exporting scores
  • Scanning music
  • Adding audio and video to Finale scores
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Hi, I'm Rick Schmunk and I'd like to welcome you to Finale 2014 Essential Training. So 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'll start off with the basics of entering notes and build up to adding lyrics, chord symbols, and tablature to create beautiful leaf sheets. Then we'll 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'll learn how to use the Edit Filter and SmartFind and Paint to quickly copy expression and articulations to the instruments in your scores. Next, we'll explore how staff styles can be utilized to notate drum set and other rhythm section parts. Finally, we'll learn how to export MIDI, XML, and graphics files, so that you can use your music and music production in desktop publishing programs, then share it with your friends and colleagues. If you're ready to discover computer music notation at its best, let's get started with Finale 2014 essentials.

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