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Finale window overview

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Knowing where to find a function or command is critical to using any notation program. Finale is a tool-based program, so knowing how to access the tools, the associated floating palettes, and functions will help you complete your scores more quickly. So I am here in the 3_01 Woodwind Quartet file. We are going to take a look at the Finale window. Now, the PC and Mac versions of Finale are almost identical, but as we look at the Finale window for the first time, you'll notice there are some subtle differences. In the Mac version, you'll see a menu bar docked at the top of the screen. There is a sizable document window, there's a tool palette, and so on, and so forth.

Finale window overview

Knowing where to find a function or command is critical to using any notation program. Finale is a tool-based program, so knowing how to access the tools, the associated floating palettes, and functions will help you complete your scores more quickly. So I am here in the 3_01 Woodwind Quartet file. We are going to take a look at the Finale window. Now, the PC and Mac versions of Finale are almost identical, but as we look at the Finale window for the first time, you'll notice there are some subtle differences. In the Mac version, you'll see a menu bar docked at the top of the screen. There is a sizable document window, there's a tool palette, and so on, and so forth.

On the PC version, all of these things are docked in the window. Now, for the most part, these menus that go across the top are static, meaning that they don't change. But choosing some tools will actually add a different menu. For example, if I click the Measure tool, you'll see the Measure menu appear here. If I choose the Simple Entry tool, you'll see the Simple menu appear. Now, we don't have time to go through all the menus right now, but let's take a quick look at a couple of them. On the File menu, you'll see the typical things, like Close, and Save, and opening files. On the Edit menu, you'll see things like Cut, Copy, and Paste. And then, on the MIDI/Audio menu, you'll be able to set up your internal speakers, or your MIDI setup; other things like that.

And then you're going to want to take a look at the Plug-ins menu. Now, Plug-ins are basically little macros that complete complex tasks. For example, if I choose the Selection tool, and click out to the left of the Flute staff, it will select the Flute part for the entire score. Now, I am going to go up to the Plug- ins menu, and I am going to choose Scoring and Arranging, and Check Range. Now, this plug-in will analyze the entire part, and make sure that there are no notes outside the flute range. So I'll go ahead and click Check, and analyze that, and it tells us no; No out of range notes were found.

While the icons help to identify the tools, the Status Bar is also a big help. So if I click on one of these tools, notice that it gives us the name, and the function of that. If I click on the Articulation tool, we see the name, and on the Lyrics tool, it shows us that. Also, if you hover your mouse over a tool, a little window will come up and tell you what that tool is. Now, I should alert you that on a PC, this Status Bar right here is actually located down here at the bottom. On the right and bottom edge of the document window, there are scroll bars that help us place the score right where we want to be.

But at the bottom of the screen, we have the page buttons, so this one will page you forward one page at a time; this one, one page back. With this one, I can go to the end of the score, and this one, to the beginning of the score. Now that you have a general feel for how Finale is laid out, take the time to go over what we just discussed. Repetition and practice will help build your familiarity and confidence.

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Finale 2012 Essential Training

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Rick Schmunk
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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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