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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.
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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