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Importing and editing libraries

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Video: Importing and editing libraries

The templates in Finale come loaded with a collection of commonly used expressions, articulations, and chord symbols. In many cases, these templates allow you to create scores with exactly the performance markings that you want. Some styles of music however require less common markings, many of which can be added to a score by loading one of Finale's additional libraries. So let's start by creating a default document. I'm going to go up to File > New and Default Document, and let me just explain that many of the markings that we see in Finale are collected individually into libraries like an Expression Library or an Articulation Library or a Chord Suffix Library.

Importing and editing libraries

The templates in Finale come loaded with a collection of commonly used expressions, articulations, and chord symbols. In many cases, these templates allow you to create scores with exactly the performance markings that you want. Some styles of music however require less common markings, many of which can be added to a score by loading one of Finale's additional libraries. So let's start by creating a default document. I'm going to go up to File > New and Default Document, and let me just explain that many of the markings that we see in Finale are collected individually into libraries like an Expression Library or an Articulation Library or a Chord Suffix Library.

In most cases, the defaults have gotten me through the work that I need to do. But the one that I use the most is the Chord Suffix Library and it's an excellent introduction into importing libraries. So let's just take a look and see what we have. Now I've got the Chord Tool selected and I'm going to zoom in just a little bit so we can see more in detail and I'm going to click this first measure to attach a chord. Now remember that the suffix that you use on a chord has to be predefined. So let's just see what happens here. So if I type in Cmajor, it takes that.

Let me try something else. So a Dmin, it doesn't like that. It's telling me it's not part of the library. So I'll say No and I'm going to erase the suffix and then to see what suffixes that are available, I'm going to type colon and zero, and this takes us to the Chord Suffix Selection dialog. So now you can scroll through and you can find what they've put for minor. Now it looks like I have little m, which is something I don't like. It's really hard to tell the difference between a little m and a big M when you're reading chords.

So, I'm wondering what else is out there, whether I'm going to have to build this by hand or if there's another library out there. And also, I really don't like the way that these chord fonts look. So let's choose something else. I'm going to delete these chords by drag- selecting them and then hitting my Delete key. Then I am going to go to File > Load Library. And in this folder you can see all of the different kinds of libraries that they have. Look in the Default Library we see kind of Format and Percussion Layouts and Staff Styles.

Now If I we go into the Chord Suffixes folder, you could see that there's a bunch of different suffix libraries related to different kinds of fonts. And this newer one, the Broadway Copyist is particularly good. So I'm going to choose that and click Open and it takes just a second and it's added that to the score. So again, I'm going to click to add a chord, just type C. And since I'm not sure what I've got yet, I'm going to type colon and zero so I can go back into that dialog box and see what I've got. Now I'm going to have to scroll down always because there was a bunch of chords in here already.

When I get about halfway down, I start to see the font is changed and I see a different kind of chord. And these to me look really good. So for example, if I wanted to use this MA7 for my Major 7, I'd select that, drop that into the document, and that looks good, but unfortunately now my chord root looks bad. So I'm going to go into the Document menu and down to Document Options and then choose Fonts, and now I can set the fonts for the chord. Now, if I click on the pop-up menu, we can see that I can set them separately for the Symbol, the Suffix, the Alteration, and if you're using Fretboards.

So in this case, C is the symbol of the chord. So I'm going to choose that, choose Set Font, and then you can either scroll in this dialog or you can type a couple of letters at the beginning of the name of the font that you're looking for. In this case, I'm looking for the Broadway, so I'm going to type BRO and that gets me close, I've got Broadway Copyist selected. Now you've got to be careful here because Broadway Copyist and Broadway Percussion are actually noteheads and percussion notehead type fonts. So I want Broadway Copyist Text.

So I'm going to choose that and just because I've done this before, I'm going to need a larger font size with this. So I'm going to make that 15 point size and I'll say OK. And if I click the Apply button, we'll see that flow through to the score, and that's looking a lot better. Now before I finish here, I also want to go back in and adjust the font size on the alteration. Now the alteration is when you have a flat or a sharp in the chord symbol like D Flat Major 7 or F Sharp Minor 7.

So let me choose that, click Set Font, and again I'm going to type BRO to get me to Broadway. And this time I can use Copyist because I'm looking for the sharp or flat symbol. So I'm going to make this just a little bit larger, let's try 17, I'll click OK, and OK to go into the score. Now let's add a symbol with an alteration in it. So let's do F Sharp and then I'm going to go colon , because I'm not sure how this is entered into this library, and zero and then I'll hit Return.

Now I can scroll down into these chord suffixes and notice that was a long way, we're going to have to do something about that. And now I can see the things are related to minor and I see a couple of different options for Minor 7. So let me choose that one and click Select. Now you can see I have the root, the alteration, and the chord symbol and that's all looking pretty good. Now as I just commented, I don't like to have to scroll through all those chords. And so there's a couple of ways we can fix this. So I'm going to click, I'm going to put a chord symbol in here and then I'll just type C, so I can get that handle.

And now I'm going to right-click on that because I want to go into the Edit Chord Definition dialog. And what I'm looking for is actually under Show Advanced, so I'll click that button and down here at the bottom I can get into that suffix selection box by clicking Select. Now this time I want you to notice that I've got a bunch of extra buttons. So I'm going to do two things here. First, I'm going to click that first chord and then I'm going to take the scrollbar and I'm going to scroll down until I see these other chord symbols. Then I'm going to Shift+Click to that one.

So, all that stuff above that, I don't like it, so I want to get rid of it. So I'm going to click Delete. It takes just a second, and they're gone. So now it'll be easy for me to add chords. For instance, I can use the slot number to add the chord if you can't remember how exactly to spell it. So if I know I want to add 2 Chord, I can add that to the score, by doing this. Let me cancel out, and now I click into that field, let me double-click. It puts me there. Now I can go C:1 because that was in the first slot.

And there we go, added that chord symbol. Now in case you need to add a symbol that's not defined, let's go in and add one. So I'm going to right-click on that so I can get back into this Edit Chord Definition. Advanced is already open, so I'll go down by Suffix, click Select, and now I have the ability to actually create a new suffix. Now as I've shown you in some of the other videos, I like to work from something that's already existing and duplicate it and then edit it. So for example, if I needed something like a Minor 9 Flat 5, I might scan down until I see a chord symbol that has the same characters in it, at least the same number of characters.

So Major 7 Flat 5 will get me close. So I'm going to duplicate that and then click Edit and it brings me into the Suffix Editor dialog and now I can go okay, M is okay, so let me click Next so it selects the next character. Now I'll replace that with an I and click Next and then the next one I want to replace that 7 with a 9. So let's do that and now I've got Minor 9 Flat 5 what I was looking for. I can click Select and OK and I can add that to the score.

Now furthermore, I'll probably be able to type that in. So let me click again and I go FMI9(b5). And now when I hit Enter, that suffix is defined and it formats it perfectly the way I want it look in the score. So the last thing you might want to do after you've customized the suffix library is to save it for use in another score. So I'm going to go back to the File menu and I'm going to go down to Save Library and I've already got Chords & Fretboards selected.

So I'll go ahead and click OK. Now if you were doing an articulation or an expression library, you would uncheck that and choose the right one. But I'll choose Chords, I'll click OK, and then I'm into the Library folder and I'll click Chord Suffixes and now I can call this My Chord Suffixes. I'll click Save and then just to make sure that that worked, I'll go back into the File menu and Load Library and then I'll go into the Chord Suffix subfolder and there we go, My Chord Suffixes.

So in the future, you'll be able to import that into more scores. So loading, editing, and saving the chord suffix library is just one useful way that you can begin to customize Finale for your own use. You should check out the other libraries in a later video, I'll show you how to customize and save a template with your favorite libraries.

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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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