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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.
Templates can be used to speed up the process of creating scores for any ensembles or situations for which you regularly compose or notate music. Finale comes with several templates, but as you begin to use the program, it's likely that you'll want to customize those templates, or create new ones to better fit your needs. So in the last video, we learned how to create a new score from template via the Launch Window or the File menu. Let's open a template, and then we'll modify it, and save it as a new template. So let's go to the File menu, let's choose New, and Document From Template.
Let's go to the General Templates folder, and let's choose the Lead Sheet (Handwritten). I am going to cancel out of here, because when you're working on creating a template file, you really don't want to make changes to the score information, or the music information. You just want to make changes to the actual kind of basic elements. So I'll cancel out of there, and we're immediately into the file. A couple of things that I might do to customize the template would include getting rid of the left barlines.
So I'll go to the Document menu, and I am going to choose Document Options, and then I'll choose Barlines, and I'm going to uncheck this Display on Single Staves. I'll click Apply, and OK. And I might go back in there one more time, back into Document Options, and go to Repeats. And I happen to like this Curved shape for the Repeats; you might like one of the others. I am going to choose that, and click Apply, and so if I happen to add any Repeats into the score, they'll automatically come up with that style.
Now, usually when I do lead sheets, I am going to have four measures per system. So I am going to choose the Selection tool here, and then I'm going to hit Command+A to select the entire document. Then I am going to go to the Utilities menu, and choose Fit Measures, and I am going to choose Lock Layout with 4 Measure(s). Click OK. So now the music is kind of set up the way I would actually use it. So I want to save this as a new document. So I'll go to the File menu, and Save As.
The operating system on this computer is OS X 10.7, or Lion, and they've actually hidden the User Library folder, and that's where we need to go. So I am going to get into that by using a little key command here, and that is Command+Shift+G, and that opens up this Go to folder. And to get to the Library folder, we need to type Tilde, Forward slash, capital L, for Library. When I hit Go here, or click Go, that immediately takes me to that spot in the path.
So if I click here, I can see that I'm in my User, and in my Library folder. And now I can follow through the rest of the way. So I need to go to Application Support, down to MakeMusic -- that's the company that manufactures Finale -- Finale 2012, and then I'll go into the Music Files folder, and finally we see the Templates. So, we were in the General Templates folder, and I guess I'll stick this here. Now, once I am here, I don't want to overwrite the original template, because you might want to use that later on. So it's very important that you give this a new name.
So I am going to call this My Leadsheet, and I'll click Save, and then I am going to close this document by going File > Close, and then let's open another one. So let's go File > New > Document From Template, and now when we go into the General Templates folder, we can see our modified template there for what we want, and when I click Open -- and I'll cancel it here again, just so that we can see what we did -- this immediately comes in with four measures per line, no left barlines, and if I was to add repeats, let's just see what happens.
Actually, I'll do this by the Selection tool, so I'll click there, and then I'll Shift+Click the end of this line, and then I am going to right-click, and go down to Repeats, and click Create Simple Repeat, and notice that it comes in with the curved shape on the repeats. So any time you find yourself repeatedly making the same changes to your scores, you'll find adding those changes to a template will speed up your work.
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