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The default document (Mac)

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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.

The default document (Mac)

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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Finale 2012 Essential Training

67 video lessons · 4435 viewers

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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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