Finale 2012 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk
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Finale 2012 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 6h 13m Beginner


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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the hardware and software
  • Creating a Finale score document
  • Importing files
  • Viewing and navigating documents
  • Entering and editing notes with the mouse, keyboard, and real or virtual instruments
  • Understanding measuring basics and music spacing
  • Adding lyrics
  • Notating music on a grand staff
  • Notating choral music with layers
  • Notating for guitar, including tablature and Smart Shapes
  • Recording in real time
  • Adding expressions and articulations
  • Formatting scores
  • Printing scores
  • Exporting documents
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- [Voiceover] Hi I'm Rick Schmunk and I'd like to welcome you to Finale 2012 essential training. If you're an amateur or professional musician and you always wanted to notate and hear your compositions come to life then this is the course for you. We'll start off with the basics of entering notes and build up to adding lyrics, chord symbols, and tablature to create beautiful lead sheets. Then, we'll look at how we can use the score manager and linked parts to save you lots of time as you make changes and format your scores. We'll learn how to use the edit filter and smart find and paint to quickly copy expressions and articulations to the instruments in your scores.

Next, we'll explore how staff styles can be utilized to notate drum set and other rhythm section parts. Finally, we'll learn how to export midi, xml, and graphics files so that you can use your music and production and publishing programs and share it with your friends and colleagues. If you're ready to discover computer music notation at its best let's get started with Finale 2012 essentials.

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