Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Entering and editing notes using a mouse (Simple Entry), part of Finale 2014 Essential Training.
After creating a score, the next step is to begin to add notes. An easy way to do this, is by using the computer mouse. Let's set up a new score and try it out. So, I've got the 4_01 Danny Boy Example open here, but we're going to add notes into a new score, so let's go up into the File menu. Let's choose New Document from Template. And let's choose the lead sheet handwritten that we'll find in the general template folder. So I'll select that click open, and in the score information area, I'm going to add the title which is Oh, Danny Boy.
Now, tab down to the composer, which is going to be Irish Traditional since we don't know who actually wrote this. And under lyricist, going to add Fred Weatherly. Click the next button. And let's set the time signature at four four and the key is going to be F. So I'm going to click below the scroll button here once to add one flat. Let's enable the tempo marking, let's call this Ballad and I'll set the tempo at quarter note equals seventy. There is a pick up so let me enable that, so let me set that and I'll set that at a dotted quarter note and our score is going to end up being seventeen bars long, so I'll go ahead and enter that now.
And I'll click Finish. Now, so, we can see both of these simultaneously. I am going to go up to the Window menu and I am going to choose Tile Windows. And then I'll put them both in scroll view. So, I'll go Cmd+e. That would be Ctrl+e on a PC on the top area. And click on the bottom and do the same thing, and while I'm there I'm going to zoom in a little bit, so I'll go command plus. That would be control plus on the pc, and let me do the same thing on the upper window. Okay, so now I want to add some notes. And one of the ways that we can do that is to use the simple entry tool, which is the one to the right of the time signature tool, so I'll click that.
And it immediately places the note entry cursor in the first measure. Now all I need to do is select a rhythmic value from the simple entry palette here on the left. And then click on the spacer line where the note needs to go. So in that first measure it looks like we need an e. And then I'm going to change the rhythmic value to a quarter note. If I wanted to I could also add the dot and add that all in one move, but instead I'm going to click in the quarter note, and then I'm going to hit the period key on my computer keyboard, to add the dotted value.
And then I'll go back to my eighth note and I'll click in my next few notes. And I'm going to go ahead and change back to a quarter note. And I'll enter in the next note. Looks like I entered the wrong note in. So I'm just going to use my up and down arrows, while that note is still selected, to adjust the pitch. So hitting my up arrow will adjust the pitch up a step. And my down arrow successively will take me down a step. Now the next thing I need to add in here is rest.
And one way I can do that would be to go up to the window menu and open the simple entry rest palate. Choose the rest value, and then click it in. But, that's an extra step that I don't want to do. I want to avoid that so I'm going to close that palate. I'm going to choose the duration that I need, which is going to be an eighth note. And then I'm going to click any note onto that staff. And while it's selected I'll press my r key to toggle that into a rest and then I can add the next few notes that I need.
I'll add the notes to the end of this bar so F. I did that wrong again so I'll use my up arrow. And then I'll use A, again I did the wrong thing. One more time. And the last time, let me get this B-flat in. There we go. So if you need to make a correction, you can always use the Undo function, which is under the Edit menu. And that's going to be Cmd+z on the Mac, or Ctrl+z on a PC. And you can always use your right and left arrow keys to navigate back and forth with the notes. For example, if I press my left arrow, that will take me to a point earlier in the score and my right arrow will take me to a point later in the score.
So, I would suggest that you finish by adding the notes through measure eight, and then save your score. And, I'm going to do that right now, because Finale doesn't automatically save your score for you. So, let's go save, and I'll call this Oh Danny Boy, and then I'm going to put that out on the desktop, I'll go ahead and click save. Okay, so using a computer mouse is an easy way to enter and edit notes. In the next video, we'll take a look at how to enter notes using the computer keyboard.
- Creating and opening Finale scores
- Entering and editing notes
- Copying and pasting selections
- Adding lyrics and chord symbols
- Notating music on the grand staff
- Using layers to notate polyphonic music
- Recording notes in real-time
- Working with small and large scores
- Creating and customizing expressions
- Exporting scores
- Scanning music
- Adding audio and video to Finale scores