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Composing with Finale®

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Finale offers all the notation tools required to craft virtually any composition. Unfortunately, the imaginative ways these tools are used sometimes becomes an elaborate composition in itself! Composing with Finale shows you the essentials you'll need in order to make the most of this program's incredible power. Studying Finale from a compositional perspective eases the learning curve overall, transforming Finale into an extension of your imagination. Instead of describing procedures most beneficial to copyists and engravers, this book isolates the methods crucial to working with a composition in progress- how to efficiently translate directly from your mind to the score. Far from a "point-and-click" guide, Composing with Finale will help you compose more music with one of the most advanced music-composition tools on the market.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Finale: A Composer’s Treasure Chest
    2. A Minimalist Rhapsody and Variations
    3. Fertile Soil
    4. Ta Da!
    5. The Universal Compromise
    6. Notate Free or Die
    7. The Playground
    8. You Want Me to Play What?!
    9. Reaping the Rewards
  5. 1. Taking the Wheel
    1. Your Implements
      1. The Standards
      2. The Eight Kahunas
        1. The Selection Tool
        2. Entry Tools: Simple Entry, Speedy Entry, and HyperScribe
        3. Staff Tool
        4. Expression Tool
        5. Articulation Tool
        6. Smart Shape Tool
      3. TNT for Your Tools
    2. Super-Charging Finale
      1. Be a Control Freak
        1. Windows-Only Menu Shortcuts
        2. Programming and Using Metatools
      2. Plug It In
      3. Start the Engine
        1. Laptop Users
        2. Turn Off Fill with Rests
        3. Default View
  6. 2. Getting the Best Angle
    1. A Closer Look: Zooming
      1. Custom Zoom Percentages
      2. Dragging the Score Around
      3. The Scroll Wheel
    2. Room with a View
      1. Scroll View
        1. Navigating in Scroll View
        2. Assigning and Using Staff Sets
      2. Page View
      3. Studio View
    3. Wormholes
      1. Using Bookmarks
      2. Between Score and Parts
      3. Between Documents
      4. Between Programs
  7. 3. Moving Stuff Around
    1. Selecting
      1. Drag-Selecting
      2. Shift+Drag-Selecting
      3. Click-Selecting
      4. Selection Keyboard Shortcuts
    2. Moving Things Around
      1. Making Sure You Move Everything
      2. Moving Everything
      3. Moving It More Than Once: Multiple Copies
    3. Moving Specific Things
      1. Moving Specific Markings
      2. Moving Specific Markings Faster
      3. Moving Specific Markings with Blazing Speed
      4. Clearing, Copying, or Changing Specific Voices/Layers
      5. Copying Tricks
  8. 4. Listen
    1. Auditioning Your Score
      1. Starting Playback Whenever
        1. Starting Playback on a Macintosh
        2. Starting Playback on Windows
      2. Listening to Specific Staves
        1. Listening to a Specific Staff on a Macintosh
        2. Listening to a Specific Staff on Windows
      3. Audio Spot-Checking
        1. Audio Spot-Checking on a Macintosh
        2. Audio Spot-Checking on Windows
    2. Making It Sound Pretty
      1. Using Garritan Sounds
        1. Adding Garritan Staves with the Setup Wizard
        2. Applying Garritan Sounds to Existing Staves
      2. Using Human Playback
        1. Applying Human Playback to the Entire Score
        2. Human Playback Preferences
        3. Applying Human Playback to Parts of the Score
      3. The Mixer
      4. “Conducting” Tempo Changes
  9. 5. Managing Your Instrumentalists
    1. Assembling the Ranks
      1. Creating Custom Ensembles
      2. Super Templates: Document Styles
      3. Templates
        1. Customizing Templates
        2. Saving an Existing File as a Template
        3. Assigning a Custom Templates Folder
    2. Micromanaging
      1. Adding, Removing, and Reordering Staves
        1. Deleting a Staff
        2. Inserting a New Staff
        3. Reordering Staves
      2. Instrument Doubling
      3. Composing and Multiple-Part Staves
        1. Combining Parts
        2. Play This, Don’t Play That
      4. Range Checking
      5. Page Turns
    3. Macromanaging
      1. A Brave New World
      2. The Ultimate Fake Book
      3. Multiple Movements
  10. 6. Arranging and Rearranging
    1. Pyrotechnics and Finale: Exploding and Imploding
      1. Exploding
        1. Retranscribing
        2. Exploding into Specific Staves
      2. Imploding
      3. Piano Reductions
    2. Layers
      1. Moving Layers
      2. Dealing with Extra Rests
  11. 7. The Composer’s Wild Kingdom
    1. Transposing
      1. Transposing Diatonically Within the Key Signature
        1. Transposition Shortcuts
        2. Chromatic Transposition and Parallel Harmony
      2. Changing the Instrument Transposition
      3. Changing the Key
      4. Right Notes, Wrong Key Signature
      5. What Key to Use: Finding the Range
    2. Doing the Math: Durations and Meters
      1. Changing the Time Signature
      2. Changing Durations and Meters
      3. Complex Meters and Beaming
      4. Time-Signature Metatools
    3. Composing with Finale and Friends
      1. Importing from a DAW or MIDI Sequencer
        1. Saving and Opening a MIDI File
        2. Orchestrating Your Imported MIDI File
      2. Exporting to a Sequencer
      3. Assigning Dynamic Markings in a MIDI Sequencer
      4. Importing and Exporting MusicXML
        1. Exporting a MusicXML File
        2. Importing a MusicXML File
  12. 8. Lead Sheets
    1. Starting a New Lead Sheet
      1. Opening a Lead-Sheet Template
      2. Setting Up Your Score After Completing the Setup Wizard
        1. Adding a Pickup Measure
        2. Updating the Title, Composer, and Other Score Information
        3. Changing the Key Signature
        4. Adding or Changing the Tempo Marking
        5. Placing the Key Signature on the First Staff System Only
    2. Adding the Melody
      1. Entering Measures 1-8
      2. Entering Repeats
      3. Entering Measures 9-26
    3. Adding the Chord Symbols
    4. Adding the Lyrics
      1. Respacing the Systems to Make Room for Lyrics
      2. Typing the Lyrics into the Score
  13. 9. Piano Scores
    1. Starting a New Piano Score
      1. Beginning with the Setup Wizard
        1. Adding Expressive Text
        2. Tweaking the Title and Page Layout
    2. Notating a Piano Piece
      1. Changing the Beamed Groups
      2. Applying Cross-Staff Notation
      3. Adding the Melody
        1. Making Way for the Melody
        2. Entering the Melody for Measures 5–6
        3. Resolving Collisions
        4. Adding the Bass Notes
      4. Adding the Slurs
      5. Adding the Dynamics
      6. Finishing Up
    3. More Keyboard Figures
      1. S Slurs
      2. Fingerings
      3. Piano Pedaling
  14. 10. Choral Scores
    1. Starting a New SATB Choral Score
    2. Notating a Choral Piece with HyperScribe
      1. Setting Up HyperScribe
      2. Adding the Melody
      3. Adding the Harmony
        1. Adding a Secondary Voice with HyperScribe
        2. Fixing the Rests
        3. Beginning Divisi Mid-Measure
      4. Adding the Sostenuto Marking
      5. Adding the Dynamics
      6. Adding a Tempo Alteration
      7. Placing the Tempo Alteration on All Staves Using a New Staff List
      8. Copying to the Alto Staff
      9. Double Stems
    3. Setting Words to Music (Adding Lyrics)
      1. Adjusting the Vertical Lyric Positioning
      2. Adding the Slurs (Melismas)
      3. Removing Extra Hyphens
    4. Adjusting the Measure, Staff, and System Layout
      1. Fitting Measures
      2. Optimizing
      3. Changing the Staff Name
      4. Resizing the Systems
      5. Adjusting the Staff Positioning
      6. Adjusting the System Positioning
      7. Resizing the Lyrics
      8. Adjusting the Page Margins
  15. 11. Guitar Scores
    1. Starting a New Guitar Score
    2. Notating a Guitar Piece with Tablature
      1. Converting Standard Notation to Tablature
      2. Entering Directly into a Tablature Staff
      3. Converting Tablature to Standard Notation
      4. Adding the Chords and Fretboard Diagrams
    3. Guitar Markings
      1. Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs
      2. Slides
      3. Let-Ring and Other Extensions
      4. More Guitar Markings
        1. Bends
        2. Picking Figures
        3. Fingerings
  16. 12. Percussion
    1. Starting a New Percussion Part
    2. Notating Percussion
      1. Percussion Entry with a MIDI Keyboard
      2. Percussion Entry Without a MIDI Keyboard
    3. Percussive Pleasantries
      1. Changing the Number of Staff Lines
      2. Rolls
      3. Flams, Drags, and Ruffs
      4. Sticking Indications and Other Markings
  17. 13. Instrumental Ensembles
    1. Starting an Instrumental Ensemble
    2. Notating an Instrumental Ensemble
      1. Hanging On to the Music
      2. Doubling the Duration and Setting the Tempo
      3. Embellishing the Bass Line
      4. Changing the Key Signature Without Changing the Notes
      5. Adding a Slashed Grace Note
      6. Adding a Trill
      7. Adding the Dynamics and Slurs
      8. Adding the Title and Subtitle
      9. Finishing Up
  18. 14. Jazz Band
    1. Starting a New Jazz-Band Score
    2. Composing for Jazz Band
      1. Auto Harmonizing
      2. Adding a Rhythm Section
        1. Using the MiBAC Jazz Rhythm Section Generator (Windows Only)
        2. Adding a Drum-Set Part with Drum Groove
      3. Slash Notation (Comping)
      4. Rhythmic Notation
      5. One- and Two-Bar Repeats
  19. 15. Wrapping Up
    1. Music Spacing
    2. Layout
      1. Measure Layout
      2. Resizing
      3. Overall Staff Spacing
      4. Optimization
      5. Individual Staff Spacing
      6. System Spacing
    3. Finishing Touches
      1. Parts
      2. Page Turns
      3. Cue Notes
      4. Beautify Your Beams
  20. 16. Unleashing Your Masterpiece
    1. Printing
      1. Batch Printing
      2. Booklets
      3. Other Printing Techniques
    2. Creating PDFs
      1. Saving as a PDF on Windows
      2. Saving as a PDF on Macintosh
    3. Sharing with Others Online
    4. Exporting Audio Files
    5. Finale