The Finale Primer: Mastering the Art of Music Notation with Finale

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2005 - Music - 275 pages
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(Book). Fully updated for Finale 2005, this book remains the definitive guide for understanding and using this powerful, state-of-the-art music notation software. Finale's wide range of capabilities yields a steep learning curve, but The Finale Primer guides users through the powerful intricacies of Finale 2005 one step at a time. This hands-on book assists with all facets of music preparation whether transcribing an existing piece of music or creating an original work and helps maximize the benefits of Finale's invaluable capabilities in editing, reformatting, and reorganizing musical material.
 

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Contents

Getting Started Finale Basics
1
Document Setup Wizard
4
Default Document
14
Building Finale Navigational Skills
15
Finale Power Tools and Shortcuts
16
The Message BarStatus Bar
18
Help and the Builtin Manual
19
A Look at the Main Tool Palette
21
Layering with Speedy Entry Input
137
Selecting Display Colors
139
Building a Single Staff Score with Speedy Entry
141
Speedy Entry Shortcuts
143
Barlines
148
Formatting Measures
149
The Repeat Tool
156
Chapter Four Review
158

The Measure Tool
24
Viewing the Score
26
Viewing Multiple Windows
30
Saving Your Work
33
Closing Opening and Quitting
38
Chapter One Review
42
The Finale Toolbox
45
The Staff Tool
46
Edit Staff Attributes
52
Transposing Instruments and Finale
56
The Add Group and Bracket Command and the Staff Tool
61
Programming Staff Sets
70
The Key Signature Tool
72
Metatools
74
The Time Signature Tool
75
The Measure Tool
80
The Zoom Tool
81
The Hand Grabber Tool
82
Chapter Two Projects
83
Simple Entry
87
Editing the Score
95
Playing Back the Score
102
Special Score Considerations
106
Smart Shapes
114
Alternate Meter and Note Beaming
119
Alternate Notation
120
Chapter Three Review
125
Speedy Entry
127
Note Input
129
Using the Caps Lock Key with Speedy Entry
131
Editing with the Speedy Entry Keypad
132
Creating Chords
134
Accidentals
135
Inserting Notes or Rests
136
Chapter Four Projects
159
Creating a Lead Sheet
161
Entering Lyrics into a Score
162
Type into Score Lyric Entry
163
Click Assignment Lyric Entry
167
Additional Lyric Menu Options
171
Shift Lyrics
172
Contextual Menu Editing
174
Chord Symbols and the Chord Tool
175
Chord Styles
184
Fretboard Diagrams
189
Chapter Five Review
190
The Final Score
193
Creating a Title The Text Block Tool
209
Creating Parts from a Score
211
Printing Basics
213
Chapter Six Review
215
Chapter Six Projects
216
Special Guitar Notation
217
Creating Fingerings
222
Creating Custom Fingerboards
229
Chapter Seven Review
239
A Finale and Computer Terminology
241
B StepbyStep Guide for Musical Score Creation
246
C Hyperscribe
248
D Using the Free SmartScore Lite Program
254
E Creating a New Finale Default File
259
F Using Special Notational Fonts
260
G Exporting a Finale Selection to Text or Graphics Processors
261
H Saving Scores as Standard MIDI Files
263
I Score Order
266
Bibliography for Further Study
268
Index
270
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Purse is Chair of the Music Technology and Guitar Departments at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

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