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Finale Top Ten Tips & Tricks

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    Introduction & Setup

    Get acquainted with Finale and learn how to setup a score, easily navigate, and customize to your computer.

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    Note Input

    Learn the intuitive way to use shortcut keys to input notes by typing or playing on a MIDI device.

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    The Alt Key

    In note entry, learn how to change many things without having to exit note entry to use a different tool.

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    Input Markings

    Some quick shortcut ways to input many performance markings that makes shortcuts intuitive.

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    Selection Tool

    Find the fast and intuitive way to input and edit in Finale all with one tool!

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    Realtime Entry

    This will help you understand how to change a realtime performance into readable notation.

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    Leadsheets

    This focuses on guitar notation, chords and an intro to lyrics.

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    Choral Scores

    Learn better ways to input lyrics, work with open and closed scores and create part predominant records.

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    Percussion

    Understanding of the percussion layout and special percussion notation needs including instrument doubling.

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    Large Scores

    Learn rehearsal marks, cue notes, divisi parts, and part formatting quickly. Great tips on dynamic part linking.

Product Overview


Finale is an industry standard in music notation software used by students hobbyists and professionals alike. Let Finale expert Tom Carruth doeswill open your eyes to new tips and tricks that will revolutionize the way you create notation in Finale!

Tom begins with Navigation, Setup, and Computer Customization tips and advice. Then he shows you an intuitive way to use Shortcut Keys to Enter Notes, as well as how to best utilize the Note Entry Tool. The best practices for using Input Marketings is shown, and after that, fast and intuitive Selection Tool techniques.

Continuing on, Tom shows you some tips on Changing Realtime Performance into Readable Notation, and then Creating Guitar Lead Sheets with Guitar Notation, Chords, and Lyrics. After that, he focuses on Choral Scores, teaching you how to Input Lyrics, work with Open and Closed Scores, and Create Predominant Records.

Wrapping it up, Tom explains the Percussion Layout and Special Percussion Notation needs such as Instrument Doubling. Finally, Tom includes a plethora of tips and tricks on Working with Large Scores.

Whether you're new to Finale or a longtime pro, you're sure to learn something useful from "Top Ten Finale Tips & Tricks!"


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Finale Top Ten Tips & Tricks is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finale Video Very Well Done This video goes deep into the input scheme using the computer keyboard for the most part, using keystrokes, pre-defined macros, and short-cut keys. It is very thorough and has a good bit of depth in it. It is time very well spent and can get you a long way down the road to learning Finale.
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best video I've seen so far on how to increase notation speed using Finale The instructor demonstrates the power of Finale shortcuts. A must see if you're working to speed up your notation efforts. Thank you for this video!
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very clear! I think is a pretty clear tutorial. I can pick up finale within couple days by watching it. The only complaint is this version is quite old, so some of the functions are different than the current version.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Real Tricks! Very helpful! A lot of matters I've never discovered before :) Thanks!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great information. Very Helpful! Many of these tricks, especially shortcut keys, I did not know and I've been a Finale user for years. Wish I had seen these earlier.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thought I knew Finale, boy was I wrong. I use Finale all the time, but learned tons of new tricks with these videos I didn't know about. They will definitely speed up my work flow.
Date published: 2017-06-12
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