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Finale Top Ten Tips & Tricks

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction & Setup

    6:07

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

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    Tutorial 2

    Note Input

    6:13

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

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    Tutorial 3

    The Alt Key

    10:11

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

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    Tutorial 4

    Input Markings

    9:08

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

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    Tutorial 5

    Selection Tool

    6:55

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

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    Tutorial 6

    Realtime Entry

    7:16

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

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    Tutorial 7

    Leadsheets

    11:04

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

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    Tutorial 8

    Choral Scores

    10:13

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

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    Tutorial 9

    Percussion

    9:28

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Large Scores

    12:24

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

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!"

Lin
Submitted 1 week ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Logic Pro

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JacekFortepian
Submitted 6 months ago

Real Tricks!

Very helpful! A lot of matters I've never discovered before :) Thanks!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cubase

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Perry S
Submitted 7 months ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Reaper

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SantaFeAugust
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started in music at age 5 writing songs and playing piano.

2. What training have you had?

I have a bachelors in music, but my real training has come from years of experience.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started recording in the early 80's and worked with many studios in the area.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I worked for MakeMusic inc., the creators of Finale, for 10 years as a national clinician.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Being a national clinician for Finale, I've done Finale clinics at many universities and schools including Berklee, U of North Texas, USC, BYU and other high profile music schools throughout the country. For several version of Finale I created the Quick Start Videos to teach Finale. I also wrote a book on Finale that is in its 2nd edition.

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    Finale Top Ten Tips & Tricks

    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!

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Finale Top Ten Tips & Tricks is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 4.
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