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The Finale primer : mastering the art of music notation with Finale : for Finale 2000 and above : for both Windows & Macintosh computer platforms
Purse, Bill.
Personal Author:
Second edition, updated and expanded.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Miller Freeman Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 247 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Title Subject:
Format :


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Material Type
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MT39 .P88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
MT39 .P88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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(Book). Bill Purse is the chair of the music technology and guitar departments at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. His new book, fully updated for the latest version of Finale, remains the authoritative guide for understanding and using the most powerful, state-of-the-art software that generates publisher-quality notation. Finale's wide range of capabilities yields a steep learning curve, but this book guides users through the program's powerful intricacies one step at a time. It assists with all facets of music preparation from transcribing an existing piece of music to creating an original work and helps maximize the benefits of Finale's invaluable capabilities in editing, reformatting, and reorganizing musical material. For Finale 2002 and above.

Author Notes

Bill Purse is Chair of the Music Technology and Guitar Departments at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Authorp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Getting Started: Finale Basicsp. 5
Launching Finalep. 5
Building Finale Navigational Skillsp. 8
Finale Power Tools and Shortcutsp. 9
A Look at the Main Tool Palettep. 13
Viewing the Scorep. 19
Viewing Multiple Windowsp. 24
Saving Your Workp. 26
Closing, Opening, and Quittingp. 29
Reviewp. 34
Chapter 2 The Finale Toolboxp. 35
The Staff Toolp. 36
Edit Staff Attributesp. 41
Transposing Instruments and Finalep. 46
The Add Group and Bracket Command and the Staff Toolp. 51
Programming Staff Setsp. 60
The Key Signature Toolp. 62
Metatoolsp. 63
The Time Signature Toolp. 65
The Measure Toolp. 70
The Zoom Toolp. 71
The Hand Grabber Toolp. 71
Reviewp. 72
Projectsp. 72
Chapter 3 Simple Entryp. 75
Creating a Single Staff Scorep. 75
Editing the Scorep. 78
Playing Back the Scorep. 85
Special Score Considerationsp. 88
Smart Shapesp. 95
Alternate Meter and Note Beamingp. 101
Alternate Notationp. 102
Creating an Anacrusis or Pickup Measurep. 104
Reviewp. 106
Projectsp. 107
Chapter 4 Speedy Entryp. 109
Setting Up Speedy Entryp. 109
Note Inputp. 111
Editing with the Speedy Entry Keypadp. 113
Creating Chordsp. 115
Accidentalsp. 116
Inserting Notes or Restsp. 117
Layering with Speedy Entry Inputp. 118
Selecting Display Colorsp. 120
Building a Single Staff Score with Speedy Entryp. 122
Speedy Entry Shortcutsp. 125
Barlinesp. 127
Formatting Measuresp. 128
The Repeat Toolp. 137
Reviewp. 143
Projectsp. 145
Chapter 5 Creating a Lead Sheetp. 147
Entering Lyrics into a Scorep. 148
"Type Into Score" Lyric Entryp. 149
Chord Symbols and the Chord Toolp. 157
Chord Stylesp. 166
Fretboard Diagramsp. 170
Reviewp. 171
Projectp. 171
Chapter 6 The Final Scorep. 173
Layout and Printingp. 173
Creating a Title (The Text Block Tool)p. 189
Creating Parts from a Scorep. 191
Printing Basicsp. 193
Reviewp. 195
Projectsp. 196
Chapter 7 Special Guitar Notationp. 197
Creating Guitar Tablaturep. 197
Creating Fingeringsp. 206
Creating Custom Fingerboardsp. 208
Reviewp. 218
Projectsp. 219
A Finale and Computer Terminologyp. 220
B Step-by-Step Guide for Musical Score Creationp. 225
C Creating a New Finale Default Filep. 227
D Using Special Notational Fontsp. 228
E Exporting a Finale Selection to Text or Graphics Processorsp. 229
F Swing Playbackp. 231
G Saving Scores as Standard MIDI Filesp. 232
H Windows to Mac Keyboard Shortcut Comparison Chartp. 236
I Conventional Instrument Transposition Chartp. 240
J Score Orderp. 242
Bibliography For Further Studyp. 244
Indexp. 245