The Building Successful Finale 'Chops' tutorial book is designed to be a practical, everyday guide to help students, musicians, music educators, composers and arrangers learn how to use Finale music notation software to create their own musical compositions, arrangements and teaching materials.
This text contains 21 practical, project-based tutorials with step-by-step directions from beginning to completion. Written in easy-to-understand language, this tutorial has tried and true examples that has been successfully used as the curriculum for author Mavis Kallestad's Level 1 and 2 Finale workshops.
The tutorial includes projects for setting up various instrumental and vocal scores, worksheets, flash cards and other classroom music tools, percussion notation, lead sheets, creating SmartMusic files and more. Learn how to use Finale's new streamlined features to increase your productivity.... everything from the basics, to new features and more advanced notation topics.
Included in the Finale 2014 tutorial book:
Chapter 1 - NAVIGATING THE SOFTWARE
Basic information about using the software: Opening the software, Launch Window, document styles, sound sets, Score Manager, score and page navigation, Windows vs. Mac commands, dialog boxes, contextual menus, saving, printing, tool palettes and playback controls. New! in Finale 2014: New .MUSX file format and Tool Palettes with updated look.
Chapter 2 - MIDI KEYBOARD SET-UP
Directions on how to set up a MIDI keyboard to use with Finale.
Chapter 3 - NOTE ENTRY METHODS
Basic explanation of Finale’s note entry methods:
SIMPLE ENTRY- Point & click, typewriter letters or step time with MIDI keyboard HYPERSCRIBE-Real time entry using a MIDI keyboard and metronome SPEEDY ENTRY- Step Entry with or without a MIDI keyboard MICNOTATOR-Playing in notes from a wind instrument SCANNING-Scanning a page of music, bringing it into Finale and editing IMPORTING FILES-MusicXML, Sibelius files, MIDI files, PDF files
Chapter 4 - COMMON KEYSTROKES, METATOOLS AND SHORTCUTS
Includes a summary of the most commonly used Simple Entry basic commands, basic navigational commands, Articulation, Expression, SmartShape and Selection Tool metatools. New! in Finale 2014: Beat-attached SmartShapes.
Chapter 5 - BEGINNING NOTATION (Grand Staff Tutorial)
Covers the basic Finale tools used to set up a simple grand staff score. Enter notes (Simple Entry), rests, an accent, staccato, 2-note slur, crescendo, fermata, dynamic marking, repeat sign, move measures and format your page.
Chapter 6 - INSTRUMENTAL SCORE WITH LINKED PARTS (Tutorial)
Set up an instrumental score, enter notes and rests with a MIDI keyboard (Simple Entry step time), copy music, use Metatools to enter accents, staccatos, fermatas, slurs, rehearsal letters and dynamic markings in several staves at the same time, fit measures, page layout, view and print out parts (using Finale’s linked parts).
Chapter 7 - EXERCISE SHEET (Exercise Wizard Tutorial)
In a matter of minutes, create and print a customized set of exercises for your instrumental or vocal group in any key with correct instrument transpositions. These exercises can also be practiced with SmartMusic accompaniments.
Chapter 8 - CHORAL SCORE (Tutorial)
Enter notes in the first staff, copy them to the other voice parts and use the Repitch Tool to “repitch” the notes. Type in lyrics and copy them to the other voice parts. Add dynamics, rehearsal letters and create an instant piano reduction.
Chapter 9 - FLASH CARDS (Tutorial)
Finale 2014 includes 396 ready-made classroom (8-1/2 x 11) and individual (3 to a page) flash cards that are ready to use. Learn how to edit and customize these flash cards to your area of teaching. New! in Finale 2014: Alto Clef flash cards.
Chapter 10 - MUSIC EDUCATION WORKSHEETS (Tutorial)
Finale 2014 includes 400+ ready-made educator approved theory, ear training, form & analysis and jazz improvisation worksheets that are ready to use. Learn how to edit and customize these worksheets to your area of teaching. New! in Finale 2014: Alto Clef worksheets and Fingering Work-sheets with diagrams for wind instruments, recorder, keyboard percussion.
Chapter 11 - CLASSROOM MUSIC TOOLS (Tutorial)
Learn how to use Finale’s tools for the general music classroom:
ALPHANOTES FONTS- Add notes names, solfege or smiley faces to noteheads REPERTOIRE SONGS-Notation for 200+ public domain songs for classroom use BOOMWHACKERS-Create Boomwhackers notation with colored noteheads ORFF SCORES-Uses Orff instrument playback sounds KODALY STICK NOTATION-Create scores with stick notation and no staff lines
Chapter 12 - SCAN, EDIT, ORCHESTRATE (Tutorial)
Import a scanned .TIF file into Finale. Use Finale's Explode (orchestrate) feature to split chord voicing's into separate instrument staves. Transpose to a new key, add markings, format the score/instrument parts and print.
Chapter 13 - TEMPOTAP (Tutorial)
Adding a ritardando, accelerando and other nuances to your playback.
Chapter 14 - USING FINALE TO CREATE SMARTMUSIC FILES (Tutorial)
Use Finale to create your own SmartMusic practice and assessment files to help students learn their music and to document student progress:
ASSESSMENT FILE- Single instrument/voice part on screen showing red and green notes ENSEMBLE FILE- Accompaniment that allows you to play or mute selected instruments SOLO FILE-Accompaniment for solo instrument/voice (‘Follow Me’ feature optional)
Chapter 15 - HYPERSCRIBE (REAL TIME) NOTE ENTRY (Tutorial)
Use the Hyperscribe Tool and a MIDI keyboard to play in the notes to a metronome beat. Copy notes to other staves as needed. Use the Simple Entry Tool to make minor edits. Use Metatools to add markings and dynamics. Format your score, view and print parts.
Chapter 16 - LAYERS AND CROSS STAFF BEAMING (Tutorial)
Use the Simple Entry or Hyperscribe Tool to enter multiple layers of music (Layers 1 and 2) in one staff. Enter a pickup note, triplet, phrase markings, cross staff beaming, mid-staff clef changes, dynamic markings, hide notes/rests and format your score. New! in Finale 2014: Smart accidentals and rests across layers.
Chapter 17 - PERCUSSION NOTATION (Tutorial)
Use Simple Entry to enter unpitched percussion notes that have the correct notehead look and playback sounds. Other topics include layers, copying a percussion measure multiple times, changing a percussion staff name, freezing stems, adding roll markings, articulations, dynamics and tips for faster roll playback. New! in Finale 2014: Easier editing of percussion layouts in your score.
Chapter 18 - IMPORTING / EXPORTING GRAPHICS (Tutorial)
Export a region of music or an entire page of music from Finale into a text document. Import a graphic into a Finale document.
Chapter 19 - LEAD SHEET (Tutorial)
Open a Lead Sheet Template, enter notes, type in lyrics and chords, change lyric size, add slash notation, copy chords, add repeats and rehearsal letters, create a Coda and format your score.
Chapter 20 - GUITAR MUSIC (Tutorial)
Set up a guitar score, create instant tablature, add chords, fretboards, strum markings, create/edit chord voicing's and fretboard diagrams. Learn how to copy chords, add capo chords, guitar bends, slash or rhythmic notation. View options for setting up scores for other plucked string instruments.
Chapter 21 - RECORDING, IMPORTING AND EXPORTING AUDIO (Tutorial)
Add a live vocal or instrumental performance to a Finale document. Use TempoTap to line up your recording with your notation. Import an external audio file (.mp3, .wav or .aiff) into your document. Export any Finale document as an audio file to email or use on your mobile device (.mp3) or burn to a CD (.WAV or .AIFF).
Chapter 22 - CREATING A WORKSHEET (Tutorial)
Learn how to create, customize and format your own worksheets.
Chapter 23 - IMPORTING/EXPORTING MIDI FILES (Tutorial)
Import MIDI files into Finale and transcribe them to notation. Export your Finale file as a MIDI file to open in other music software programs.
Chapter 24 - AUTO-ARRANGING PLUG-INS (Tutorial)
Learn how to use Finale’s auto-arranging plug-ins to enhance your scores:
BAND-IN-A-BOX AUTO-HARMONIZER-Harmonize a melody for up to 6 parts DRUM GROOVE- Add a single staff percussion part to your score LATIN PERCUSSION- Add Latin percussion (multiple staves) to your score
Chapter 25 - MORE LYRICS, LAYERS AND LAYOUT (Tutorial)
Convert an open score to a closed score format, hide empty staves, type or click in lyrics, move and shift lyrics, edit word extensions, respace staves and page layout using numbers.
Chapter 26 - FINALE MUSIC EDUCATION FEATURES
A summary of Finale's new features and time-saving resources available to musicians, music teachers and their students.
Chapter 27 - FINALE FILE SHARING
Share your music via other Finale family notation products (PrintMusic, SongWriter and the free NotePad). Import Sibelius files or import/export MusicXML, audio, MIDI or PDF files. Play your Finale files on iPad with the free Finale SongBook APP. Use Finale to create SmartMusic practice files and send them out as assignments to your students. Students can login to their SmartMusic account on any computer or iPad (with the SmartMusic application) to practice their assignments.
Chapter 28 - FINALE SUPPORT
A listing of Finale help resources including user manuals, reference guides, tutorials, videos, Finale website and clinics/training/workshop listings.
APPENDIX - COMPANION WEBSITE SUPPORT FILES
- Works well as a textbook for a Finale class, music technology class or workshop.
- Works well as an individual study text for Finale beginners as well as intermediate users who want to get up-to-date on Finale's new time-saving features and shortcuts.
Mavis Kallestad, Finale clinician, began teaching Finale workshops in 1996 in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. During the past fourteen years, Mavis has taught Finale hands-on workshops to over 1300 musicians, music educators and church musicians in the midwest. Over the years, she has developed many practical Finale tutorial projects with written out sequential directions to use in her workshops. These tutorials have proven to be a valuable resource for musicians and music educators who wish to learn the quickest, most direct way to use Finale music notation software.
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