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Finale Tips

I will be moving all of my finale tips to this page. Please note all examples are done using Finale 2011. For examples of how to do some of these things in the 'other' program, Philip Rothman of NYC Music Services has kindly translated them. Here they are. Scores Large Time Signatures 1. Document Options> Fonts>Notation: Time (Score) = EngraverTime 40 Plain 2. Document Options> Time Signatures. Set top symbol to 0, Bottom to -290 (EVPUs) 3. Plugins>Scoring and Arranging>Global Staff Attributes. Turn off Time…
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How to Score

Scores should look good and be easy to read. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been sent scores by students or hopeful orchestrators using terrible layouts. The notation program's default layout settings are no excuse. Session scores are different to concert scores for several reasons. While concert scores have been typeset for centuries, session scores were done by hand until about fifteen years ago and a lot of the 'look' is still based on how things were done in that style.…
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