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Finale 2010 Tutorial


Finale is a state-of-the-art notation software program that allows users to print publishable quality scores and parts of their compositions and arrangements. It includes a powerful set of tools to help with most stages of composition and arranging including high-quality audio realizations of your work using the included sound libraries, as well as your VST/AU instruments and effects. This in-depth course by experienced composer Brandon Vaccaro begins with basic foundation including music entry, page layout, printing and then moved on to cover more advanced concepts such as working with MIDI and audio. Along the way, students will complete a number of projects to learn the process of preparing a chamber score, a vocal music score, and even a score for a larger ensemble. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction

About this Course
New Features in Finale 2010
Overview of Finale
Mac vs. PC
Program Options
Your Workspace & Your Health

Documents in Finale

The Launch Window
Creating a New Document
Working with Scores & Parts
Document Options for Music Notation
Document Options for Printing
File Info
View Settings

Entering Music

Overview of Entering Music
Simple Note Entry pt. 1
Simple Note Entry pt. 2
Speedy Note Entry with MIDI pt. 1
Speedy Note Entry with MIDI pt. 2
Speedy Note Entry without MIDI
The Expression Tool in Finale 2009 & Later pt. 1
The Expression Tool in Finale 2009 & Later pt. 2
Expressions in Earlier Versions pt. 1
Expressions in Earlier Versions pt. 2
The Articulation Tool
Smart Shape Tools

Page Setup & Printing

Page Layout pt. 1
Page Layout pt. 2
Printing a Score
Printing Parts
Printing to PDF

MIDI & Audio

Playback Features & Overview
MIDI & VST Playback
Playback Modes in Finale 2010
Instrument Setup
Working with Transpositions
Using Expressions with Playback
Using Articulations with Playback
Human Playback
Percussion in Finale 2010 pt. 1
Percussion in Finale 2010 pt. 2
Percussion in Earlier Versions
Audio Tracks

A Basic Project Step by Step

Project Overview
Document Setup
Entering the Music pt. 1
Entering the Music pt. 2
Entering the Music pt. 3
Proofreading & Finishing Touches pt. 1
Proofreading & Finishing Touches pt. 2
Proofreading & Finishing Touches pt. 3
Printing Our Document
Creating an Audio File

Finale in More Detail

Edit Menu
Utilities Menu pt. 1
Utilities Menu pt. 2
View Menu
Document Menu pt. 1
Document Menu pt. 2
MIDI/Audio Menu
Plug-ins Menu pt. 1
Plug-ins Menu pt. 2
Tools Menu
Windows Menu
Help Menu
The Selection Tool
The Staff Tool
The Key Signature Tool
The Time Signature Tool
The Clef Tool
The Measure Tool
Hyperscribe Tool
The Tuplet Tool
The Smart Shape Tool pt. 1
The Smart Shape Tool pt. 2
The Repeat Tool
The Chord Tool
The Lyric Tool pt. 1
The Lyric Tool pt. 2
The Text Tool pt. 1
The Text Tool pt. 2
The Resize Tool
The Page Layout Tool

Intermediate Skills

Editing Music in Finale
Layers
Staff Styles
Creating Cues in Finale
Measure Numbers

An Intermediate Project Step by Step

Project Overview
Document Setup
Entering Music pt. 1
Entering Music pt. 2
Entering Music pt. 3
Entering Music pt. 4
Entering Lyrics
Proofreading & Finishing Touches
Preparing Parts
Preparing a Choir Part
Project 2 Wrap Up

Advanced Skills & Applications

Libraries
Scripting Tasks
Alternate Fonts
Proportional Notation
Box Notation
Oversized Time Signatures
Some Useful Plug-ins
Some Plug-ins for Orchestra Scores
Some Plug-ins for Jazz Scores
Working with Graphics
TG Tools

An Orchestral Score Step by Step

Project Overview
Document Set Up pt. 1
Document Set Up pt. 2
Document Set Up pt. 3
Entering the Music pt. 1
Entering the Music pt. 2
Entering the Music pt. 3
Setting up Playback
Page Layout for the Score pt. 1
Proofreading & Finishing Touches
Page Layout for the Score pt. 2
Page Layout for the Score pt. 3
Score Layout with TG Tools
Working with Parts
Printing the Document

Wrap Up

Review of Course Material
Additional References

Credits

About the Author


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