Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Finale-Piano Fingering

One of the great strengths of Finale is found in its flexibility. You can put any mark anywhere you want in the score. Although the names of the tools tell you their intended use, there are other creative ways of using them to get the results you want. Let's considering piano fingering in finale.


We want to put little numbers above the notes-- but how? Furthermore, how could we do this quickly? One way is to use the Lyrics tool, above the "backward repeat sign" in the tools window. Suppose we have a simple piano exercise:


The lyrics tool lets us put text underneath the notes. When selecting lyrics tools, notice the 4 triangles that appear on the left:


By clicking & sliding the left-most triangle, we can vertically position this text so it appears above the notes. Now, we can simply type "1 space 2 space 3 space 1 ", and so on, for the fingering.


If you want to get rid of the red extension line at the end, you can go to the Finale menu, Preferences, and Document Options. Select "Lyrics" on the left, and click on the "Word Extensions..." button. By un-checking "Use Smart Word Extension," we can remove the automatic red line that appears when there are more notes than lyrics (or in this case, more notes than "numbers"). Make sure to click "Apply" after changing this setting.

1 comments:

  1. As a music enthusiast, I would prefer to Learn Piano than just listening to it. It would be nice if you know how to play it. Its easy because of the software today helps us to learn more easy. Thanks for the innovation on learning piano.

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