Controlling Staff Visibility of Tacet Bars in Finale

Q: I have been trying to figure out how, or if it’s possible to add a staff (for an instrumental solo, etc.) later within a score, as opposed to having that staff appear at the beginning of a piece. I can’t find a thing regarding this issue in the Finale tutorials or other help options. If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!

A: Good question. A common convention for score layout is to show all staves for all performers on the first score page. This establishes the instrumentation, and also provides a head’s up to the conductor about custom instrument ordering etc.

After the first page of music, in published music, a convention is to show only staves of the musicians who are actually playing, with tacet staves being hidden. It’s worth noting that for commercial scores such as film or video game recordings, pops concerts, etc, any resting staves continue to be shown. This helps the conductor stay oriented, as rehearsal time is typically very limited.

However, there are situations where there is no need to show every staff on the first page of score, and in fact, it would serve no purpose to show these staves until the performer is playing. For instance, the strings are notated on single staves at the top of the piece, but at some later point, break out into additional staves of divisi. Another example is where one player within the section is given a solo passage which is written into the regular ensemble part.

Finale allows you to control staff visibility globally or on a per system basis, so whether you are showing the first staff and then hiding resting staves or hiding an instrument until its entrance, the following technique will work.

Let’s take a look at how we might show a short solo string passage in an ensemble score.

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Finale 2014.5 : TG Tools – Align/Move Dynamics : Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

If you have been using Finale 2014.5 for Mac, you may be experiencing an issue with the TG Tools LE plug-in “Align/Move Dynamics” with the keyboard shortcuts for this plug-in not working.

This has been resolved in an updated version of the plug-in bundle which is available in the MakeMusic website.

  1. Close any open programs (including Finale)
  2. Download and then Double-click the ‘Finale_Plugins_TGToolsLE_Mac_2_artifacts.zip’ file to extract its contents. A file called ‘TGToolsLE.bundle’ should appear on your Desktop
  3. Click Go > Go To Folder… from the Finder menu.
  4. Type in the following directory path…/Library/Application Support/MakeMusic/Finale 2014.5/Plug-ins/
  5. Click Go, then open the TG Tools plug-in subfolder.
  6. Move the existing ‘TGToolsLE.bundle’ file to the Trash
  7. Click and drag the new ‘TGToolsLE.bundle’ from your Desktop into this folder
  8. Launch Finale 2014.5 again.

At this point your keyboard shortcuts for Align / Move should be restored on Mac. If you are still having issues, contact MakeMusic Customer Support.

Custom Articulations

Q: I am studying the commercial template you created for Cinesamples and was wondering how you created those new tuplets in the Articulation part in the Engraving Rules in the Sibelius version of the template?

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A: Sibelius has three user definable slots in the Articulations section of Edit Symbols (first two shown):

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These correspond to the Custom Articulations 1, 2 and 3 in the fourth keypad in Sibelius, and show up in Engraving Rules > Articulations once defined.

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MakeMusic releases Finale 2014.5

11/17/15 : Today,  following numerous teasers on the @finaleofficial twitter feed in the last few days, MakeMusic has released an incremental, but significant update to Finale 2014 they have dubbed “2014.5”.  Although this is a maintenance update to Finale 2014, the installer leaves your original Finale 2014 application in place, allowing you to have both Finale 2014 and Finale 2014.5 installed at the same time. (You’ll have to redo your Finale workspace preferences and install any 3rd party plugins for this version, but in my opinion, well worth the few minutes this will take.)

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Finale Concert Scores @ Written Pitch : Using Nonstandard Key Signatures

This post builds on concepts presented in these previous tutorials:

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