Q: I’m creating very simple exercise sheets in Finale; scales and so forth. But I don’t know how to end one scale and go to the next key as a new song, meaning, brand new time signature and key signature. I can add the new key signature. But this leaves a key signature change reminder at the end of previous line that I would like to erase.
I would also like to add a time signature at the start of each exercise. But I can’t add it unless it’s a different time signature. None of the Finale Worksheet templates have exactly what I need. I would like to use the regular piano template and manipulate it. Is that possible?
A: In Finale, it is very simple and fast to format exercise sheets, etudes and multiple movements of the same piece correctly. Let’s take a look…
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There is a quick way to change the page size of all of your parts in one edit operation within Finale. Here’s how:
more >> “Finale : Change the page size of all of your parts in one edit”
This post explores a couple of ways to redistribute your music notation on the page for better balance and readability. Regardless of the notation program use, hopefully these tips will help you improve the presentation of your music, and help your musicians in the process.
more >> “Balancing Part Layouts for Better Readability”
3/16/17 A number of long-awaited plugins from Jari Williamsson are now available in 64 bit versions for Finale 25 on Mac:
more >> “JW Plugins for Finale 25 Mac (and Windows) Released”
Q: I recently upgraded to Finale 25 and I cannot get the Garrison sounds reverb to work. When I go to the Audio Units Banks and Effects window it tells me that Garritan Ambience is missing! Do you perhaps have any idea how I might resolve this?
more >> “Using Aria Ambience & Convolution Reverb in Finale 25”
In graphic design, a drop shadow is a visual effect consisting of a drawing element which looks like the shadow of an object, giving the impression that the object is raised above the objects behind it.
The “Reprise Rehearsal” font for Sibelius automatically provides this effect with a handwritten look:
“Finale Copyist Text”, “Broadway Copyist Text” and “Jazz Text” are handwritten look fonts from MakeMusic that provide a way to bracket text, although this is not technically “drop shadow”. See this related article.
more >> “Create Drop Shadow Enclosures for Rehearsal Marks in Finale”