In vocal music, single syllables of text which span several different notes in succession are shown with horizontal lines, called Word Extensions, or Lyric Extensions. The technical name for these vocal phrases is “melisma” or the plural, “melismata”:
Finale has a great productivity feature which automates the drawing of these lyric extensions called Smart Word Extensions.
However, by default in Finale, Smart Word Extensions break whenever there is a double bar line. If you have a syllable that is tied over the bar line, say in the case where there is a pickup into a verse, you wind up with the word extension incorrectly truncated, as in this example:
Fortunately, there is a simple toggle to make Smart Word Extensions a bit smarter in Finale:
Select the Measure Attributes tool. Now, double-click in the bar preceding the double bar to open the Measure Attributes dialog. Locate the Behavior section at the right side of the dialog, and uncheck “Break Smart Word Extensions”:
The result is that the Smart Word Extension now behaves just as it should at the double bar line:
I hope this tip is helpful to you.
From a UI standpoint, I would personally prefer that MakeMusic uncheck this option by default. I can think of cases where you might want to break the word extension at a bar line – a Coda for instance, but by far the most common case is like the example above.