There are a couple of common approaches to indicating non-diatonic trills in music. One way is to indicate the trill-to pitch as a stemless, cue sized note in a parenthesis:
The other, which is very common in popular and commercial orchestral music as well as film and video game scores because it is very efficient for entry, is to include a flat, natural or sharp symbol above, or just to the right of the “tr” symbol.
Finale 2012 and earlier already have a set of these trills in Smart Shapes. To get to them, you can Option / Alt. click on the Custom line tool, to select the trill flat, trill natural or trill sharp line:
However, my personal preference is for the accidentals to appear slightly to the right of these defaults, and in addition, I wanted to a version of these trills with the accidentals in parenthesis:
Finally, for certain projects, I wanted a “tr½“:
Note that even though Finale 2012 supports Unicode text in many areas, inside dialogs such as the Smart Line Editor, Unicode is still not supported. So, the ½ character in the trill is not a single character, it has to be “faked” using vertical and horizontal offsets of three separate text characters.
I’d like to share these trill lines with you. You can download the Finale 2011 file here.
Choose File > Save Library… with this file open and Smart Lines selected, and save the library file with a descriptive name you’ll remember. Then chose File > Load Library… with your Finale template or score open.
If you just want one of the trill lines, here is another way to get the lines into your own Finale template using filtered copy and paste:
- Open the Trill Lines Source document.
- Select the Mass Edit tool. Choose Edit > Edit Filter.
- Uncheck everything except for Smart Shapes (Assigned to Measures). OK.
- Select the measure containing the Trill line you want. Copy it to the clipboard (CTRL-C / WIndows or CMND-C / Mac), and then paste it into your own Template document.
That’s it! I hope these are useful additions for you. Please share the trills with other Finale users if you find them useful. Thank you.