I was recently asked to rebar an extended section of a score containing various time signatures 4/4, 2/4, 3/4 into 3/2 time. Fortunately, what could have been a hugely labor intensive and messy operation became a whole lot easier in Finale, thanks to Jari Williamsson’s “JW Meter and Rhythm” plugin. This plugin consolidates quite a number of useful operations related to meter and rhythm into one suite.
If you are a longtime Finale user, chances are you know who Jari Williamsson is. Jari has maintained the Finaletips.nu site for a number of years and is a prolific Finale plugin author.
One of Jari’s latest offerings is an amazing multi-purpose music notation plug-in for tasks related to exploding music, merging music, working with layers, chord voicings and more called JW Staff Polyphony.
Q: I spent far too long today trying to install a Sibelius plug-in after I downloaded it. I followed the Sibelius site instructions, but it still didn’t work. I’m using Sibelius 6 on Windows 7. Can you help?
A: In addition to the plugins that ship with Sibelius, there are now more than 400 additional plug-ins available for download from the Sibelius web site. A number of these plugins very likely could become indispensable to you, once you’ve tried them out.
If you are a composer or arranger working in Finale 2010 or later, you’ll want to download Jari Williamsson’s new plugin called JW Meter & Rhythm:
The plugin is packed with features related to metric changes, organized into 4 different master categories:
Back in 2011, I posted Making Efficient Use of Linked Parts In Finale which outlined a few of the advantages of using Linked Parts in Finale vs. the “old school” method of individual part extraction, or pasting parts into a separate template file.
Recently, a conversation with an industry colleague made me realize that even 6 years after the introduction of Linked Parts in Finale, some of the very best veteran professional music copyists working in LA and elsewhere still are not taking advantage of Finale’s Managed Parts feature.
This tutorial was updated 9/26/12.
Question: A client wants the page numbering to read, page 2 of 7, page 3 of 7, etc., for pdf downloads of some piano pieces (regular numbering for print versions). These would be in the upper outside corners where standard page numbers would appear. If you can tell me whether this can be done and how, I would greatly appreciate it.
Depending on whether you are using Finale or Sibelius, you’ll be using text “Inserts” or “Wildcards: to facilitate this. Here’s how: