Basic information about using the software: Opening the software, Launch Window, document styles, sound sets, Score Manager, score and page navigation, Windows vs. Mac commands, dialog boxes, contextual menus, saving, printing, tool palettes and playback controls. New! in Finale 2014: New .MUSX file format and Tool Palettes with updated look.
Directions on how to set up a MIDI keyboard to use with Finale.
Basic explanation of Finale’s note entry methods:
Includes a summary of the most commonly used Simple Entry basic commands, basic navigational commands, Articulation, Expression, SmartShape and Selection Tool metatools. New! in Finale 2014: Beat-attached SmartShapes.
Covers the basic Finale tools used to set up a simple grand staff score. Enter notes (Simple Entry), rests, an accent, staccato, 2-note slur, crescendo, fermata, dynamic marking, repeat sign, move measures and format your page.
Set up an instrumental score, enter notes and rests with a MIDI keyboard (Simple Entry step time), copy music, use Metatools to enter accents, staccatos, fermatas, slurs, rehearsal letters and dynamic markings in several staves at the same time, fit measures, page layout, view and print out parts (using Finale’s linked parts).
In a matter of minutes, create and print a customized set of exercises for your instrumental or vocal group in any key with correct instrument transpositions. These exercises can also be practiced with SmartMusic accompaniments.
Enter notes in the first staff, copy them to the other voice parts and use the Repitch Tool to “repitch” the notes. Type in lyrics and copy them to the other voice parts. Add dynamics, rehearsal letters and create an instant piano reduction.
Finale 2012 and 2014 include 396 ready-made classroom (8-1/2 x 11) and individual (3 to a page) flash cards that are ready to use. Learn how to edit and customize these flash cards to your area of teaching. New! in Finale 2014: Alto Clef flash cards.
Finale 2012 and 2014 include 400+ ready-made educator approved theory, ear training, form & analysis and jazz improvisation worksheets that are ready to use. Learn how to edit and customize these worksheets to your area of teaching. New! in Finale 2014: Alto Clef worksheets and Fingering Work-sheets with diagrams for wind instruments, recorder, keyboard percussion.
Learn how to use Finale’s tools for the general music classroom:
Import a scanned .TIF file into Finale. Use Finale's Explode (orchestrate) feature to split chord voicings into separate instrument staves. Transpose to a new key, add markings, format the score/instrument parts and print.
Adding a ritardando, accelerando and other nuances to your playback.
Use Finale to create your own SmartMusic practice and assessment files to help students learn their music and to document student progress:
Use the Hyperscribe Tool and a MIDI keyboard to play in the notes to a metronome beat. Copy notes to other staves as needed. Use the Simple Entry Tool to make minor edits. Use Metatools to add markings and dynamics. Format your score, view and print parts.
Use the Simple Entry or Hyperscribe Tool to enter multiple layers of music (Layers 1 and 2) in one staff. Enter a pickup note, triplet, phrase markings, cross staff beaming, mid-staff clef changes, dynamic markings, hide notes/rests and format your score. New! in Finale 2014: Smart accidentals and rests across layers.
Use Simple Entry to enter unpitched percussion notes that have the correct notehead look and playback sounds. Other topics include layers, copying a percussion measure multiple times, changing a percussion staff name, freezing stems, adding roll markings, articulations, dynamics and tips for faster roll playback. New! in Finale 2014: Easier editing of percussion layouts in your score.
Export a region of music or an entire page of music from Finale into a text document. Import a graphic into a Finale document.
Open a Lead Sheet Template, enter notes, type in lyrics and chords, change lyric size, add slash notation, copy chords, add repeats and rehearsal letters, create a Coda and format your score.
Set up a guitar score, create instant tablature, add chords, fretboards, strum markings, create/edit chord voicings and fretboard diagrams. Learn how to copy chords, add capo chords, guitar bends, slash or rhythmic notation. View options for setting up scores for other plucked string instruments.
Add a live vocal or instrumental performance to a Finale document. Use TempoTap to line up your recording with your notation. Import an external audio file (.mp3, .wav or .aiff) into your document. Export any Finale document as an audio file to email or use on your mobile device (.mp3) or burn to a CD (.WAV or .AIFF).
Learn how to create, customize and format your own worksheets.
Import MIDI files into Finale and transcribe them to notation. Export your Finale file as a MIDI file to open in other music software programs.
Learn how to use Finale’s auto-arranging plug-ins to enhance your scores:
Convert an open score to a closed score format, hide empty staves, type or click in lyrics, move and shift lyrics, edit word extensions, respace staves and page layout using numbers.
A summary of Finale's new features and time-saving resources available to musicians, music teachers and their students.
Share your music via other Finale family notation products (PrintMusic, SongWriter and the free NotePad). Import Sibelius files or import/export MusicXML, audio, MIDI or PDF files. Play your Finale files on iPad with the free Finale SongBook APP. Use Finale to create SmartMusic practice files and send them out as assignments to your students. Students can login to their SmartMusic account on any computer or iPad (with the SmartMusic application) to practice their assignments.
A listing of Finale help resources including user manuals, reference guides, tutorials, videos, Finale website and clinics/training/workshop listings.