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Finale Your Final Choice?
are so many different types of music writing software
available, both in the form of purchasing software and freeware.
Two of the more popular and comprehensive programs are Finale, and
Sibelius. Of the two, I have been using Finale for many years.
those Sibelius fans out there, the reason I chose Finale over Sibelius
was simple. I saw it first when I went to the store. It’s
that plain and simple. I’m not anti-Sibelius. As
a matter of fact, I think the software and the composer are both
terrific… so there!
This article is not an endorsement or a “how
to” guide with respect to using Finale. It’s merely
a brief description of a couple of the features of the typesetting
program that I am most familiar with. Before that, however, we should
discuss briefly why typesetting software is important to composers
in the first place.
of my compositions have been written by hand. There’s something
romantic about writing
music in a similar setting of composers of the past. A pencil,
manuscript paper and a piano (or other instruments) are indispensable
components to me. However, after a composition has been committed
to paper and pencil, your main objective as a composer is now a
performance and/or publisher.
this century, much of the burden, with respect to performances and
publishing lies with the composer himself. Now, if any composer’s
handwriting is as poor as mine, hand written manuscripts are far
less likely to be performed and published. I realize that
presentation often has very little to do with true quality, but
practically speaking, a second party has to be able to easily read
the manuscript. If they are unable to do so, then your presentation
might not get a second chance.
offers a whole lot of features and tools. Two of the most popular
tools are Speedy Entry Tool and Transcription Tool.
The Speedy Entry Tool enters music one note or chord at
a time, while the Transcription Tool translates what you
play on a midi keyboard into music instantly.
the two, I have been using the Speedy Entry Tool with great
success for many years. Basically, you press a note on a midi keyboard
and hold it down while depressing a number on your computer keyboard.
The numbers 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 transforms your depressed midi note
onto a whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth and thirty-second
notes that you produce are notated on a default staff that appears
when the Finale program is opened. Just remember to select the Speedy
Entry Tool icon and default staff by clicking
on both. After that, you can proceed with the process of producing
notes with the Speedy Entry Tool.
I have tried the dozens of features in this program, I have really
only used the Speedy Entry Tool consistently. This raises
the question: Why purchase such a complex program for only a couple
of features? This is a valid question. Here’s my answer. Although
I do not need the other features consistently, I do use them. As
of e-books, articles and music compositions, I have used lots
of complex features for transferring files and creating special
effects in my music scores. I may not use unusual features often,
but it is a comfort and a necessity to have them available to me.
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