The Finale Projects - Second Edition

The New Approach to Learning Finale

Tom M. Carruth

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The Finale Projects is simply the best hands-on, how-to resource available for teaching and learning the Finale program. Mr. Carruth leads the user through a series of projects that complement each other and offer a solid foundation into the world of Finale. I’ve gone through the text a least four times and picked up several new tricks with each perusal. Whether you are considering it for yourself or for use in a class, I highly recommend this text!

— Dr. David Taylor
     Brigham Young University-Idaho

Imagine getting private lessons from the world’s leading Finale expert. Author Tom Carruth is a product specialist for MakeMusic, the maker of Finale music notation software. He’s been using Finale and training others for years. In The Finale Projects, Carruth draws from his vast experience to lay down the principles of a simple, effective workflow in straightforward, step-by-step fashion designed to get to the point as quickly and easily as possible.

A better approach to using Finale. Powerful software can be daunting to learn. But The Finale Projects simplifies the learning process by introducing a unique and intuitive approach to mastering the program. Easy steps in simple language are paired with over 600 illustrations and graphics to make the start-up process quick and efficient.

Convenient, detailed video demonstrations included. The enclosed CD-ROM is as straightforward as the text. The ability to watch, stop, do, and repeat brings printed tutorials to life.

Three versions of Finale. This book is perfect for users of Finale 2009, 2010, 2011 and beyond!

Mac and PC compatible. Explains keystrokes, menu items, and dialog boxes for both platforms.

Comprehensive and complete. From inputting notes to producing tests and worksheets, from scanning existing scores to producing demonstration recordings, Tom Carruth covers every major skill, including (partial list):

  • Score setup
  • Note input
  • MIDI input
  • Grace notes
  • Tuplets
  • Articulations
  • Expressions
  • Slurs
  • Hairpins
  • Pickup measures
  • Quantization
  • Repeats
  • Cross-staff notation
  • Rehearsal marks
  • Lyrics
  • Layout
  • Rehearsal CDs
  • Audio files
  • Lead sheets
  • Tablature
  • Chords
  • Fretboards
  • Tremolos
  • Slash notation
  • Percussion
  • Cue notes
  • Part extraction
  • Graphics
  • Beaming
  • Split measures
  • Codas
  • Tests
  • Worksheets
  • Colored noteheads
  • Key signatures
  • Transposing
  • Meters
  • Scanning
  • Assessible files
  • MusicXML

Files to supplement The Finale Projects First Edition CD-ROM

Download this Addendum for Finale 2012. This 3-page PDF file covers all you need to know to take maximum advantage of the new features of Finale 2012 and Finale 2010 and Finale 2009. Written in the same easy-to-follow style as The Finale Projects, this addendum simplifies the Chapter 7 section on Instrument Doubling, and provides information on the control for colored noteheads, which has been moved to the new Staff Manager.

Download this Addendum for Finale 2009. This 13-page PDF file covers all you need to know to take maximum advantage of the new features of Finale 2009.

Download the Updated Reference for Finale 2012 through Version 26.

Categories: Composition, Skill Building

Style: Other

Number of Pages: 328

Language: English

Format: Spiral