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by David Ward
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

I didn't see him making any heroic slide throws. Is the instrument still in Bb but with more triggers, or does one not use all 7 positions? I can't be sure about the Haag contrabass, which I think is the one in use here, but the Rath one is in F/C/D easily changeable to F/Eb/Bb by putting in differ...
by David Ward
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

Try this, as an example; easier than describing it ... In case there's any doubt (I don't expect there is) the contrabass comes in briefly at about 4 mins 20 secs, the rest of the 6 min clip is on bass. One physical problem with these very low contrabass notes is to avoid feeling faint when playing...
by David Ward
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

I'll add to that above: in about 1950 the first trombone I ever played was a ‘peashooter’ ie a decidedly narrow bore straight B flat instrument, and my first bass trombone not long after was that curious creature a G bass trombone. It had a rather long slide requiring a handle to reach the 6th and 7...
by David Ward
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

Puccini only ever wrote the bottom brass part for "Trombone basso." Is a contrabass trombone and a bass trombone the same thing? No, but the instrument Puccini (and Verdi in Falstaff ) wrote for was quite different from the modern bass trombone. Actually for Turandot Puccini does specify a contraba...
by David Ward
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

So, what's the difference in sound between a cimbasso and a bass trombone, and a cimbasso and a (bass) tuba? To my ear, and I'm well used to hearing both cimbasso & contrabass trombones in opera orchestras, where both are perfectly regular and normal, at least this side of the Atlantic, the differe...
by David Ward
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

I know nothing about these legacy instruments.… … … I don't think the cimbasso, at least in its modern incarnation, should be thought of as a ‘legacy instrument’. Most (maybe all) medium and large opera houses in the UK & Western Europe use the instrument regularly and it should be available to the...
by David Ward
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cimbasso
Replies: 36
Views: 454

Re: Cimbasso

The cimbasso is now well (re)established this side of the Atlantic, primarily for Italian opera. When I saw Scottish Opera's touring production of Tosca in Inverness a year ago, the fourth trombone part was played on a modern cimbasso. In its current incarnation it is a valve contrabass trombone des...
by David Ward
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Fermata on a default whole bar rest
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: Fermata on a default whole bar rest

Typing S also seems to work in Speedy.
by David Ward
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: OT question - scanning for facsimile edition
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: OT question - scanning for facsimile edition

I can't remember the resolution, I'm afraid, but it seems clear enough (the upper pic is a much enlarged, but still clear detail from the lower). This page was originally 28 stave A3, so the manuscript was definitely somewhat smaller than the detail here shown. A small number of pages were A2 in the...
by David Ward
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: OT question - scanning for facsimile edition
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: OT question - scanning for facsimile edition

FWIW a 600 page A3 pencil manuscript of mine from the year 2000 was scanned about 15 years ago and was assembled as a PDF (or rather 6 PDF files, one for each scene) and has been successfully printed to A3, B4 & A4 (a bit small that last one, but still legible). I have since been able to add various...
by David Ward
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Scaling text point size?
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Scaling text point size?

Yes, we are talking about the resulting system scaling %. In this case the print scaling is 100%. My usual printing firm prints at various percentages, but they are not available because of the quite severe Covid restrictions operating in Scotland (and probably won't be available until April or ther...
by David Ward
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Scaling text point size?
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Scaling text point size?

If one's lyric font is 18 point and one's system scaling 41%, does that mean that the effective lyric point size is 41% of 18 (7.38)? Or is it something completely different? It looks to me as though it might be a bit larger, but difficult to judge. It seems easy enough for my 79 year old eyes to re...
by David Ward
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Saving an .musx FINALE file to an MP3 file
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Saving an .musx FINALE file to an MP3 file

There was a recent post about dropout and stuttering in exported .wav files. I think Michel found it occurred in files longer than 10 minutes or so. (So exporting fails when you need it the most!) I know that I had trouble with longer files in older versions of Finale, but have not had the issue po...
by David Ward
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: portamento
Replies: 64
Views: 1448

Re: portamento

Jay Emmes wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:27 pm
… … …(also: portando or portare la voce)… … …
Portare la voce is a vocal technique that I usually notate as shown. Every singer with whom I've worked has understood that there is a suggestion, but not too much, of glissando implied.
by David Ward
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Replacing rests with notes
Replies: 22
Views: 625

Re: Replacing rests with notes

In Speedy double clicking on a rest converts it to a note at the pitch where the cursor is at the time.
by David Ward
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: portamento
Replies: 64
Views: 1448

Re: portamento

Jay Emmes wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:52 am
… … …On any other instrument the extra notation (slur, dot) would be unnecessarily confusing to me.… … …
How would you choose to notate half-tongued repetitions of the same pitch on, say, the trombone (my own instrument)?
by David Ward
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Rests in 6/8. Help!
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Rests in 6/8. Help!

There is an oddity with this (Mac only I think) which is not a bother in 6/8, but can be annoying in 9/8 and 12/8: dotted minim (half) and dotted crotchet (quarter) rests appear in the wrong order with ‘fill with rests’ in 12/8, while dotted minim appears instead of two dotted crotchets in 9/8. It's...
by David Ward
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Mac/F26: Quick Playback
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Mac/F26: Quick Playback

Bill Stevens wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:27 pm
I don't think Finale 26 and Mojave are compatible, but I don't know what parts of Finale are not supposed to work.
This is from the Finale web-site: ‘Finale v26 is considered compatible and is fully supported with macOS 10.14 Mojave.’ My experience is that it is indeed fully compatible.
by David Ward
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Staff set snafus
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Staff set snafus

FWIW I have found the JW Staff Set Panel plug-in useful for this sort of thing.
by David Ward
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: how can i do that?? chopin prelude
Replies: 18
Views: 518

Re: how can i do that?? chopin prelude

well you're discussing about chopin which is one of the greatest composers of all times i don't know if you are right , if you were , then the document shouldn't be in all the conservatories with the same notation i believe that editors can't let that happen , a score which is wrong , i think there...
by David Ward
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Setting up spacing to avoid "crowded measures"
Replies: 65
Views: 1848

Re: Setting up spacing to avoid "crowded measures"

With pencil and paper, I had to perceive all the spacing ahead of time, before proceeding. I think I spent more time "imagining" the score than I did actually penciling it in. Even with pencil, one wanted to avoid unnecessary erasing. With pen (which I never really had professional skill for), the ...
by David Ward
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Minor up-dates: F 26.2 to 26.3 & OS10.14 to 10.15?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Minor up-dates: F 26.2 to 26.3 & OS10.14 to 10.15?

I've up-dated to 26.3 now on my MacBook and will do the same soon on my desktop Mac. The expert in all things Mac from whom I routinely seek advice suggests that there's no real necessity for me to up-date to Catalina just now.
by David Ward
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Minor up-dates: F 26.2 to 26.3 & OS10.14 to 10.15?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Minor up-dates: F 26.2 to 26.3 & OS10.14 to 10.15?

I'm thinking of up-dating the OS on my MacBook from Mac OS 10.14 to 10.15 while 10.15 is still easily available, and at the same time up-dating from Finale 26.2 to 26.3. Are there any likely hazards for which I should watch? Will Finale 25.5 also still function on OS 10.15? I expect to leave my desk...
by David Ward
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale's misspelling of cue name
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Finale's misspelling of cue name

zuill wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:46 pm
Possibly user error. As you noted, this list is taken from the Score Manager.
After a bit of trial and error, definitely user error.

Ach well!
by David Ward
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale's misspelling of cue name
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Finale's misspelling of cue name

This is odd and hardly a disaster, but note Finale's automatic spelling error in the cue name (which transfers to the score/part). Piano LH is correct but it provides the name Paino RH - Oh what a pain! (as it were). Do other people experience the same misspelling? It's trivial, as I usually modify ...