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by John Ruggero
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: The ties are off...
Replies: 19
Views: 2052

Re: The ties are off...

I have noticed similar beginning and ending tie position issues in Finale 25.5, and I am on Mac OS 10.12.6 and have my tie settings at the defaults. Since it is not constant but situational, changing the settings might improve a few bad ones, but throw off the ones that are well-positioned. I would ...
by John Ruggero
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Don't beam when tied
Replies: 9
Views: 1204

Re: Don't beam when tied

Davidabb wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:05 pm
I'll suggest to Finale for the next update.
:D
by John Ruggero
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap

Thanks, HaraldS. There it is, as plain as day in the documentation. And the "add again" capability sounds intriguing as well. Could be time to read through the documentation for some other tips I've missed along the way!
by John Ruggero
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double click

You're right, motet, "clicking" is confusing. I had wondered about the word choice. I went back and edited it with the "double-tapping."

But did you know this trick? I could find nothing about it in the documentation.
by John Ruggero
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap

This is probably known to everyone in the Finale world but me, but just in case there is another user out there who doesn't know this trick: if one selects a articulation or expression handle, one can replace the marking in place by double-tapping the appropriate metatool. For example, say one has i...
by John Ruggero
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Question about Pedal number
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Question about Pedal number

It is generally assumed to be an abbreviation for "use the two pedals" in French, that is, the sustaining and soft pedals, since the sostenuto pedal was not yet available. Its something like Schumann's simple Ped. indication at the beginning of a piece to mean that the sustaining pedal was to be emp...
by John Ruggero
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Behind Bars for guitar notation?
Replies: 7
Views: 3288

Re: Behind Bars for guitar notation?

You might post this at
Notat.io
by John Ruggero
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: 8va dashed line
Replies: 7
Views: 1054

Re: 8va dashed line

Hi Hector. There is a thread on this topic at

http://notat.io/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=522
by John Ruggero
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Piano music bar numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Piano music bar numbers

I agree with motet and David Ward. All scholarly and urtext editions of piano music (and everything else) now have them, and it is nothing but helpful. As suggested, they can be placed inconspicuously above the beginning of the upper staff. They don't even have to be that small. One used to see them...
by John Ruggero
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Accidentals carrying through the measure
Replies: 20
Views: 2357

Re: Accidentals carrying through the measure

I've also run into this with otherwise knowledgable musicians, who will argue that an accidental affects all octaves until one points out the opposite in a book on standard notational practice. The reason is probably that in real life either the accidentals are all present or there are precautionary...
by John Ruggero
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cross-beam angle
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

Re: Cross-beam angle

It's a pretty standard way to show a slow unmeasured rolled chord in harp and keyboard music. So the 7 is not necessary. The small notes might be a little smaller and take up less of the measure, though.

The following recent thread deals with this topic:

http://notat.io/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=527
by John Ruggero
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: When one in four isn't good enough
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

Re: When one in four isn't good enough

Thanks, David. Don't think I'd like that setting.
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Piano solo or solo piano
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: Piano solo or solo piano

I also use "for piano". In the educational field they sometimes say "Intermediate Piano Solo". I think "pianoforte" went out around 1900.
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: When one in four isn't good enough
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

Re: When one in four isn't good enough

Anchor Indicator Lines When Dragging is a new one on me, David. Can't imagine what it does but will investigate.

Anyway, I am glad that you can now make access this capability in Page View. I find it invaluable.
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: When one in four isn't good enough
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

Re: When one in four isn't good enough

I don't think I have any special settings for smart shapes that would affect this. The only way I found that it did not work is if I carry the end point of the hairpin down outside the margin. I can even draw the hairpin any length on the first line, release the mouse button and then select the red ...
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: When one in four isn't good enough
Replies: 18
Views: 1983

Re: When one in four isn't good enough

I can confirm that on a Mac hairpins do not seems able to be drawn over system breaks in page view. David, I work entirely in page view and constantly draw hairpins (and various other smart shapes) over system breaks. But it is generally piano music. Hold down the mouse button to the end of the fir...
by John Ruggero
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Courtesy clef
Replies: 17
Views: 1884

Re: Courtesy clef

E. Gould (p. 235) agrees with Zuill. Treble clef after the repeat sign.
by John Ruggero
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Whole measure accidental in Speedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Re: Whole measure accidental in Speedy

motet wrote:I'm curious why someone would need this except very occasionally.
I use it all the time because I rely on scanning for note input, since I am only editing in Finale right now. Accidentals are sometimes omitted in the scanning process.
by John Ruggero
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Whole measure accidental in Speedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Re: Whole measure accidental in Speedy

P.S.: if you don't want to recreate your preferences, you could try to create 2 menu shortcuts using the System Preferences of the Mac or Keyboard Maestro. Thanks, michelp. That had occurred to me, since I use KM extensively. I had also researched correcting or modifying the Speedy keyboard shortcu...
by John Ruggero
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Whole measure accidental in Speedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Re: Whole measure accidental in Speedy

I am on a Mac. I have always used the numeric keypad to apply accidentals from that point on to the end of the measure in Speedy. It has always been Option - or Option +. As I mentioned, it works like that in earlier versions of Finale that I have and it worked like that in my copy of Finale 25.5 un...
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: natural sign above staff
Replies: 23
Views: 2821

Re: natural sign above staff

Nice point Anders. As you know, the Schenkerian view is that the two tones that lead most naturally to the tonic for endings are the "upper leading tone" (supertonic) and the "lower leading tone" (leading tone). They fortunately form a consonance so that two people can sing them together to produce ...
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Whole measure accidental in Speedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Re: Whole measure accidental in Speedy

Thanks, Motet. i should have said that this has been a problem for a week or so. So rebooting wouldn't appear to be a solution. Being faint of heart and having so many preferences to restore, I think I'll take a rain check on the other suggestion. Anyone else have a idea? If not, I'll just totter on...
by John Ruggero
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Whole measure accidental in Speedy
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Whole measure accidental in Speedy

Suddenly the key command Option-accidental has stopped working in Speedy in Finale 25.5 only. Nothing happens when I try to use it. It does work from the Speedy menu. I've tested it in a Finale Default File so it doesn't seem to be a corrupted file. Single note accidentals are working normally. The ...
by John Ruggero
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Creating multi-jointed slurs
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: Creating multi-jointed slurs

I agree with N in that it is the rest of your spacing that is forcing the slur into a non-standard shape. In well-engraved music the slurs maintain simple gentle arcs unless there is a really pressing reason not to, as in the famous Ravel example above. This having been said, the post again illustra...
by John Ruggero
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Need to redefine slur shape
Replies: 4
Views: 1150

Re: Need to redefine slur shape

The Finale default settings would be in the Finale default file, assuming that you haven't modified it. These are my personal settings: Smart Shapes>Slur Contour>Short Span>Height: .7 spaces, Inset 30% Smart Shapes>Slur Contour>Medium Span> Height: 1.7 spaces, Inset 25% Smart Shapes>Slur Contour>Lon...