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by mark carlson
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Unlocking selected systems only
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Unlocking selected systems only

I could have sworn it was possible to unlock only selected systems, but now, if I select even just one system to unlock, it unlocks all of the systems of the piece, undoing all manner of effort to get those systems just as I want them. Is there no way to just unlock selected systems? UPDATE: If I us...
by mark carlson
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: System Margin Woes
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: System Margin Woes

In the Staff Tool, there is a large space, almost an inch, above the top staff. Reduce that to zero for starters. Also, the fact that the top staff is reduced in size has some bearing on the look. Zuill Thanks! I think I got it back to what I consider normal by reducing the space above the top staf...
by mark carlson
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: System Margin Woes
Replies: 8
Views: 245

System Margin Woes

I'm editing a piece by another composer, and I started by trying to reset the page and system margins, according to the requirements of the publisher. I've tried setting the system margins for the attached piece to be .5" both on top and bottom, but it's obvious to my eye that the top system margin ...
by mark carlson
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale 26.3 released
Replies: 16
Views: 779

Re: Finale 26.3 released

Always wait a few weeks before upgrading--there's typically some major screw-up. I wish I had read your comment first! I downloaded and opened it right away, and it has abruptly quit on me twice in as many minutes. Is there some way to go back to the version I had before I did this upgrade, or am I...
by mark carlson
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Trouble with easy harmonic analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Trouble with easy harmonic analysis

Eureka! I reread the directions and discovered that in order to place something to the right of a zero-width character (figures and diminished symbols included), you type `, which advances the cursor to the right but not to the next note.

Problem solved.

Mark
by mark carlson
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Trouble with easy harmonic analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Trouble with easy harmonic analysis

Could you use the figured bass font? (Keep in mind that I know nothing about harmonic analysis or figured bass.) Looking at the manual page it looks like a lot of what you need is there. Thanks, Miker. I tried your suggestion, but alas, the very same things are happening. The figured bass numbers a...
by mark carlson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Trouble with easy harmonic analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Trouble with easy harmonic analysis

I've never entered harmonic analysis with Finale, but now because of Zoom teaching, I am doing it for the first time. I'm having two problems with things that should be but are not addressed in the online manual: 1. How to add the / to secondary chords, like "V65/V" (imagine the 6 and 5 being vertic...
by mark carlson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: How to make a vertical line with hooks
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: How to make a vertical line with hooks

Thank you, michelp!

I didn't see that I had to open a separate editing window. No wonder I was having trouble!

Mark
by mark carlson
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: How to make a vertical line with hooks
Replies: 2
Views: 337

How to make a vertical line with hooks

I want to make a bracket on the left side of a chord, in other words, a vertical line with hooks at both ends that point towards the chord. I cannot figure out how to do it. I've tried creating a smart shape and making sure that "make horizontal by default" is unchecked, but no matter how hard I try...
by mark carlson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Moving tremolo bars?
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Moving tremolo bars?

motet wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:31 am
Try unchecking "avoid accidentals on notes with stems". I think the flat on the E caused the extra gap on the right.
Thank you!

Do you guys ever sleep? :)
by mark carlson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Moving tremolo bars?
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Moving tremolo bars?

Ah, nevermind: the beam extension tool.
by mark carlson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Moving tremolo bars?
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Moving tremolo bars?

Mark, I do not understand why you could not get the tremolo beams centered. I could easily do it. See the attached document. ATSHS-1 MCxyz-Fixed.musx Thanks, Peter. Can you please explain how you did it? There was nothing I could do to get the beams to move, including expanding them, as you seem to...
by mark carlson
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Moving tremolo bars?
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Moving tremolo bars?

In m. 12 of the attached, I don't understand the placement of the quarter-note tremolo bars—closer to the left stem than the right—and I also don't understand why there seems to be no way to center them. Can anyone help me figure out how to move them to the right so that they are centered? It just l...
by mark carlson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Ties and notes in different layers

I was thinking I should keep them when they are three in one hand against two in the other, unless that had been going on already. But if you suggest doing it even in those places, like mm. 18-19 and 25-26, I'll gladly eliminate those, as well. I'm in favor of a score as uncluttered as possible. Pe...
by mark carlson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Ties and notes in different layers

Just another thought: I notice that you have triplet figures and brackets in a number of places. Now, some of us omit these repetitions, to avoid cluttering. In my opinion there's no need to reenter neither figures nor brackets once the simple and well-known pattern is established: left-hand figura...
by mark carlson
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Ties and notes in different layers

Hi Mark. I think your solution is much better than the original and quite clear. The two A's you mentioned could be made distinct within the style I mentioned with stems up and down, (the triplet could even be played by the right hand at that point), but I think that you, as the composer, just pref...
by mark carlson
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Ties and notes in different layers

Could you put the triplets on the top staff? C is kind of low for the treble clef, but still readable. Thanks, motet! I tried it, and wasn't altogether happy with how it looked. I eventually opted for adding a 3rd staff for the two systems in question. I attached it to my previous response, in case...
by mark carlson
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Ties and notes in different layers

What you have just run into is the reason that I prefer Chopin's method of indicating pedal with pedal marks rather than the actual held value in notation, which can be cumbersome. It might then look like this. (I wasn't sure if you intended a pedal retake in m. 10 so I put one in.) Chopin style pe...
by mark carlson
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and notes in different layers
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Ties and notes in different layers

In the attached file, is there a way I can get the ties in layer 2 in measures 9 & 11 not to obscure the notes happening at the same time in layer 1?

Thanks,

Mark
OS 10.15.2
Finale 26
by mark carlson
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Weird backwards ties
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Weird backwards ties

You forgot to attach your file. Make sure the notes you want to tie are in the same layer. First try deleting the backward ties and recreating them. As a last resort, the tie tool will allow you to drag them backwards, but I would try to find out what's wrong first. Thanks! I had done all of those ...
by mark carlson
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Weird backwards ties
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Weird backwards ties

Can anyone tell me why in m. 11, piano left hand, the ties are going the wrong direction—and how I can fix them? I entered them exactly as I did in measures 10 and 12, and those look exactly as I want them to. Why wouldn't they look the same?
by mark carlson
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Re: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category

It would, but again, are you sure you need a lot of different rehearsal marks? I believe auto-sequence can be made to work for you (you can start at other than A, as I said), and it's a lot easier to apply them since you can define a single metatool. I'll definitely apply that to the next piece. Th...
by mark carlson
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Re: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category

If you have a rehearsal mark already defined that has an enclosure, merely duplicate it and make any necessary edits to the definition of the duplicate mark. Zuill Thanks! That's what I did. It was easy enough to do, but it still seems odd to me that you can't just set it in advance for all Rehears...
by mark carlson
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Re: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category

Thanks, all, for your help!

It would be nice if Finale would enable setting the enclosure in advance as part of the Edit Rehearsal Marks category!
by mark carlson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category
Replies: 8
Views: 867

Setting Enclosures in Rehearsal Marks Category

Is there no way to edit the Rehearsal Marks Category so that all new rehearsal marks automatically have an enclosure around them? I can't find that option when I choose Rehearsal Marks: Edit Categories. That seems crazy, so I must be missing something. I'm having to duplicate one that I have already...