Simplifying Simple Entry in Finale


This video series is part of Conquering Finale, a regular feature on Scoring Notes, with new installments released periodically.

Introduction to note entry

Before we get into the details of note entry, I will offer advice and wax philosophical about the three different ways to enter notes and rests in Finale: Simple Entry, Speedy Entry and Hyperscribe.

To help with Simple and Speedy Entry please download the Finale Quick Reference Card for Mac or Windows which will provide a full list of keystrokes for those tools.


Simplifying Simple Entry

Lesson 1: Simplifying Simple Entry

In this series of videos I’ll show you how to enter notes, rests, dots, ties, accidentals, grace notes and tuplets with a series of configurations for either an extended keyboard with a number pad or a laptop using the mouse or trackpad, the computer keyboard or a MIDI keyboard. There’s a lot of overlap in these videos so jump to the one or two videos that match your particular needs.

Lesson 1A: Note Entry with Mouse/Number Pad Configuration

Lesson 1B: Note Entry with Mouse/Laptop Configuration

Lesson 1C: Note Entry with Keyboard/Number Pad Configuration

Lesson 1D: Note Entry with Keyboard/Laptop Configuration

Lesson 1E: Note Entry with MIDI/Number Pad Configuration

Lesson 1F: Note Entry with MIDI/Laptop Configuration

Lesson 2: Layers

There are four “Layers” available in Finale’s Simple Entry. Learn how to navigate between them and how to use them and generally how they function.

Lesson 3: Beyond notes

Articulations, expressions, clefs, time signatures and key signatures can all be entered directly within Simple Entry! No need to launch another tool for these elements. If you know how this all works you can save yourself a lot of time by not switching between tools.

Lesson 4: Modifying and changing entries

This video will show you how to select and navigate everything using Simple Entry so you can change pitches, change rhythms and also deal with enharmonics, hide or show accidentals and courtesy accidentals, hide notes and rests, flip beams, stems and ties and break/join beams and produce flat beams.

Lesson 5: Advanced

This video explores some of the advanced options available at your disposal in Simple Entry. Slashed versus unlashed grace notes, the difference between frozen and “automatic” (what I call “floating”) ties, stems and beams as well as the rest of the options available in the Simple Entry menu including customizing your own keyboard shortcuts.

Lesson 6: Percussion

Entering percussion notes in Simple Entry is very similar to entering notes anywhere else. The biggest difference is knowing how to navigate between the different sounds that are available on any given staff. I’ll show you some tips and tricks for getting to the right sounds using a mouse, a computer keyboard, and a MIDI keyboard.

Listen to the podcast episode

On the Scoring Notes podcast, David MacDonald and Philip Rothman talk with Jason Loffredo about preparing music for the world of musical theatre and his Conquering Finale video tutorial series, which can help you better master that sophisticated software, whether you’re a new or long-time user. Listen now:

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Conquering Finale with Jason Loffredo


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