This video series is part of Conquering Finale, a regular feature on Scoring Notes, with new installments released periodically.
The key to key signatures
This covers the basics of how to enter and change keys in Finale. There’s also a discussion about how Finale handles relative keys differently (major vs minor) and I discuss methods (and pitfalls) of changing keys when there is music already present.
Lesson 2: Document Options
Document Options for Key Signatures. Keyless keys and the difference between Keyless and “Hide Key Signature”. Enharmonic Spelling tables — what are they and how to use them to your advantage.
Lesson 3: Independent Key Signatures
Using different keys for different instruments. Learn how to create Independent Key Signatures for the whole piece or just for small sections.
Lesson 4: Mid-Measure Key Change
This is a Key Signature hack that will allow you to put a key change in the middle of a bar!
Lesson 5: Metatools
Metatools are available in key signatures in Finale. I’ll show you how to use them and also how to program them.
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: