Toppling tuplets in Finale


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

Toppling tuplets

Lesson 1

There’s a quick lesson on using the Tuplet Tool to actually create tuplets, but the bulk of this video deals with the basics of maneuvering the tuplets themselves to avoid other elements and to improve the look of your tuplets. Placement and flipping of tuplets is covered as well as how to manipulate the handles to adjust things like the angle of the bracket and the length of the hooks. I’ll show you how to reset your tuplets back to their default settings as well.

Lesson 2: Notated swing triplets

This is a quick how-to for creating notated swing triplet rhythms in Finale. I’ll show you how to do it in Simple Entry (at 0:39 in the video), Speedy Entry (4:20), using the Tuplet Tool (6:33) and finally the easy way using a JW Plug-in (8:15).

Lesson 3: Nested tuplets

Nested tuplets (or tuplets within tuplets) are pretty easy to accomplish in Speedy Entry (0:29), but they’re a little fussy in Simple Entry (5:55) and using the Tuplet Tool (8:19). This video will show you how to do it all three ways.

Lesson 4A: Tuplet definition, part 1

There’s an important lesson in this video about the three different places that you can modify your tuplets. There are global settings, individual settings and settings for changing multiple tuplets at once. When you understand the difference between these three Tuplet Definition windows and how they interact with each other you’ll have a good grasp of how to manipulate tuplets throughout your project. This video also covers in detail all the placement (above or below) and appearance options available for tuplets including using ratios instead of numbers and slurs instead of brackets.

Lesson 4B: Tuplet definition, part 2

This video discusses the fine-tune positioning of tuplets. There are also some other options that are available including centering the number on the duration of the tuplet versus centering it visually, setting tuplets to always be flat and bracketing the whole duration of the tuplet. I will also show you how to change the font for the tuplet number itself.

Lesson 5: Useful tuplet tips

Sometimes in Finale there’s a short/right way and a long/wrong way to do things. Check out the most efficient and correct way to do a few common things with tuplets. Hiding repeated tuplets after the first bar (0:13), setting tuplets to appear above a vocal line to avoid downstem tuplets colliding with lyrics (2:00) and moving tuplets in rhythmic notation out of the way of chords when the chords are showing between piano staves (4:37).

Even more tuplets

Lessons on entering tuplets in Simple Entry, Speedy Entry, and HyperScribe can be found in videos in those categories.

Click on the jump links below to skip right to the relevant discussions in those videos.

Entering tuplets in Simple Entry using the following configurations:

Entering tuplets in Speedy Entry:

Entering tuplets in HyperScribe:

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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