Hello and welcome to Conquering Finale! My name is Jason Loffredo and I will be your host and tutor as you learn ALL there is to know about Finale.
I have over 25 years worth of experience with Finale and as a copyist have worked on everything from Hollywood movies to Broadway shows to published classical music and everything in between, mostly with Finale. This entire series of tutorial videos will be a constant and likely long work in progress, so please be patient as I continue to add categories and videos. I hope you enjoy the videos and more importantly I hope that this tutorial series will get you all on you way to Conquering Finale!
The videos are always free for anyone to watch but please consider making a donation of anything you can to help offset some of the costs associated with producing these tutorials.
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I've been at this for almost two and a half years now, I've got 27 whole categories of videos, plus Hot Tips, Subscriber Requests, Plug-in videos, Version 27 update videos! There's a lot - almost 260 videos so far. I've covered a lot of major topics and most of the essential Tools in Finale. So now I'm trying to decide what to cover next. There are a few Tools left to cover plus some other topics like Guitar Tablature, the Shape Designer, Music Spacing, ummm... playback, etc. So, I want to know what you all are interested in. So, click the link above to take a quick survey. Your responses will help me decide which topics to cover next. Yes... I know, I know... I probably have to cover playback in Finale at some point, but I REALLY don't want to! (He says, kicking and screaming like a toddler). But if I must, I must.
Thanks for your continued support, and let me know what you want me to focus on next.
Finale 27.2: Gettin' Jazzy with SMuFL
On March 2, 2022, Finale released the second maintenance update to Finale, version 27.2. This is the first version that is natively compatible with Apple Silicon. There are some excellent additions to the stable of Default Files that come packaged with Finale including a brand new Jazz Document Style that's completely redesigned and updated with consultation from Darcy James Argue. Check out this video for all the latest features and updates.
Or you can check out the written review I did with Philip Rothman on Scoring Notes.
There are many ways to deal with sizing and scaling elements in Finale. I've discussed many of these methods as I've been going with the other categories, but this mini-series of three videos really gives you some detailed insight into how sizing and scaling operate in Finale. The first video will deal with the Resize Tool in Finale, the second will discuss all the other attached elements that get resized when you resize the 5 levels of scalability in Finale, noteheads, notes, staves, systems, and pages, and the final video will deal with a few special items in Finale that can be scaled in unique ways.
If you're interested in booking a one-on-one Finale lesson with me through Zoom, go to the Book a Lesson page for more details!