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.
The Latest News
Finale version 27.4 is now available! This maintenance update is primarily to make Finale compatible with Mac OS Sonoma, but also includes 20 bug fixes and small feature enhancements. This update addresses a lot of long-standing bugs, annoyances, and shortcomings in Finale. Everything from True Black printing via CMYK color scheme, to tiny fixes/upgrades to the Lyrics tool, and a bunch of random solutions to some long-standing problems. It seems as though there may be at least a tiny something for everyone in this upgrade.
*EDIT* I figured out the Bar Number fix. There's a new option in the Measure menu when you're in the Measure Tool called "Align Measure Numbers With Barlines". Checking this option does exactly what I was pointing out in the video which is to put the bar numbers after the barline and before Time or Key Signature! Can't believe I couldn't find that. But this is indeed a nice addition!
11/3/22 - New Category!
It's been a while since a whole new category has been released. This one is a big one! There is a LOT going on with Music Spacing in Finale. This may be one journey that you never thought to take, but may be glad that you did! The majority of this category discusses all the options available in the Music Spacing pane of the Document Options, which may not seem like much, but there's a lot to know about exactly HOW Finale handles music spacing before you can really make any informed decisions about those options. We'll cover everything from Measure Widths, to manual note spacing, to Grace Notes, to Duration Allotment tables, to Music Spacing Libraries, and seemingly everything in between! Bring your calculator and some coffee, because you're gonna need both of those things on this journey through Music Spacing!
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