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
As of 11/30/22, Finale version 27.3 is now available! It comes with two really nice changes which are somewhat unrelated to SMuFL this time. First, Finale has now taken over development of 8 JW plug-ins which now get installed automatically when you update. This should be a big deal for everyone! Second, there are some long-awaited improvements/fixes to Voiced Linked Parts, the system that allows you to have instruments share a staff in the score but have separate Linked Parts. This will be a big deal for many of us that often deal with large orchestral and band scores. As usual, there are also some minor bug fixes that you can read about at the beginning of the video; nothing earth-shattering, but necessary nevertheless.
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!
Big news: The Conquering Finale YouTube channel has now crossed 2,000 subscribers AND 100,000-lifetime views!! Wow!
In addition to that, thanks to a newly acquired 4K monitor, all of the videos will now be recorded in 4K and at the proper 16:9 aspect ratio starting with this new Subscriber Request video. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the supporters of the project!
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!