15-10 An Expression Tool Expedition Lesson 10 (Advanced)
v27 Update: SMuFL Expressions
Expressions are probably the most obvious place where we can take advantage of the new SMuFL fonts in Finale, everything from accordion symbols, harp diagrams and all kinds of pictograms are now right at our fingertips in the SMuFL fonts. Some of the new SMuFL fonts have unique characters, so I’ll show you some of those (7:42). In addition, I’ll talk a little about using the new SMuFL text fonts in the Expression Tool (15:42).
The Latest News
This is a dedicated series for learning all about how Linked Parts work in Finale. Covered is everything from the basics of how linked vs. unlinked items work to setting up custom Linked Parts to setting up Linked Parts from shared staves to Extracted Parts to Multimeasure Rests.
New Spotlight on Plug-ins - TGTools Process Extracted Parts...
Nick Mazuk's Keyboard Maestro Course
Nick Mazuk has recently released a whole course on using Keyboard Maestro with Finale! I took a beta version of this course several months ago and found it invaluable to understanding how to use Keyboard Maestro with Finale. There are currently 21 videos in the YouTube Playlist that will teach you everything from very simple scripts to much longer, complex scripts. If you're already a Keyboard Maestro user, the lessons on Pallettes alone will change your whole perspective (if you don't already use them).
Keyboard Maestro is a Mac-only program right now, so my apologies to the Windows users out there; this course won't do you any good right now.
I get asked a lot about Keyboard Maestro and I'm glad that Nick has finally released this course because he understands it a lot better than I do! If you've been curious about Keyboard Maestro or if you've been struggling to make it work for you, definitely check out this course!
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!
Subscriber Request #8
Ambitus and Incipits (Vocal Ranges)
This request comes from Kevin Loughman who wants to know how to create an ambitus to show the vocal ranges of a piece. These are sometimes called Incipits, and although I’m not 100% sure if the terms are unique or interchangeable, I’m using the two terms here to distinguish between two unique ways of showing vocal ranges. An ambitus, (as I’ve decided to define it), will be where the ranges get put in the staff just before the first clef (1:28) and an incipit will be where you have a whole measure that’s separated and to the left of the first system (11:55). Either way is common and acceptable, but in Finale, they require similar, but ultimately divergent techniques to achieve.