8. Simplifying Simple Entry
8-1 Speeding Up Speedy Entry Lesson 1A-F (Basic)

In this series of videos I’ll show you how to enter notes, rests, dots, ties, accidentals, grace notes and tuplets with a series of configurations for either an extended keyboard with a number pad or a laptop using the mouse/(or trackpad), the computer keyboard or a MIDI keyboard. There’s a lot of overlap in these videos so jump to the one or two videos that match your particular needs.


8-1A - Note Entry with Mouse/Number Pad Configuration
8-1B - Note Entry with Mouse/Laptop Configuration
8-1C - Note Entry with Keyboard/Number Pad Configuration
8-1D - Note Entry with Keyboard/Laptop Configuration
8-1E - Note Entry with MIDI/Number Pad Configuration
8-1F - Note Entry with MIDI/Laptop Configuration
8-2 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 2 (Intermediate) - Layers

There are four “Layers” available in Finale’s Simple Entry. Learn how to navigate between them and how to use them and generally how they function.


8-3 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 3 (Basic) - Beyond Notes

Articulations, expressions, clefs, time signatures and key signatures can all be entered directly within Simple Entry! No need to launch another tool for these elements. If you know how this all works you can save yourself a lot of time by not switching between tools.


8-4 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 4 (Intermediate)

Modifying and changing entries. This video will show you how to select and navigate everything using simple entry so you can change pitches, change rhythms and also deal with enharmonics, hide or show accidentals and courtesy accidentals, hide notes and rests, flip beams, stems and ties and break/join beams and produce flat beams.


8-5 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 5 (Advanced)

This video explores some of the advanced options available at your disposal in Simple Entry. Slashed versus unlashed grace notes, the difference between frozen and “automatic” (what I call “floating”) ties, stems and beams as well as the rest of the options available in the Simple Entry menu including customizing your own keyboard shortcuts.


8-7 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 7 (Advanced)
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8-6 Simplifying Simple Entry Lesson 6 (Intermediate)
Percussion in Simple Entry

Entering percussion notes in Simple Entry is very similar to entering notes anywhere else. The biggest difference is knowing how to navigate between the different sounds that are available on any given staff. I’ll show you some tips and tricks for getting to the right sounds using a mouse, a computer keyboard, and a MIDI keyboard.

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