Welcome to the Subscriber Request Page!
These videos are all questions or problems posed by subscribers to Conquering Finale.
Here's how YOU can submit a request.
1. Become a subscriber!
2. Email me a question or problem or topic* that you would like me to talk about.
3. If your request makes it to video, please consider making a donation to the cause. Thank you!
*I will take requests for anything, but try to ask about things that I may not have covered already or things that need further clarification. Please avoid tech support questions as those generally don't make good tutorial videos and will likely only help you personally. Ideally, these videos should be about things that everyone can learn from.
You can send me Finale files along with your requests but only if you're ok with them being posted to YouTube. (Consider submission of a file as consent for me to publicly post pictures of that file). However, do not send files with material that is not in the public domain because I won't be able to post them.
Subscriber Request #1
Page Format vs Page Layout
Welcome to the first Subscriber Request video submitted by… me! Actually page formatting and mismatching page or system sizes or spacing is one of those issues I see ALL the time on the forums and Facebook pages, so I guess this video has likely been already submitted by many of you!
In this video I’ll take the time to explain how the Page Format window and the Page Layout Tool interact with each other because it’s not at all obvious, and misunderstanding it is the main reason why people run into the dreaded situation where new pages or systems don’t match the existing ones.
Subscriber Request #2
Big Band Drum Parts
Submitted by Martin Nickless
This request comes from Martin Nickless and it’s about how to write Big Band Drum Parts! Specifically how to write drum parts where you have slashes (or one bar repeats) with cue notes above. This is a multi-step process so this tutorial will be a bit of a walk-through of how to do this. In the process you may learn a few other neat tricks and techniques along the way, so it’s worth a watch even if you don’t need to write drum set parts specifically.
Subscriber Request #3
Submitted by Josh Oxford
If you’re someone that likes to compose or arrange directly in Finale you simple must know these handful of harmonization tools! A big thanks to Josh Oxford for suggesting I do a video on this topic. If you’re writing in Finale it’s critical to know a few essential shortcuts, the Transposition Utility (2:19), the Explode and Implode Utilities (6:12) as well as the Canonic Utilities plug-in (8:59). And if you don’t have it, you should ABSOLUTELY get the JW Staff Polyphony plug-in (11:57) which is the “killer-app” in my opinion when it comes to Layers, Staff and Chord manipulations in Finale. This video introduces all of these tools and will give you a taste of what they’re capable of doing to help speed up your writing process.
Here's the Link to the JW plug-ins website!
Subscriber Request #4
Jason's Top Ten Efficiency Tips!
Submitted by Giovanni Izzo
Giovanni Izzo asked how he could get faster with Finale; it inspired me to create a “Top Ten List” of things that I do to improve the efficiency of my workflow in Finale. This is a very personal and subjective list, and some of these things have been covered in this series before but seeing what I consider the most important efficiency tips hopefully will inspire you to try out some new techniques to help speed your own workflow.
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Subscriber Request #5
Submitted by Peter de Mets
This request comes from Peter de Mets who wants to know the best way to put parenthesis around notes in Finale for Handbell Choirs. Parenthetical Notes are not a native feature in Finale so in order to create them we have to choose between using the Articulation Tool or the Expression Tool, neither of which are particularly well suited to this task. So, I’ll explore the pros and cons of doing it with either tool. Spoiler alert, my preferences is for the Expression Tool, but you can certainly choose whichever method makes the most sense to you!