11. Toppling Tuplets

Lessons on entering tuplets in Simple Entry and in Speedy Entry can be found in videos in those categories.

Click on the jump links below to skip right to the relevant discussions in those videos.


Entering tuplets in Simple Entry using the following configurations:

8-1A Mouse/Number Pad

8-1B Mouse/Laptop

8-1C Keyboard/Number Pad

8-1D Keyboard/Laptop

8-1E MIDI/Number Pad

8-1F MIDI/Laptop


Entering tuplets in Speedy Entry:

9-1 Basic Tuplets

9-3 Complex Tuplets

Entering tuplets in HyperScribe:

10-1 Tuplet Quantization Settings

11-1 Toppling Tuplets Lesson 1 (Basic)

There’s a quick lesson on using the Tuplet Tool to actually create tuplets but the bulk of this video deals with the basics of maneuvering the tuplets themselves to avoid other elements and to improve the look of your tuplets. Placement and flipping of tuplets is covered as well as how to manipulate the handles to adjust things like the angle of the bracket and the length of the hooks. I’ll show you how to reset your tuplets back to their default settings as well.

Finale V26.1

11-2 Toppling Tuplets Lesson 2 (Basic)
Notated Swing Triplets

This is a quick how-to for creating notated swing triplet rhythms in Finale. I’ll show you how to do it in Simple Entry (at 0:39 in the video), Speedy Entry (4:20), using the Tuplet Tool (6:33) and finally the easy way using a JW Plug-in (8:15).

Finale V26.1

11-3 Toppling Tuplets Lesson 3 (Intermediate)
Nested Tuplets

Nested tuplets (or tuplets within tuplets) are pretty easy to accomplish in Speedy Entry (0:29), but they’re a little fussy in Simple Entry (5:55) and using the Tuplet Tool (8:19). This video will show you how to do it all three ways.

Finale V26.1

11-4A Toppling Tuplets Lesson 4A (Advanced)
Tuplet Definition (Part 1)

There’s an important lesson in this video about the three different places that you can modify your tuplets. There are global settings, individual settings and settings for changing multiple tuplets at once. When you understand the difference between these three Tuplet Definition windows and how they interact with each other you’ll have a good grasp of how to manipulate tuplets throughout your project. This video also covers in detail all the placement (above or below) and appearance options available for tuplets including using ratios instead of numbers and slurs instead of brackets.

Finale V26.1

11-4B Toppling Tuplets Lesson 4B (Advanced)
Tuplet Definition (Part 2)

This videos discusses the fine-tune positioning of tuplets. There are also some other options that are available including centering the number on the duration of the tuplet versus centering it visually, setting tuplets to always be flat and bracketing the whole duration of the tuplet. I will also show you how to change the font for the tuplet number itself.

Finale V26.1

11-5 Toppling Tuplets Lesson 5 (Intermediate)
Useful Tuplet Tips

Sometimes in Finale there’s a short/right way and a long/wrong way to do things. Check out the most efficient and correct way to do a few common things with tuplets. Hiding repeated tuplets after the first bar (0:13), setting tuplets to appear above a vocal line to avoid downstem tuplets colliding with lyrics (2:00) and moving tuplets in rhythmic notation out of the way of chords when the chords are showing between piano staves (4:37).

Finale V26.1