Ever since I got Finale, it changed the process in which I write music. I used to use Cakewalk’s piano roll view to do all the work, but now I do what ‘real’ composers do, and work almost exclusively at a notation program. So I thought I would do my own little tutorial. This may be a lengthy post.
When you set up a score in Finale, the style (such as fonts, positioning, scaling, ect) is very bland – at least to me. It looks like this.
Step 1 – Basic Layout
Set up your score for the type of ensemble you want to write a template for. It will look default right now, but we’re going to change that.
Tip: when you want to change the title, arranger or subtitle, don’t just click on that text and change it. Go to Window > Score Manager > File Info. Changing these fields will automatically set up text inserts, making things much easier later.
When setting up a large ensemble score, I like to make things a little more tight on the first page. Also, I don’t often use the subtitle, so delete that if you want. Click and drag the part name and composer texts to be even with the title. If you want to be really precise, right click the composer or score text and hit Edit Frame Attributes. Change the positioning V (vertical) value to a number that’s the same for all three texts at the top. You should get something looking like this.