Learn to write professional-standard notation using Finale, the world's best selling music notation software. This course makes it easy to notate your arrangements and compositions, from basic notes and rhythms to more advanced markings. Through hands-on lessons and workshops, you'll understanding the subtleties of notation, as well as explore the fine points of lead sheets, vocal/choral notation, drum/guitar notation, fingerings, roadmaps, and lyrics. You'll also explore more complex techniques designed to speed up your notation process dramatically, and learn to control the nuances of your music's look and feel to produce clear, professional-quality music. By the end of the course, you will have mastered the most powerful functions of this versatile tool, and learned the techniques used by the most experienced, accomplished music engravers and writers.
Upon completing this course, you will have learned to:
Use Finale to create most kinds of notation, including great-looking lead sheets, orchestral scores, arrangements, and teaching/analytical materials.
Enter notes, lyrics, chord symbols, articulations and expressions, and create scores with multiple staves.
Master dozens of shortcuts to dramatically speed up your music entry, score layout, part copying, and more.
Perform advanced notation such as notation for guitar, keyboard, and percussion, as well as notation of your own invention.
Notate in accordance with quality standards and conventions of contemporary notation practice
Writing Music with Finale is an online course aimed at helping musicians of all levels to use Finale to create clear notation very quickly. In twelve weeks, it covers the tools necessary for most types of notation, from lead sheets to rhythm-section and orchestral arrangements. Read more
“The course moved at a good pace for beginners but fast enough for those more familiar with the Finale software. The video demonstrations were invaluable to explain some of the techniques that are hard to describe in words.” - R. Girsberger
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