Lesson 1


Welcome to Finale PrintMusic! This course is designed to help you learn PrintMusic in a sequential manner, much like you learned to play your musical instrument. Each concept will be a building block for the next concept. Your first music lesson book was designed to ease you into playing your instrument. This course will ease you into learning PrintMusic by introducing you to easy concepts and slowly progressing to more difficult concepts. Why should learning a music notation program be any different from learning to play your instrument?

I am assuming that you have already done the following:

You have purchased and installed Finale PrintMusic 2014 for PC or Mac.

Note: If you are using an earlier version or a later version of Finale, this tutorial may have differences.

You have purchased and installed a MIDI keyboard and MIDI interface and they are set up correctly and working correctly. Please note that this is not a requirement for this class.

You are familiar with how to operate your computer system.

A note to PC users: this tutorial was designed on a Mac so some of your screen shots may look a little different, but the concepts are still the same.

Launching The Program

Find the PrintMusic application on your computer and launch the program. You will first see the Video Tips dialog box, and then the Tip Of The Day dialog box (note that you may not see these dialog boxes).

PC users will be asked to set your MIDI setup before you launch the program. Make sure that you have your MIDI interface and MIDI keyboard properly installed. Select your MIDI In device and for best results select SmartMusic SoftSynth for your MIDI Out Device. If you are not sure about your MIDI setup, please refer to the PrintMusic manual or the help session that came with the Program.

Mac Users: You may not get this prompt when you launch the program. This will be covered later in this session.

After you have set your MIDI In and Out, you should now see the following:

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PrintMusic Document Setup Wizard

The PrintMusic Document Setup Wizard will automatically set up your score and instrument parts.

Select Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 7.16.55 AM by clicking on it.

We are going to be working with a string quartet to learn some basic concepts found in PrintMusic.

From this window you may also select paper and printing preferences. We are going to leave it on the default preferences, which should include
Create New Ensemble and Engraved Style.

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Page Size: Letter (8.5 x 11) and Portrait

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Click Screen shot 2012-05-24 at 2.24.05 PM to move to the next screen.

You will now see the page 2 of the
Document Setup Wizard

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Page 2 of the Document Setup Wizard

Click on Strings from the far left column. You will now see a list of string instruments appearing in the next column.

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Then click on
Violin from the next column so that it is highlighted.

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Click on the Add Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 7.23.41 AM button to add Violin to the far right column.

Use the same procedure to add another Violin, then a Viola, and Cello.

When you are finished, the far right column should look as follows:

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String Quartet Score Order.

I have selected Orchestral in the Use Score Order box. PrintMusic will put the instruments that you selected into traditional orchestral score order.

If you want a different order, deselect
Use Score Order, click on the staff name that you want to move, and use the up and down arrow keys on the right of the dialog box to move the staff name up or down in the list.

Click on the
Next button and you will now see the next page of the Document Setup Wizard. You can now add information for your title page. Mine is as follows:

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Click on the
Next button and you will see the following:

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This dialog box allows us to select a
Time signature, Tempo marking, pickup measure, number of measures, and a Concert Key Signature.

We are going to select at Time signature of 4/4 instead of C (I know, they are both technically the same thing, but humor me on this one).

Just click on the
4/4 time signature box to select it.

We are now going to select a
Key Signature. To select flat keys, slide down on the Slide Bar located in the Key Signature box. To select sharp keys, slide up located in the Key Signature box.

Try it!

For this lesson we are going to select a concert key of
G Major. Slide up until you see one sharp.

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Selecting the concert key of G major.
Select a time signature of 4/4 and a concert key of G Major.

We are going to enter the following information for the Specify Initial Tempo Marking dialog box:

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Tempo Marking Settings.

The Specify Initial Tempo Marking dialog box allows us put in text and tempo markings that will appear on the score.

The string quartet piece that we are going to enter does have an eighth-note pickup note so we are going to check the
Specify Pickup Measure box and select an eighth-note as our pickup note value.

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Specifying a Pickup note and measure.

We are going to keep this fairly short, so select 8 measures in the
Number of Measures dialog box.

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Click on the
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You should now see your
String Quartet document.

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My String Quartet Document

Saving Your Work

Now that we have set up our first project, it is time to save your work.

From the
File pull down menu, select Save.

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You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl + S for (PC) or +S for (Mac)

We are going to title this project
Your name SQ. My save window will look as follows:

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In the Save As: dialog box, enter the title of the piece.

In the
Where: dialog box, use the scroll arrows to select where you want to place your saved document. I chose the desktop, so I can find my document easily.

When you have entered in all the information, click on the
Save button to save your work.

Configuring The Auto Save Feature

If you are anything like me, when the ideas start to flow and the Muse finally arrives, I often forget to keep saving my work. Don’t worry; PrintMusic will do it for you automatically! It is usually a good idea to save your work at regular intervals. If your computer, or program, crashes, you will not lose all of your work.

To turn on Auto Save:

Mac Users: go to the PrintMusic pull down menu and select Preferences.

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PC Users: go to the Edit pull down menu and select Program Options and select Save and Print located in the box on the left.

All Users:
Select Save and Print from the left hand column.

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Check the
Auto Save box and enter the time increment that you want to save your work.

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Click OK

PrintMusic will now automatically backup your work!

In the
Preferences pull down menu you will also find:

Folders. This allows you to specify where you want your work to be saved. Feel free to set up new folders and to tell PrintMusic where to store and look for your work.

Palettes and Backgrounds. This allows you to customize your Main Tool Palette and Document Window Background.

Feel free to experiment and change your workspace!

Configuring Your MIDI Setup

Note: You do not need a MIDI Device for this Tutorial.

Finale PrintMusic comes with an excellent help menu that can be accessed through the Help pull down menu located at the top of your screen.

I am going to go through my MIDI setup. Feel free to work through the MIDI setup document located in the
Help menu. Each person’s MIDI setup and MIDI working environment will be different depending on preferences and equipment.

My MIDI setup works for my requirements, but you may find that your setup will differ from mine, depending on your equipment and preferences, PrintMusic comes complete with its own software synth called
SmartMusic SoftSynth. PC users have probably already selected this as your MIDI output device. The sounds from this SoftSynth are quite good and I highly recommend using them when you are working with PrintMusic.

To set your MIDI preferences:

Go to the
MIDI pull down menu and select Device Setup, MIDI/Internal Speaker Setup…

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You will now see the MIDI Setup window.

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MIDI Setup dialog box for Macintosh

The MIDI Setup dialog box allows you to select your Input Device and Output Device. My MIDI setup may look different from yours but don’t worry. For your input device make sure that you have selected your MIDI keyboard, and for an output device, select SmartMusic SoftSynth. Use the down arrows to scroll through available devices for MIDI Input and Output. If you don’t have a MIDI keyboard, don’t worry about configuring the input device.

PC Users:
click on the SoftSynth Settings box in the MIDI Setup dialog box to configure your output device and volume level for the SoftSynth.

All Users: Once you have configured your settings, click on the OK button to close the window.

Make sure that
MIDI Thru is checked under the MIDI pull down menu, Device Setup, MIDI Thru. This will allow you to hear sound as you enter notes into your score.

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Macintosh users may also want to configure the volume and output settings for the SmartMusic SoftSynth. To do this: from the MIDI pull down menu select:

Device Setup then select MIDI/Internal Speaker Setup and then click on the SmartMusic SoftSynth Settings button:

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This will allow you to configure your output device and volume using the following window:

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To View A Tutorial on setting up a Mac MIDI interface click on the following link:

Setting Up A Mac MIDI Interface

To View a Tutorial on configuring Mac’s MIDI settings click on the following link:

Configuring a Mac’s MIDI settings

All Users:

It does take a little bit of time to set up PrintMusic for MIDI input and playback, but once you have set your MIDI system, you don’t have to do it again.

I strongly recommend that you read the section on MIDI in the PrintMusic manual. That way if something does not work correctly with your MIDI setup, you will be able to trouble shoot your system and correct the problem.

While you can use PrintMusic without a MIDI keyboard, it is SO much easier and faster with a MIDI keyboard.

Recap: Lesson 1

You should have a better understanding of:

Launching Finale PrintMusic

Using the Document Setup Wizard

Setting a tempo marking

Setting a pickup measure

Adding Instruments in score order

Selecting a Time Signature

Selecting a Key Signature
Selecting a music font

Saving your work

Backing up your work

Working with different palettes and backgrounds.

Configuring your MIDI setup

SmartMusic SoftSynth for a playback device

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