Lesson 9

 
 
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The Text Tool is used to enter blocks of text. This may include headers, footers, page numbers, copyright notices, performance notes, and any text that you may wish to add to your document.
 
Make sure that your String Quartet is open from the last lesson and that you are in Page View.
 
Select the Text Tool Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 5.58.36 AM by clicking on it. Notice that you also have a Text pull down menu located at the top of your screen.
 
We are now going to add a text block to our String Quartet.
 
With the
Text Tool selected, double click and drag in the upper left hand corner of your document to create a new text block.
 
You should now see a text block with two lines outlining the text area.
 
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From the
Text pull down menu, you may now choose the Font, Size, and Style of the text you wish to enter.
 
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The Inserts pull down menu allows you to insert any of the listed items into your text block.
 
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The
Justification pull down menu allows you to justify the position of the text within your created text box.
 
After you have selected your desired font, size, etc, type your name into the text block.
Notice that as you type; the text block will keep expanding until you hit the
Return or Enter key on your keyboard to start a new line of text.
 
Once you have finished entering your text, click outside of the text block to add the text to your document. Notice that you now have a box attached to the text.
 
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To move the text around your document, simply grab the box and reposition the text.
 
To
delete a text block click on the box so that it is highlighted and hit the delete key on your keyboard.
 
To
edit a text block, double click on the box attached to the text.
 
Extracting Parts For Printing
 
The
Extract Parts command creates a separate PrintMusic document for each part that you wish to extract. You can edit and make changes to the extracted part before you send it to your printer.
 
From the
File pull down menu select Extract Parts…
 
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You will now see the
Extract Parts dialog box:
 
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The
Staves dialog box contains the name of each staff in your score. In this case we only have four staves in our String Quartet. If you had more, you would use the scroll bar to show more staves.
 
Click to select (and highlight) a single staff in a score.
 
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Note: You must first click in the white portion of the box to deselect staves or groups of staves that are highlighted.
 
To select more than one stave,
Shift-Click on the staves that you wish to select.
 
To select non adjacent staves:
 
Ctrl. Click (PC) each staff name.
 
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The
Groups dialog box contains a number for each grouped stave. For example, if you have a piano stave containing the grand staff, you would want to print the piano part out as a group so that you would have both piano staves on a printed part.
 
Groups are selected the same way as single staves.
 
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I usually have the
Apply Note Spacing box checked so that PrintMusic will automatically space your music correctly in a printed part.
 
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The
Save In… button allows you to specify where you want to save your extracted part. I usually save my extracted parts to the desktop so I can find them quickly.
 
We are now going to extract the Violin 1 part.
 
From the
Extract Parts dialog box select Violin 1 from the Staves list.
 
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Specify where you want to save the extracted part and click on the
OK button to extract the part.
 
PrintMusic will now extract the part, give it the correct name, and save it to the place you specified.
 
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My Extracted Violin 1 part on my desktop.
 
You may now edit the part before printing.
 
You may also notice that PrintMusic has also entered a multimeasure rest into the Violin 1 part. Anytime an instrument does not play for more than one measure, PrintMusic will automatically create a multimeasure rest.
 
Project 15:
 
Send me the extracted Violin 1 part from your String Quartet.
 
Save this as your name Project 15.
 


Importing A Standard MIDI File
 
PrintMusic will allow you to import and export standard MIDI files.
Standard MIDI files are in a format that can be understood by music notation and sequencing programs from other manufacturers.
 
If you create a composition using your favorite sequencer and you want to turn it into notation, simply save it as a
Standard MIDI File and import the Standard MIDI File directly into PrintMusic.
 
Standard MIDI files contain the suffix .mid after the title. This will help you to identify a document that is in standard MIDI file format.
 
If you are exporting a PrintMusic document as a standard MIDI file, make sure that each stave is assigned to a different MIDI channel and instrument (
Instrument List pull down menu). That way when you export the file each stave will be exported as a different track.
 
If staves or groups of staves are assigned to the same MIDI channel
(or instrument sound), those staves will be combined into the same track.
 
It is much easier to edit your data on separate staves or tracks.
 
Exporting As An Audio File
 
PrintMusic will allow you to export your piece as an audio file.
 
From the
File pull down menu select Export to Audio File
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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I have chosen to save my string quartet to the desktop.
 
When I click on the
Save button, I will now see an AIFF file appear on my desktop.
 
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AIFF is an acronym for Audio Interchange File Format

You can find more info on AIFF here:

AIFF

 
You can now play this on itunes or any other mp3 player.


Creating A Standard MIDI File In PrintMusic
 
Make sure your
String Quartet is still open
 
From the
File pull down menu select File, Export, MIDI File...

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You will now see the
Save As dialog box:
 
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You should now see your string quartet saved in the .mid format.
 
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You can now open this file in any music program that allows you to import Standard MIDI Files.
 
To Import a Standard MIDI File into PrintMusic, go to the
File pull down menu and select Open.
 
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You will now see the
Open File dialog box:
 
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Make sure
All Readable Files is selected as an option.

Locate your .mid file and open it.
 
You will now see PrintMusic converting your file into notation.
 
Project 16:
 
Create a Standard MIDI File from your String Quartet.
 
Save this as your name Project 16.
 
 
Smart Music
 
Make Music also has a program called Smart Music. This is an incredible teaching tool and I can't recommend enough that you use this program when you teach! The best part is that ANY Finale file can be turned into a Smart Music file.

Please click on the Smart Music Link for a presentation on Smart Music. I love and use this program all the time, it is THAT Good!

Smart Music


Using Finale’s Worksheets and Repertoire

One of the nice features included with Finale is the Worksheets and Repertoire feature that is included with the program.

We are going to open one of the many worksheets that you can use for teaching lessons or in a music classroom.

To access this feature, go to the
File pull down menu and select Open Worksheets and Repertoire...

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Select the Worksheets folder, (6000) Games, Flash Cards, and finally 6000 Musical Words Treble..

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You will now see the following:


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You can use the
Save As command under the File pull down menu to make changes to the
document or customize it for your own use. Make sure that you do use the
Save As command so that
you don’t overwrite the original document!


Feel free to explore the other
Worksheets and Repertoire templates that are included with
Finale PrintMusic.


 
Scanning Music Into PrintMusic
 
If you have access to a scanner and are interested in scanning music into PrintMusic, read on. If not, skip this section and move down to the
Final Project posting.

Note: If you do not have a scanner, skip down the lesson and go the Final Project.
 
PrintMusic allows you to scan sheet music from your scanner and import it directly into your PrintMusic score using Musitek’s MIDISCAN or SmartScore software.
 
You can also directly open a scanned music file in PrintMusic using the built-in SmartScore Lite software that came with PrintMusic.
 
Note that SmartScore Lite will not recognize the following:
 
Articulation marks
Hairpins
Double or repeat barlines
Text.
 
SmartScore Lite will allow the following:
 
Up to 3 accidental types
3 clefs
16 staves per page
Smallest note value of a 32
nd note.
 
While you are limited by SmartScore Lite, you can still do a good job of getting the most of a scanned piece of music into your PrintMusic score.
 
Converting Scanned Files With SmartScore Lite
 
Scan one page of a score at
300 dpi (dots per inch), producing a black and white (line art) TIFF file. Check your scanner documentation for details.
 
If you need more help with your scanner document preparation:
 
Select
Table of Contents from the Help pull down menu in PrintMusic.
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From the
Table of Contents menu, select Chapter 1: How Do 1…?
 
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From the
Chapter 1 menu, select Scanning.
 
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You will now be viewing the PrintMusic PDF file on scanning.
 
Remember that the
Help pull down menu is an excellent reference source for any questions that you may have on PrintMusic. The PDF files contain everything that you would want to know about the program.
 
A good quality original will produce the best results when scanning. Strive to use good quality originals when working with scanned pages.
 
After you have scanned a page in your scanner, launch PrintMusic
 
Once you get the
Document Set Up Wizard dialog box, click on the Cancel button.
 
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Select
Scanning: SmartScore Lite… Scan and Import…from the File pull down menu in PrintMusic.
 
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You will now see the following upgrade dialog box:
 
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Click
OK, unless you want to spend more money to upgrade!
 
You will now see the
SmartScore Lite 3.0 dialog box:
 
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You may either drag your scanned files into the right hand box or click on the
Add Files…button to place a scanned file into the right hand box.
 
Once a scanned file is added to the right hand box, click on it to select it, and you will now see a
Preview of your scanned page in the left hand box.
 
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Once you are satisfied with the appearance of your scanned file, click on the
Begin Recognition button.
 
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PrintMusic will now import your scanned music directly into a PrintMusic score.
 
You will then find out that it is NOT a perfect world and you may start editing the scanned music to correct any and all mistakes.
 
It still saves you a lot of time!
 
If you have any more questions on scanning please refer to the PDF help files that are a part of your PrintMusic Program!
 
I highly recommend, once you finish this course, reading through the entire help PDF files that came with the PrintMusic program. There is a lot of useful information included in the PrintMusic help files.
 
Final Finale Project:
 
Your assignment is to recreate the following score in Finale Printmusic. Click on the link below to
upload the score.
Final Score

Save this as your name Final Project.

 
Recap: Lesson 9
 
You should have a better understanding of:
 
The Text Tool
 
Creating a copyright symbol
 
Extracting parts for printing
 
Using Score templates
 
Importing a Standard MIDI File
 
Creating a Standard MIDI File
 
Scanning music into PrintMusic
 
Converting scanned files with SmartScore Lite
 
Using the PrintMusic Help menu
  
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