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Composing with Finale

Composing with Finale

ISBN 13: 9781598635737

ISBN 10: 1598635735

Author: Mark Johnson

Pages: 328

Published: 09/03/2008

Print Book Price: $49.95 Add to cart

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Finale offers all the notation tools required to craft virtually any composition. Unfortunately, the imaginative ways these tools are used sometimes becomes an elaborate composition in itself! Composing with Finale shows you the essentials you'll need in order to make the most of this program's incredible power. Studying Finale from a compositional perspective eases the learning curve overall, transforming Finale into an extension of your imagination. Instead of describing procedures most beneficial to copyists and engravers, this book isolates the methods crucial to working with a composition in progress— how to efficiently translate directly from your mind to the score.
Far from a "point-and-click" guide, Composing with Finale will help you compose more music with one of the most advanced music-composition tools on the market.
Note*: If you are buying the e-book version of this product, any CD/DVD supplement files referenced throughout the book can be accessed for free at our Companion Downloads page.
  • Eases the learning curve for composers, and helps them develop the skills necessary to see Finale as an extension of their imagination, rather than a difficult to use piece of computer software.
  • Unlike those other books on Finale, the book is aimed squarely at composers -- not at engravers, copyists, and other Finale users.
  • Provides simple step-by-step instructions for completing common Finale tasks.
  • Not a comprehensive guide to Finale – focuses on what composers really need to know to help them use Finale to make better music.
Author Bio
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson is an employee at MakeMusic who has worked as a technical support representative, quality assurance technician, and technical writer for Finale and all of MakeMusic's notation products. Building off his degree in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College, Mark has experience composing, arranging, and engraving with Finale. He has authored several Finale method guides including Finale Power! and Finale 2008: A Trailblazer Guide, and continues to use and write about Finale on a daily basis."
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Taking the Wheel;

Chapter 2: Getting the Best Angle;

Chapter 3: Moving Stuff Around;

Chapter 4: Listen;

Chapter 5: Managing Your Instrumentalists;

Chapter 6: Arranging and Rearranging;

Chapter 7: The Composer's Wild Kingdom;

Chapter 8: Lead Sheets;

Chapter 9: Piano Scores;

Chapter 10: Choral Scores;

Chapter 11: Guitar Scores;

Chapter 12: Percussion;

Chapter 13: Instrumental Ensembles;

Chapter 14: Jazz Band;

Chapter 15: Wrapping Up;

Chapter 16: Unleashing Your Masterpiece