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Finale Quick Tips: Creating Tempo Changes

Finale’s Setup Wizard makes it easy to add an initial tempo marking to any new score. But what if you decide to add a tempo marking long after you’ve finished the Setup Wizard? What if you want to add a tempo change mid-piece?

This is a question our technical support staff hears fairly often, so I thought I’d take a second to show how quick and easy it is!

1. Select the Expression Tool and double-click where you would like the marking to appear.
2. In the Expression Selection dialog box, specify the “Tempo Marks” category.
3. Now you can choose one of the pre-made expressions, or create your own.  To create your own, click “Create Tempo Mark…”
4. Click “Insert Note” to select a note value (a quarter note, dotted quarter, whatever),

…then type in your desired tempo, for example “=122.”

(Note that you can change fonts here too if you wish.)

5. Click OK then Assign.

That’s it! The marking not only looks great, it sets the correct playback tempo too.