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Finale QuickTips: Cross-Staff Beaming



When creating cross staff beaming in Finale, many people use the Note Mover Tool or the TG Tools Cross-Staff Plug-in dialog box to move notes from one staff to another.

While both of these options do the job well, there’s an even quicker way to do this.

  1. Write all of your notes for the cross-staff passage in one staff.
  2. Choose the Selection tool then click and drag to select the notes you wish to move.

Finale QuickTips: Cross-Staff Beaming

  1. After you have selected the region of notes you wish to move, press ALT+SHIFT+Up/Down Arrow (Win) or OPTION+SHIFT+Up/Down Arrow (Mac). (*no shift in Finale 2014 or later for Mac)
  2. You can then use the Beam Angle tool from the Special Tools palette (Window > Special Tools Palette) to alter the beam height and angle.
Finale QuickTips: Cross-Staff Beaming 2

Steps 3 and 4

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