My last blog discussed how you can use quantization to speed up note entry and reduce subsequent editing. Today I offer another tip to help clean up any music entered in real-time – whether you’re playing notes directly into Finale or importing MIDI files.
We want our music notation software to notate not what we play but what we intend to play. For example, here is a simple melody I played in using Finale’s real-time entry tool, HyperScribe:
I helped Finale notate this example correctly – the first time – by providing some hints as to the rhythmic complexitity of what I was about to play.
In a cutaway score, inactive measures are completely hidden, as in the example above. This is common in contemporary works and analysis, as well as in theater scores where the narrator needs to speak while the music pauses.
Today I have a tip to improve your accuracy when entering music into Finale in real time.
Finale’s HyperScribe tool offers a variety of ways to enter notes in real time using your favorite MIDI device.
The “Tip of the Day” is one of the first things you see when you launch Finale. It’s right there on the Launch Window.