Finale Quick Tips: Instant Repeats

To create a repeat in the early days of Finale, you had to add a forward-facing repeat symbol at the beginning of a repeated section, add a backwards-facing repeat symbol at the end of the repeated section, and then configure the repeat to play back. As Tom Johnson’s recent blog post suggests, some long-time Finale users may still follow most of these steps when using Finale 2011.

However, there’s a much quicker method today: Use the Repeat Tool’s contextual menu.

To create a basic repeated section, try the following:

  1. Select the Repeat Tool.
  2. Select the region of music you want to repeat.
  3. Right (Win/Mac) or Ctrl (Mac) + click on the selection and choose Create Basic Repeat. Done.

Now you have a repeat section that will automatically play the section twice through. If you’d like this section to repeat more times, Right/Ctrl + click on the repeat’s handle, choose Edit Repeat Assignment, and enter the number of passes you want under Play Section.

First and second endings are just as easy; just choose Create First and Second Ending. Need a longer first ending? Simply select more bars.

Here’s today’s final quick tip: You don’t even have to choose the Repeat Tool! The Selection Tool also contains the same contextual menu items so no need to switch tools to create these repeats.

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