Music notation plays a huge role in both sides of my double life. By day, I work at MakeMusic, where my primary tasks involve transferring published sheet music into SmartMusic.
Today I’d like to start a discussion on writing chords in jazz or contemporary music. In a way, chord charts are their own language, filled with hundreds of different systems and dialects.
Finale’s Selection Tool makes it easy to click and drag any chord into the right place. Sometimes, however, you need to move a lot of chords the same amount, or align all of your chords to appear uniform.
Sometimes when collaborating with others (or cleaning up my older charts) I’ll run across a file where the chord suffixes are a jumble of different fonts:
Today, I’d like to share a few easy tips to help avoid this in your scores.
In my last post, I suggested a tricky use of Finale’s Chord Analysis plug-in, where we used it to create some solfège syllables. This week I thought I’d show you a more common use of the plug-in, namely to automatically add chord symbols to your score.