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.
Hand-writing music has been a tradition in jazz for many, many years. Nowadays, most people use software like Finale to emulate a handwritten look using special fonts.
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.