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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 5. Managing Your Instrumentalists

If only I could really tell you how to do that. Perhaps I might suggest not writing for violists, or tubists … certainly not trombonists! But elitist or unruly behavior aside, practical solutions other than alcoholic beverages can temper the inevitable psychological turmoil. Ensuring the proper transposition, clef, and notation style is a good start, not to mention a playable range and less-than-notey page turns.

But, by instrumentalists, I am also referring to the staves in your Finale document, which are slightly more predictable. Yes, composing with Finale means setting up your staves properly, considering the score order, grouping, and individual staff attributes. Accomplishing these tasks with as little ...

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