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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 15. Wrapping Up

Composing is basically all about communication, and now that you’ve learned how to extract the music from your brain and transfer it to Finale, it’s time to polish the appearance so your performers can read and conceive it. That may mean adding cue notes, adjusting the layout to accommodate realistic page turns, or moving overlapping notes and markings. Yes, any number of factors can prevent your performers from seeing what you mean, and it’s time to eliminate as many of those factors as possible.

Here’s a summary of what you will learn in this chapter:

  • Music spacing

  • Layout

  • Finishing touches

Music Spacing

Finale’s automatic music spacing is often adequate. I’m going to describe the most important things you need to know about ...

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