Change Chord Assignments dialog box
How to get there
- Click the Selection tool , and select a region of measures.
- Choose Utilities > Change > Chords.
What it does
This dialog box lets you change all chord
symbols in a selected region in several ways. You can transpose them,
turn their playback on or off, change their display to fraction-style,
or move them by a precise amount.
Root • Lowercase • Suffix • Fretboard • Alternate bass • Lowercase • After
Root • Under Root • As Subtext. You can hide certain portions of
the selected chord symbols. Click a checkbox once to make it white (meaning
that this chord symbol element won’t appear), click a second time to make
an check mark appear (meaning that this item will appear), and click a third time
to make it a dash again (meaning that this item will be unchanged).
refers to the root scale tone; if you turned this box off for a Cmaj7
chord, only the "maj7" would remain. The first Lowercase
option determines whether the Root will appear as a lowercase or a capital
Bass is the bass note of a chord in some inversion; if you turned
this box off for a Cmaj7/G chord, only Cmaj7 would appear in the score.
The second Lowercase determines
whether the Alternate Bass will appear as a lowercase or capital letter.
Under Root and As
Subtext. If this checkbox appears white, all chord symbols will
appear in normal slash style. Click a second time to make a check mark appear
and choose Under Root, meaning that alternate bass notes will appear directly
beneath the rest of the chord symbol, fraction-style. Or, choose As Subtext
to have the alternate bass notes appear below and slightly to the right.
Click yet again to make the checkbox a dash, so that the alternate-bass
styles remain unchanged.
Root • Suffix • Fretboard • Alternate Bass. Normally, Finale plays
chord symbols when you play back your score. Using these three checkboxes,
you can silence all of them—or any portion of them.
Because some chords may be set to play back
and others may not (within a certain region), these checkboxes initially
appear dashed—meaning that Finale won’t change this element at all. To turn
an item off (so it won’t play back), click the checkbox so it turns white.
To turn an item on, click again, so that a check mark appears in it. Click yet
again to make the checkbox is dashed again.
is the root scale tone (the C in a Cmaj7/G chord); Suffix
represents the notes of the chord suffix only; Fretboard
plays the entire chord as displayed in the fretboard diagram; and Alternate Bass is the bass note of a
chord in some inversion (the G in a Cmaj7/G chord). You can turn playback
of each of these elements on or off individually for all chords in the
Finale transposes chord symbols automatically; when you change the key
of your piece, the chord symbols change key too, so that their harmonic
relationship to the notated piece remains the same. Occasionally, however,
you may want to change the chord symbols’ "key" without changing
the key of your piece. Click this button to display the Transposition
dialog box, where you can specify a transposition of any interval. See
Transposition dialog box.
Check this box then enter a fret number to automatically adjust the selected
fretboard to reflect the position of the capo for the selected region.
Or enter zero to remove a capo adjustment. Example: if the capo is set
to the first fret and an E7 chord is entered, the fretboard that appears
will be the D7 from the currently selected Fretboard Group. Also, the
name of the chord will change to D7 even though the chord will sound as
an E7. To change the chord name to an italic style, select Italicize Capo
Chords from the Chord menu.
- Scale All Chords By • Scale All Fretboards By. Use these values to specify the chord symbol and fretboard scaling for the selected region. The scaling percentage specified here is in addition to the global chord symbol and fretboard scaling percentage specified in Document Options-Chords. (Note that to retain consistent scaling of chords with suffixes, use the Chords Symbol option in Document Options-Fonts.)
Style. Check this box to change the style Finale uses to draw certain
elements of custom fretboards. Choose a different style from the pop-up
Fretboard Font. Choose this item to use the default font for fretboards
in Select Default Fonts, instead of custom fretboards.
to Default Position • Add to Current Position. If you decide to
adjust the positions of the chord symbols, use this pop-up list to specify how.
If you choose Add to Default Position, Finale
moves each symbol into its default position (dictated by its baseline
and point of note attachment)—plus any additional adjustment you specify
in the H: and V: text boxes (see below).
If you instead choose Add to Current Position
from the pop-up
list, Finale ignores the chord symbols’ default positions. Instead, Finale
simply slides each symbol—from its current position, even if you’ve dragged
it by hand—a distance you specify in the H: and V: text boxes (see below).
• V:. Type numbers into these text boxes to specify how far Finale
should move the specified chord symbols (a positive H: number moves them
to the right, and a positive V: number moves them upward). If you leave
both numbers at zero, Finale won’t move them at all.
• Cancel. Click OK to confirm the changes you’ve made. Click Cancel
to return to the score without changing any chord assignments.
Note. To display fretboards
on all chords in the piece, Show
Fretboards must be selected in the Chord menu.