Document Options-Beams dialog box
How to get there
Choose Document > Document
Options and select Beams.
What it does
This dialog box allows you to customize
the beaming for your document. You can set the degree of flat beams by
using the Beaming Style setting. Specify how you prefer your eighth notes
beamed in common time. Improve the look of beams over rests, and disallow
beams to cross the space in a staff. To select the default measurement
units, click on the Finale 2012/Preferences menu, then Measurement Units, then select the
Style: Base Slant on End Notes Only. With this option, Finale will
draw beams at the angle created between the first note in the beam group
and the last not in the beam group. This is also the beam angle style
used previous to Finale 2000.
Style: Flatten Beams Based On Standard Note. Using this option
the beam angle will be determined by the note which is closest to the
center staff line—the Standard Note. Where there are two notes equidistant
from the center staff line, the note closest to the beam will be used
as the Standard Note. If this note is on the outside of the beam group,
the beam is angled, otherwise the beam is flattened. If there are two
Standard Notes in the beam group the beam angle is flat.
Style: Flatten Beams Based On Extreme Note. Using this option the
beam angle will be determined by the note which is closest to the beam—the
Extreme Note. If this note is on the outside of the beam group, the beam
is angled, otherwise the beam is flattened.
Style: Flatten All Beams. In standard notation, beams on eighth
notes (and smaller values) slant at an angle corresponding to the melodic
contour of the notes they connect. You may prefer nonslanting, horizontal
beams—for example, to minimize the jaggedness of beams in lower resolution
situations. Select this option if you want only horizontal beams.
Four Eighth Notes Together in Common Time. Deselect this option
to have eighth notes beamed in groups of 2 when in common time. Otherwise,
Finale will beam eighth notes in groups of four when in common time.
Rests when Beaming in Group of Four. Select this option to include
any rests between eighth notes when the above option is selected.
Three Eighth Notes Together Before An Eighth Rest. Select this
option to beam three eighth notes together as opposed to two when there
is a rest in the first or last position of the group of 4 eighth notes.
Primary Beam Within a Space. Select this option to allow beams
to cross over spaces in the staff.
Rests to Float. Select this option to allow rests to move away
Beams Over Rests. Select this option if you want Finale to extend
primary beams over rests on the outside of a beam group. Even when this
option is off, you can use Speedy Entry to create single, broken beams;
just press the slash key to extend the beam over the rest to the left
of the flagged note.
Secondary Beams Over Rests. Select this option to extend sixteenth
and smaller beams over rests on the outside of a beam group.
Half-Stems for Beamed Rests. If you’ve turned on Extend Beams Over
Edge Rests in Beaming Options, you may also wish to select this option,
which places a half-stem, or stem stub, for each rest that’s bridged by
Thickness. Change the thickness of beams globally using this text
Beam Length. Enter a value for the length of all broken beams in
the score. To change the direction of a broken beam use the Special Tools
Broken Beam Tool.
Beam Separation. The number in this text box specifies the vertical
distance between beams. For example, it sets the distance between the
eighth and sixteenth note beams.
Slope. This number specifies the maximum vertical distance between
the high and low ends of any beam, measured vertically in the currently
selected measurement units.
Distance from Middle Staff Line. This setting pertains to the stem
length of notes that are very far above or below the staff. In essence,
the number in this text box specifies the maximum distance the endpoint
of any beam may be from the middle staff line, based on its attachment
to the note farthest from the middle staff line in the currently selected
The Maximum Distance from Middle Staff Line
setting specifies the maximum distance a beam may be from the middle line
of the staff. It’s calculated based on the note that’s farthest from the
There are a number of variables governing
the angle of beams and the length of stem lines (such as Max Slope). Therefore,
if you change the default value for this parameter, you may not see any
immediate changes in the score.
Staff Attributes dialog box
and Flat Beams plug-in