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Beat Chart dialog box

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A beat chart lets you change the horizontal position of a beat in all staves at once; for example, you might want to drag the fourth beat of a measure slightly to the left to allow room for a septuplet run in the strings. Finale normally provides a handle on every beat or every note in the measure.

Using this dialog box, however, you can specify a precise beat or subdivision of a beat that you want a particular beat chart handle to control—even if there’s no note that falls on that beat.

You can change the position of any beat handle (note or rest) within the measure numerically; Finale also displays the range of available values for your reference.

This text box can be useful if you want to move, for example, the second note of a triplet slightly to one side (in all staves). By calculating the appropriate EDU value to enter into the Elapsed Duration text box, you can specify precisely which element of the triplet you want the handle to control. (In this example, if the quarter-note triplet begins on the first beat, you’d type 682 into the text box, because that’s one-third of 2048 [the total EDU value of the quarter-note triplet].)

To make this handle control another beat in the measure, type its EDU equivalent in this text box. The number must be within the displayed range.

See Also:

Measure Attributes dialog box

Measure Tool



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