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Suffix Keynumber Offsets dialog box

How to get there

  1. Click the Chord tool  image\Chord_Tool.gif. The Chord menu appears.
  2. Choose Chord > Manual Input.
  3. Click a note (if it already has a handle, double-click the handle).
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. If the Suffix ID text is zero, click Select, click a suffix, click Edit, and click Set Play. Otherwise, click Suffix Edit and click Set Play.

What it does

In this dialog box, you can define the voicing you want Finale to use when it plays back the chord suffix you clicked. Each note of the chord is identified by a number that represents its interval, in half steps, from the root; this number is called the keynumber offset. Either enter each keynumber offset in a text box and click the right and left arrows to scroll the display, or—more efficiently—click Listen and play the chord in whatever voicing you prefer (see Listen dialog box); you can build a suffix of up to sixteen notes. A negative number specifies a note that’s been played below the root of the chord, and a positive number specifies one above.

Every time Finale encounters a chord symbol with that suffix in playback, it will use the voicing you specified. Because the notes of the playback definition you’re creating are measured from the root, a given suffix will always play back correctly, no matter what the root of the chord—in other words, a minor ninth will always sound like a minor ninth.

Technical note: This dialog box is also where Finale stores its knowledge of chord symbols; when you play a Cm7, Finale consults the information in this dialog box to decide which chord symbol to display (when you’re using one of its automatic-chord input features). Technically, you could edit Finale’s associations of chord suffix to a group of notes (and their intervals from the root) in this dialog box, so that Finale would display Csus4 when you played a Cm9 (if you really wanted it to), for example. However, if your aim is to teach Finale to recognize unusual or complex chords, you’ll find Finale’s learned chords feature to be a far more convenient method. See Chord Symbols.

Tip. Each number or offset represents the interval, in half steps, from the root. Clear sets the numbers in all the text boxes to zero, removing the chord's playback definition. Press Listen to let you play the chord on your MIDI keyboard and have Finale automatically enters the offsets for you.

See Also:

Chord Suffix Editor

Chord tool



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