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Percussion Layout Designer dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose WindowScoreManager and select a score instrument.
  2. From the Notation Style drop-down menu, choose Percussion if it’s not already selected.
  3. Click Settings. In the Percussion Layout Selection dialog box, click Edit or Create.

What it does

Use the Percussion Layout Designer dialog box to create or edit a layout for percussion notation. Each note definition you create or edit for a percussion instrument (such as a hi-hat, bass drum, snare drum, and so on) has a particular notehead shape and occupies a specific space or line on the staff. Finale automatically applies these settings whenever that note is entered on the staff. For example, you might follow the common convention of notating hi-hat cymbals with X noteheads that always appear above the top line of a staff. After defined here, when you enter, Finale knows to display it as an open or closed (depending on the note’s duration) X notehead above the top line of the staff, without any further action on your part.

To make it easy for you to set up a percussion staff, percussion layouts are defined for staves automatically when you begin a new score with the Document Setup Wizard. You can use the layouts as they are, or customize them for your percussion staves.


See Also:


Percussion Map Selection


Staff tool



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