Exercise Wizard dialog box
How to get there
There are two ways to access the Exercise Wizard:
- Choose File > New > Exercise
- In the Launch Window, select Exercise Wizard.
What it does
Note. View the Creating custom exercises QuickStart Video for an overview.
The Exercise Wizard helps you to setup
a lesson for your vocal or instrumental ensemble based on Exercises that
you choose. The Exercise Wizard includes a large selection of exercises
to choose from, including scales, intervals, and arpeggios. Mix and match
the exercises to create your own lesson plan. You can even share the lesson
with other ensembles or teachers. You can apply slurring articulations
or change the key. It also allows you to specify the instruments and the
number of copies that are printed of each lesson.
Title. Type the title for the lesson. You are limited to one line
of text and no carriage returns. It will appear at the top of the page.
Font. Click Set Font to specify the font, size and style for the
Size. Select the page size you want to use. The page size information
is stored in the text file pagesizes.txt and can be edited to your specifications.
Pagesizes.txt in the Appendix.
· Next. Click Cancel to exit out of the Exercise Wizard and return
to Finale without creating a lesson. Click Next to continue on to the
next dialog box in the Exercise Wizard.
- [List of Exercises] · Add · Remove.
Select exercises from the list on the left and add them to the list of
selected exercises on the right. Click on the plus
to display more exercises; click on the minus
to hide the exercises in the list below. Use the Scroll arrows to reorder
the selected exercises. A preview of the selected exercise appears in
the lower right corner.
- Cancel · Back · Next. Click Cancel to
exit out of the Exercise Wizard and return to Finale without creating
a lesson. Click Back to return to the first page of the Exercise Wizard.
Click Next to continue to the next page of the Exercise Wizard.
Title. Click an exercise and assign it a title in this text box.
Concert Key. Use the scroll bar to select a concert key. Exercises
for transposing instruments will appear in the appropriate transposed
key. Click the UP ARROW to add sharps or subtract flats; click the down
arrow to add flats or subtract sharps. Major or minor keys will appear
depending on the selected exercise.
Articulations. Click on a button to apply instrumental tonguing
patterns (such as tongue 2, slur 2) to the selected exercise.
· Back · Next. Click Cancel to exit out of the Exercise Wizard
and return to Finale without creating a lesson. Click Back to return to
the first page of the Exercise Wizard. Click Next to continue to the next
page of the Exercise Wizard.
- Ensemble Name. Type a name for a new
ensemble or select one from the drop down
menu. Then, you
can use the options on this page to configure and save this ensemble.
- Save · Save As · Delete. Use the Save
button to Save any changes to the currently selected ensemble. Use the
Save As button to save the currently selected ensemble with a new name.
Click the Delete button to remove the currently selected ensemble from
- Families · Parts: Add · Remove. Select
a certain instrumental family, and add the part selected from the Parts
column. If you want to Remove a part from the list on the right, highlight
the part and click remove.
- [Ensemble Instrument List]. The name
and number of instruments found in your ensemble are listed on the right.
Click an instrument, then use the arrow buttons to increase or decrease
the number of exercises to print for that instrument.
- Instrument Range Checking: Basic · Intermediate
· Advanced. Select a skill level for your ensemble here. The Exercise
Wizard will transpose the exercises by octaves to stay within the acceptable
ranges for each individual instrument at the selected skill level. The
ranges for each instrument are stored in the Instrument.txt file. See
Instrument.txt in the Appendix.
- Fit Lesson on One Page. Check this box
to tell Finale to adjust the spacing of the generated lesson so that it
fits on a single page.
- Print. Click the Print button to print
a copy of every exercise in the lesson for each instrument in the ensemble.
- Save Lesson. Click the Save Lesson box
to save the exercises you’ve created as a lesson, as notation files for
each instrument in the ensemble, or both. A lesson file (.LSN) can be
opened by the Exercise Wizard later for making changes or printing. Note
that file names must be short enough to allow the instrument name to be
added and still remain under 32 characters long.
- Cancel · Back · Finish. Click Cancel
to exit out of the Exercise Wizard and return to Finale without creating
a lesson. Click Back to return to the third page of the Exercise Wizard.
Click Finish to save your settings and exit the Wizard.