If you have notated a chordal or polyphonic
passage, you can tell Finale to “explode” the passage onto individual
monophonic staves. For example, you can write three trumpet parts on a
single staff, notated as triads; when you’re finished, Finale can explode
that one staff into three individual trumpet staves, each with a single-line
The Explode Music command can place the
top note of each chord in the top exploded part, the second note in the
second, and so on. You can specify the clefs for the resultant staves
- Click the Selection tool and select a region. See Selecting music for some region-selecting
- Choose Utilities > Explode Music.
The Explode Music dialog box appears, asking for more information.
- Enter the number of staves you want the music
exploded onto in the Number of Splits box. You can create up to
- Decide your explode direction. You can
select either Top Down or Bottom Up.
- Select where extra notes should be placed.
Extra notes can be placed in the Top Staff, Bottom Staff, Distributed
to a number of staves, or discarded all together.
- If you would like to have at most one note
in every staff, select Only One Note per Staff.
- Optional: Enter the desired clefs for the exploded
staves, and click Use These Clefs. Finale numbers each clef as
follows: Treble (0), Alto (1), Tenor (2), Bass (3), Percussion (4), Treble
Ottava Bassa (5), Bass Ottava Bassa (6), and Baritone (F clef) (7).
If you’re exploding a triadic passage onto
staves for violin (treble), viola (alto), and cello (bass), for example,
you’d type 013 as the first three digits in the Use These Clefs box. (If
you just want all exploded staves to begin with the default clef—the treble
clef, unless you’ve changed the default—leave the Use These Clefs box
unchecked, and ignore the numbers.)
- Select the staves you want to contain the exploded
music. You can select either New staves or Existing staves.
- Click OK. If you’ve selected a large
amount of music, this process may take time. Be aware that Articulations
and Expressions on the source staff also appear in the resultant staves.