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Finale Percussion font

The Finale Percussion font includes icons to represent a wide variety of percussion instruments, mallets, techniques, and unique notations. These pictograms, developed in 1974 by a conference of more than eighty musicians representing seventeen countries, are favored by publishers like Southern, TRN, and others because they allow for immediate recognition across language barriers. Some pictograms, such as castanets, vibraslap, and cannon, are unique to the Finale Percussion font, and in some cases alternate versions are provided.

Characters marked with a dagger (†) "dovetail" when they are repeated; for example, repeating the character (SHIFT + 9) results in a continuous .

Keystroke Character Description With SHIFT Character Description
1 swing down (handbells) ! gyro (handbells), scrape around rim
2 swing up (handbells) @ pluck lift (handbells)
3 damp (handbells) # damp, alternate (handbells)
4 martellato (handbells) $ swing (handbells)
5 muted martellato (handbells) % table single handbell
6 hand martellato (handbells) ^ N/A N/A
7 martellato lift (handbells) & table pair of handbells
8 mallet, bell on table (handbells) * N/A N/A
9 mallet lift (handbells) ( constant circular motion segment†
0 echo (handbells) ) constant circular motion segment (large)†
; hand : fingernail
a bass drum, soft mallet A tam-tam
b guiro scraper B cowbell
c metal hammer C guiro
d bass drum, hard mallet D cabasa
e timpani, hard mallet E tenor drum
f bass drum, double mallet F maracas
g snare sticks G glockenspiel
h jazz sticks (plastic tip snare sticks) H vibraphone
i hard sticks (wood or plastic heads) or xylophone, wood mallet I bass drum (on side)
j brass mallet J xylophone
k rawhide hammer K marimba
l triangle beater L pitched mallet instrument
m bow M board clapper (whip or slapstick)
n spoon-shaped wooden mallet N sizzle cymbal
o yarn, soft beater O tambourine
p yarn, medium beater P timpani
q timpani, soft mallet Q snare drum (snares off)
r timpani, wood mallet R field drum (or military drum) with snares on
s bass drum, medium mallet (or chimes mallet) S wood block
t xylophone, soft mallet T crash cymbals
u xylophone, hard mallet U bass drum
v wire brushes V hi-hat
w timpani, medium mallet W snare drum
x rim shot X sleigh bells
y xylophone, medium mallet Y triangle
z knitting needle Z claves
[ yarn, hard beater { N/A N/A
] finger } N/A N/A
\ fist | N/A N/A
=   + mallet bell suspended (handbells), rim shot
-   _ drumstick (for cymbal strike location)
, at center (Ghent) < at center
. right hand (Agostini) > at normal position
/ at rim (Ghent) ? at rim
` flexatone ~ N/A N/A


Press ALT while typing… Character Description
0129 temple blocks
0130 suspended cymbal
0140 wind chimes
0141 anvil
0160 gunshot
0162 wide sawtooth line segment†
0163 wide wavy line segment†
0164 narrow wavy line segment†
0165 quasi-random squiggle†
0166 quasi-random squiggle, alternate†
0167 bell
0168 bongo
0169 siren
0170 sawtooth line segment†
0171 crotales
0172 police whistle
0174 bird whistle
0175 brake drum
0180 almglocken
0187 Vietnamese hat cymbal
0188 finger cymbals
0190 chimes
0191 gong
0192 wind whistle (or mouth siren)
0193 wavy line segment†
0194 ratchet
0196 slide whistle
0199 slit drum
0201 sistrum
0206 thunder sheet
0207 timbales
0208 constant circular motion (flipped)†
0209 constant circular motion (flipped, large)†
0210 bell plate
0211 cymbal tongs
0212 hammer
0213 duck call
0214 hi-hat cymbals on stand
0227 lion's roar
0228 car horn
0229 tubular bells
0231 castanets
0234 sandpaper blocks
0235 maracas
0236 goblet drum (djembe, doumbek)
0238 cannon
0239 log drum
0241 wind machine
0242 vibraslap
0246 conga
0247 gong with button (nipple)
0248 klaxon horn
0252 tom-tom

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