Slash notation

There are two kinds of slashes, or hash marks, used to indicate improvised chording or comping. If you want to indicate ad lib comping, but you don’t require a specific rhythm, you can let Finale fill the measures with stemless slashes, spaced according to the time signature (four slashes in a measure, for example). If you want to indicate a specific rhythm of comping, Finale can turn the noteheads of any passage into slashes, still beamed and stemmed.

You can also create a passage of mixed normal notation and slash notation, and you can also turn any individual notehead into a slash (see Guitar Notation). If you need to display cue notes on a staff with slash notation, see To display cue notes on a slash notation staff and To create slashes-with-cue drum notation.

To create ‘comping’ slashes

  1. Choose the Staff tool icon and select the measures in which you want slashes to appear. See Selecting music for some region-selecting shortcuts.
  2. Choose Staff > Apply Staff Styles To > Score and Parts (or Current Part/Score). The Apply Staff Styles dialog box appears. Alternatively, OPTION+click the highlighted area to display the context menu.
  3. Choose a staff style:
    • Slash Notation hides all the music and replaces it with evenly-spaced hash marks. The number of hash marks is determined by the bottom number of the time signature.
    • Rhythmic Notation turns the music into beamed and stemmed slashes, all on the middle line of the staff.
  4. Click OK (or press return). Any music that was in the selected region is now hidden; to restore it, choose the measures again, and choose Staff > Clear Staff Styles From (and then the desired score/part option).

See also:

Staff Styles