Adding lyrics

Adding two verses of lyrics to the score

Finale provides two ways to enter lyrics. You can either type them directly under each note in the score, or type them all at once into the lyrics window and use Click Assignment to attach them. In this section, you’ll learn both methods.

By the end of this lesson, you will know how to:

  1. Enter lyrics by typing them directly into the score
  2. Use Click Assignment to assign individual syllables
  3. Use Click Assignment to assign several syllables at once
  4. Shift lyrics
  5. Enter a second verse

Typing lyrics into the score

Using this method, lyrics are entered under one note at a time, letting you see, as you enter, where the syllables will fall in relation to your music.

To type lyrics into the score

  1. Select the Lyrics tool icon. The Lyric window opens.
  2. Click the pickup note in the vocal line.
  3. Type the word “Should” and press SPACEBAR to move to the next note.
  4. Continue to type the lyrics as shown below. You may need to enter one word over multiple notes. Finale can handle this in different ways. Use the - (dash) key to put hyphens between syllables (example: ac-quaint-ance). Enter the full word and use SPACEBAR to move to the next note that will have a new syllable.

Click Assignment

Using Type Into Score is a good way to see the placement of lyrics as you enter them, but there is a faster way using the Lyric window. The lyrics window shows all the lyrics that have been entered into your music.

To click-assign lyrics

  1. Type the remaining lyrics of verse 1 into the Lyrics window as shown below.

  2. Click the Click Assignment button in the Lyrics window.
  3. Double-click on the word “For” to highlight it.
  4. Click on the pickup to measure 9 in the vocal line.
  5. Observe that the word “For” is entered into the score and that the next word, “auld” is now highlighted.
  6. Click the first note in measure 9 of the vocal line. Now we have a situation where one word, “auld,” is held over two notes.
  7. To enter the next word, “lang,” click on beat 3. Finale adds the appropriate word extension under the eighth note for you. Click assign lyrics up to the word "cup" as shown below.

Noteman says: For display purposes, the instrumental staves have been "force hidden" in some of the video demonstrations in this tutorial. To hide staves (with music), see To "force hide" staves (with music).

Click-assigning multiple syllables at once

While clicking each note is faster than typing, there’s an even faster way.

To click-assign multiple syllables at once

  1. Highlight the word “of” in the Lyrics window (if it's not already).
  2. Hold down OPTION and click on beat 4 of measure 13 in the vocal line. Finale adds the remaining syllables on consecutive notes.

Shifting lyrics

Finale assigns one syllable per note until it runs out of notes. Take a moment to scan through the remaining measures. You will probably notice that lyrics and notes are out of sync in measure 14. We can easily correct this.

To shift lyrics

  1. Click the Shift Lyrics button in the Lyrics window.
  2. Make sure that "Shift Lyrics to The Right" is displayed, and the "Shift Syllables by One Note, to the Next Open Note" is selected.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click on the word “auld” in measure 14 to shift it, and all subsequent lyrics one note to the right.
  5. Repeat step 4 for "lang" and "syne."

Entering a second verse

This arrangement has two verses through the 3rd beat of measure 8. The lyrics from measures 9 through the end are the same and sung both times through. You can easily enter multiple verses of lyrics with either Type Into Score or Click Assignment, and the Lyrics window lets you keep track of your lyrics and edit them from one place.

To enter a second verse

  1. In the Lyrics window, use the UP ARROW to switch to Verse 2.
  2. Enter the second verse of lyrics using either Type Into Score or Click Assignment (refer to lyric text below). You'll need to choose either Type Into Score or Click Assignment under the Lyrics menu (or click the corresponding icon in the Lyrics window).
  3. When you're finished, choose Lyrics > Auto-Number > Verses to add verse numbers before the first syllable in each verse.

  4. If the last word extension remains after "syne.," choose the Selection tool , CTRL+click the word extension and choose Delete.

Tip: Use the Closedpositioning trianglesSeveral tools provide four positioning triangles to the left of the score that allow you to vertically adjust the baseline for items in the adjacent staff. These triangles can be used to position lyrics, chords, and expressions. The leftmost triangle positions items for every staff in the score in all systems. The second triangle from the left positions items in the adjacent staff. The third triangle from the left positions items in the adjacent staff in the adjacent system only. The fourth triangle from the left specifies the vertical positioning for the next item entered. to adjust the vertical positioning of your lyrics.

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