Using the Articulation tool to add staccatos, accents, tenutos, and other note-attached markings
Articulations tell the performer how to perform individual notes, and usually appear as small shape figures directly above or below the note entry. In Finale, these figures are attached to note and added with the Articulation tool.
In this lesson, you will learn how to:
- Add articulations individually
- Apply articulations to several notes at once
To begin at this point, open Tutorial documentFinale includes a number of tutorial files that complement the Finale Tutorials. To access a tutorial document, choose File > Open and double-click the "Tutorials" shortcut. If you have navigated away from the default "Finale Files" folder, a different folder may appear when you choose File > Open. If this is the case, access the Tutorial documents by navigating to the /Library/Application Support/MakeMusic/Finale/Music Files/Tutorials folder. Tutorial 6a.MUSX.
Adding articulations individually
The positioning of Articulations is fixed to its notehead or stem whenever the music moves horizontally, and may flip above/below the staff accordingly as the pitch is changed. Let's add a tenuto articulation to the first dotted quarter note in the vocal part.
To add an articulation
Applying articulations to multiple notes
Like the Expression tool, the Articulation tool allows you to drag-select several notes or measures and apply the same articulation at once.
To apply articulations to several notes at once
- Drag-select beats 3 and 4 in measure 3, top staff.
- Click Select.
- Double-click the tenuto marking (slot 7).
- Click OK.