Unknown Chord Suffix dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose the Chord tool icon. The Chord menu appears.
  2. Choose one of the three chord analysis options from the Chord menu: Allow MIDI Input, One-Staff Analysis, or Two-Staff Analysis.
  3. Click a chord in the score, or click a note and play a chord on your MIDI keyboard, whose suffix hasn’t been loaded into, or created in, this piece.

What it does

When Finale encounters a chord it doesn’t recognize, this dialog box is displayed, asking how to handle the situation. You can decrease the number of times it appears if you load a Chord Suffix Library into your piece—or if you have the Maestro Font default file in place, which already has a Chord Suffix Library loaded.

  • Let Finale Do It. Click this option if you want Finale to do its best to identify the chord. Finale always identifies a chord correctly—but it doesn’t always label it the same way you would, particularly in the case of very complex chords, or ones from which some tones are missing.
  • Cancel. Click Cancel to return to the score, where you can re-enter the chord.
  • I’ll Do It. Click this option to open the Chord Definition dialog box and construct the chord yourself (such as a major sixth chord or a V–11 chord like F/G), including its suffix. Once the chord has been defined, Finale recognizes this chord in any inversion and register (but only if it’s built on the same root) and correctly identifies it the next time it occurs.

See also:

Chord symbols

Edit Learned Chords dialog box