Keyless scores

You can now save time setting up your score in Finale by creating keyless scores without having to change transposition manually. In older versions of Finale, each instrument had to be manually set to a chromatic transposition. This time-consuming process is now unnecessary due to Keyless key signatures. You can also hide a key signature while continuing to display the corresponding accidentals using the Hide Key Signature and Show All Accidentals option. These two methods are ideal for several situations, including:

  • Atonal or tonal pieces where accidentals are preferred
  • Switching between keyless and keyed sections
  • Older notation conventions (no key signatures for Horn in F, Timpani, Trumpet, Mallet Percussion, etc.)

In a region of measures set to Keyless, accidentals follow rules chosen in the Enharmonic Spelling submenu; if Use Spelling Tables is selected, the keyless region acts as if it were in C major. Transposed instruments still follow their usual enharmonic behavior, and when viewing in concert pitch, accidentals appear in transposed instruments as usual. Notes copied to or from a region with a keyless key signature do not transpose.

Also, a keyless key signature or a key signature with Hide Key Signature and Show All Accidentals checked can be assigned to a Metatool like other key signatures; see Metatools.

Note that in keyless scores, chord symbols in transposed parts are transposed as if the score is in C major. Also, transposing instruments in keyless scores or passages will display their usual transposing key signatures when saved as a Finale 2012 file.

The introduction of keyless scores also makes it easier than ever to convert your Sibelius documents to Finale.

Tip: Keep in mind that choosing a keyless key signature has no effect on transpositions, whereas choosing Hide Key Signature and Show All Accidentals still treats the region as having a key signature.