The staccato mark (•) is an articulation. For complete instructions on creating and manipulating articulation markings, see Articulations.
Human Playback interprets and performs staccato marks during playback automatically. However, you can use these instructions to define a specific playback effect. To hear changes to the playback definition of articulations, you must first set Human Playback to None in the
- Choose the Articulation tool and select the staccato mark:
- If the staccato mark is already in your score, double-click its handle. The Articulation Designer dialog box appears.
- If you haven’t yet placed the mark in the score, click any note. When the Articulation Selection dialog box appears, click the desired symbol and click Edit. The Articulation Designer dialog box appears.
- Under Playback Effect, choose Change Duration from the
dropdownmenu. Select Values Are Percentages. Enter 50 as the Top Note Value; leave the Bottom Note Value blank.
You’re telling Finale that a note affected by this mark should last only 50% as long as it normally would. You can use any percentage you like instead of 50%—just be sure Values Are Percentages is selected.
ENTERto exit the dialog box(es).
If you want to create a staccato playback effect but you don’t need an actual staccato mark on each of the affected notes, you can use the MIDI tool to achieve the same effect by altering the Start and Stop Times of the notes.
- Choose the MIDI tool and select the region to be affected.
- If you want to edit only particular notes on a single staff, double-click the highlighted area to enter the MIDI
tool split-window. Select the specific notes whose durations you want to edit.
Once in the MIDI
tool split-window, you can select entire regions of notes by dragging through the “graph” area of the window. You can also choose specific notes to edit by selecting their handles (in the notation display at the bottom of the window). Select one handle by clicking, additional handles by SHIFT+clicking, a group of handles by drag-enclosing, and additional groups by SHIFT–drag-enclosing.
- Choose MIDI tool > Edit Note Durations.
- Choose MIDI tool > Percent Alter. The Percent Alteration - Note Durations dialog box appears, letting you specify how much shorter you want each note to be.
- Enter 50 (or any other percentage).
You’re telling Finale how much to shorten each note relative to its notated full value (50% of full value, for example).
- Click OK.
To restore the affected notes to their full values, select the affected measures and press
BACKSPACEor use Edit > Clear Selected Items to erase Performance Data.