Finale Percussion font

The Finale Percussion font includes icons to represent a wide variety of percussion instruments, mallets, techniques, and unique notations. These pictograms, developed in 1974 by a conference of more than eighty musicians representing seventeen countries, are favored by publishers like Southern, TRN, and others because they allow for immediate recognition across language barriers. Some pictograms, such as castanets, vibraslap, and cannon, are unique to the Finale Percussion font, and in some cases, alternate versions are provided.

To enter a character, hold the ALT key while using the numpad to enter the number combination listed in order. The numbers do not need to be held like the ALT key. When the ALT key is released, the character appears. All of these characters can also be selected by using Text > Font to choose the desired font and Text > Inserts > Symbol to open the Symbol Selection dialog box.

Characters marked with a dagger (†) "dovetail" when they are repeated; for example, repeating the character Constant circular motion segment (SHIFT + 9) results in a continuous Constant circular motion.

Finale Percussion Character Set

Keystroke Character Description Keystroke Character Description
SHIFT+p Timpani q Timpani, soft mallet
w Timpani, medium mallet r Timpani, wood mallet
e Timpani, hard mallet SHIFT+y Triangle
l Triangle beater z Knitting needle
ALT+0171 Crotales ALT+0188 Finger cymbals
SHIFT+b Cowbell ` Flexatone
ALT+0175 Brake drum SHIFT+a Tamtam
ALT+0191 Gong ALT+0247 Gong with button (nipple)
SHIFT+z Claves ALT+0242 Vibraslap
ALT+0234 Sandpaper blocks ALT+0194 Ratchet
SHIFT+c Guiro b Guiro scraper
SHIFT+f Maracas ALT+0235 Maracas
ALT+0231 Castanets SHIFT+d Cabasa
SHIFT+s Wood block ALT+0239 Log drum
SHIFT+g Glockenspiel SHIFT+j Xylophone
t Xylophone, soft mallet i Hard sticks (wood or plastic heads) or xylophone, wood mallet
y Xylophone, medium mallet u Xylophone, hard mallet
j Brass mallet SHIFT+k Marimba
SHIFT+h Vibraphone m Bow
o Yarn, soft beater p Yarn, medium beater
[ Yarn, hard beater SHIFT+l Pitched mallet instrument
ALT+0229 Tubular bells ALT+0190 Chimes
ALT+0168 Bongo ALT+0207 Timbales
ALT+0246 Conga SHIFT+r Field drum (or military drum) with snares on
SHIFT+q Snare drum (snares off) SHIFT+w Snare drum
g Snare sticks h Jazz sticks (plastic tip snare sticks)
v Wire brushes n Spoon-shaped wooden mallet
ALT+0252 Tom-tom SHIFT+e Tenor drum
SHIFT+u Bass drum SHIFT+i Bass drum (on side)
a Bass drum, soft mallet f Bass drum, double mallet
s Bass drum, medium mallet (or chimes mallet) d Bass drum, hard mallet
1 Swing down (handbells) 2 Swing up (handbells)
3 Damp (handbells) SHIFT+3 Damp, alternate (handbells)
4 Martellato (handbells) 5 Muted martellato (handbells)
6 Hand martellato (handbells) 7 Martellato lift (handbells)
8 Mallet, bell on table (handbells) 9 Mallet lift (handbells)
SHIFT+4 Swing (handbells) SHIFT+2 Pluck lift (handbells)
SHIFT+5 Table single handbell SHIFT+7 Table pair of handbells
0 Echo (handbells) SHIFT+1 Gyro (handbells), scrape around rim
SHIFT+= Mallet bell suspended (handbells), rim shot x Rim shot
SHIFT+t Crash cymbals SHIFT+v Hi-hat
ALT+0214 Hi-hat cymbals on stand ALT+0187 Vietnamese hat cymbal
ALT+0130 Suspended cymbal SHIFT+n Sizzle cymbal
ALT+0211 Cymbal tongs SHIFT+- Drumstick (for cymbal strike location)
ALT+0129 Temple blocks ALT+0201 Sistrum
ALT+0236 Goblet drum (djembe, doumbek) SHIFT+m Board clapper (whip or slapstick)
ALT+0140 Wind chimes ALT+0241 Wind machine
SHIFT+x Sleigh bells ALT+0172 Police whistle
ALT+0196 Slide whistle SHIFT+o Tambourine
ALT+0180 Almglocken ALT+0199 Slit drum
ALT+0228 ClosedCar hornGreat job! ALT+0167 Bell
ALT+0141 Anvil c Metal hammer
ALT+0212 Hammer k Rawhide hammer
ALT+0238 Cannon ALT+0169 Siren
ALT+0160 Gunshot ALT+0227 Lion's roar
ALT+0210 Bell plate ALT+0206 Thunder sheet
ALT+0174 Bird whistle ALT+0192 Wind whistle (or mouth siren)
ALT+0213 Duck call ALT+0248 Klaxon horn
\ Fist ] Finger
; Hand SHIFT+; Fingernail
. Right hand (Agostini) SHIFT+. At normal position
, At center (Ghent) SHIFT+, At center
/ At rim (Ghent) SHIFT+/ At rim
SHIFT+9 Constant circular motion segment† SHIFT+0 Constant circular motion segment (large)†
ALT+0208 Constant circular motion segment (flipped)† ALT+0209 Constant circular motion segment (flipped, large)†
ALT+0165 Quasi-random squiggle† ALT+0166 Quasi-random squiggle, alternate†
ALT+0193 Narrow wavy line segment† ALT+0163 Wide wavy line segment†
ALT+0170 Sawtooth line segment† ALT+0162 Wide sawtooth line segment†
ALT+0164 Narrow wavy line segment† -  

See also:


Finale Character Sets