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John Santana
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   Posted 7/23/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Many scores--especially from the 19th century--use the "correct" spelling for notes. That means lots of double sharps and flats that I can live without for my purposes.  Is there a way to automatically respell these for the score or region?
 
This type of thing is quite important to me because I spend many hours manually changing this sort of thing. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
JS
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   Posted 7/23/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Accidental spelling divides the Finale user group, and probably most other musicians too. As someone who plays the piano in a jazz/show environment, I value correct enharmonic spellings: in my head, Cb and B are not the same chord, and depending upon context, one or the other is correct. But other musicians have different needs, and prefer "easy" spellings rather than "correct" ones.

To change any one note in Finale, go to Speedy and highlight the notehead, before pressing "9". To change a chord, select the chord (but no note in particular), and keep pressing "9" until you see the spelling you want.

Sadly, Finale is not "intelligent" in this respect: if you change one note in one measure, by holding <ctrl> when you press 9, any other notes at that exact pitch are also changed, in the measure you're in, in the staff you're in. Other staves, measures, or duplicate sections of music, require the same manual intervention.

One trick that sometimes saves time is to highlight a zone, and transpose it into the relative major/minor while "hold notes at existing pitch" is selected. It's a blunt tool, but can get rid of some of the worst cases of double-flat excess if you don't like that sort of thing.

Brian


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