What did you learn about Finale?
I learned how to use articulation, expression and how to add slurs, crescendo and decrescendo. To add articulation you have to click the articulation option, click where you want articulation and then choose what type of articulation you want. To add expression, the concept is the same. It is the same process. To add slurs, you double click where the slur starts and double click where the slur ends. For crescendo, you do the same thing. Double click where it starts and double click where it ends. For decrescendo, you double click where it ends and then double click where it starts. This is what I learned from Finale Notepad.
Did you find Finale easy to use?
At first it is quite difficult to use because there are so many things that are kind of hidden and you need to search them to find them. Then, you kind of get used to it and it is very manageable. Writing music would probably be much easier to write on paper but the thing that it very good in Finale Notepad is that you can play the music and see what it sounds like. This helps you see if anything sounds weird or unusual. Sometimes, it can be very frustrating but then you get used to it and you pretty much know where everything is.
Is there anything you found frustrating or difficult to do or find?
As I said above, at the start it is very hard to find things and you spend so much time navigating with no result. But then eventually you find it and it becomes much more clear and you know what you are doing. What I still wasn’t able to find was how to delete measures. There is a place where it says ‘delete measure but it doesn’t let me. It took me lots of time to understand how it works. Now, I am able to use Finale Notepad pretty well.
Is Finale easier than writing out the music using paper and pencil?
I think that at first it is easier to use paper and pencil. Then, when you start when you start getting used to Finale Notepad it is the same. It just depends on ones preference. What I prefer to use is Finale Notepad because you can listen to what you have made so you can listen as you are creating.