In the previous post, we discussed the basic parameters of using and assigning metatools with the expression and articulation tool. In this post, we’ll discuss how to use metatools effectively with the selection tool.
There are several predefined metatools when a note(s) or measure(s) is selected.
1 – Implodes music for multiple staves. Think of this as a piano reduction.
2 – Explodes music for multiple staves. Takes one stave and separates the harmony.
3 – Displays the time duration of the selected passage.
4 – Applies Note Spacing
5 – Applies Beat Spacing
6 – Moves notes or passage Down a Second diatonically
7 – Moves notes or passage Up a Second diatonically
8 – Moves notes or passage Down an Octave
9 – Moves notes or passage Up an Octave
The transposition metatools assigned to numbers 6 – 9 can be changed.
While in the selection tool, press Command+Shift (Control+Shift on PC) and a number key (6-9). Finale displays the Transposition dialog box.
Select the desired transposition, and click OK. The next time you have music selected and press the metatool, the transposition will happen automatically, without having to use the Transposition dialog box.
A transposition shortcut you may want to consider is adding an octave up or down to a particular passage. In the example below, assume I’ve assigned the number 6 to add an octave up. I highlight the passage and press 6.
Here is the result.
Dialog boxes are bypassed, and tedious mouse clicking is avoided.
Finally, metatools in the Selection Tool are program-wide, meaning once they are programmed, they work in every document you open moving forward. This is not the case with metatools that you assign for other tools, which are document specific.