Hi - I'm on MAC OS 10.9.5, Finale 2014.5. I would like to create an optional ending at the end of my piece. I thought of creating an ossia measure but need a grand staff. Can you suggest the best way to notate m 31 as an optional ending?Thanks!
One option would be to put the optional notes in an unused layer and resize the notes using the [Resize Tool].
(BTW, what do those brackets above and below notes mean. I'm not familiar with harp/string notation)
The other option would be to use the ossia workaround. (I'm on Windows, sorry)
Add two staves to the score using the [Staff Tool>New Blank Staves]. Decide if you want them above or below the original [Staff Tool>Reorder Staves].
Define the staff group so that barlines go through staves. Using the [Staff Tool], right-click on the handle that appears on the clef of the staff you want to define. Select [Add Group and Bracket]. In the Dialog Box, make sure [All measures] is selected (located at the top), define the range for the top staff and bottom staff, ensure that barlines are drawn [through staves].
Enter the music for the optional parts in the measures you want.
Select the complete range of your optional grand staff and hide the staves from the score, [Staff Tool>Hide Empty Staves]
Using the staff style [13. Force Hide Staff (Collapse)], hide the measures surrounding the optional ending. [Staff Tool>Right-click>Select Appropriate Staff Style]
Aesthetics. Add a brace (if desired) using the expression shape creator, and a complete left barline (should already be created in the [Miscellaneous] expressions as a vertical line). You can adjust the length of the vertical line by double clicking it and dragging the bottom handle down, so that it meets the left barline of the original staves. Also, you can decide if you want staff size of the ossia to be full-size or reduced (70-75%) using the [Resize Tool].