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Hiya, here's what I'm looking to recreate:

Thanks,

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One way to do it:

A composite time signature of 4/4 + 3/4.

To get rid of the plus sign, go to

Document Options > Time Signatures

and change the Composite Time Signature Plus Sign Character to the space character.

Now the time signature will display as 4/4 3/4 (without the plus sign in between).

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Bingo, thanks so much.

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What if I want to put 3/4 and 6/8 on the same staff? Is that possible?

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… What if I want to put 3/4 and 6/8 on the same staff? Is that possible? …

 

Yes, that is possible.

 

However, it is not clear what you mean:

a) A composite time signature of 3/4 + 6/8 (so that one measure = 12 eighths).

b) Alternating time signatures of 3/4 and 6/8 (so that one measure = 6 eighths).

a) or b)?

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Thanks, Peter. It would be letter b). These meters alternate along the song but I don't want to write them every time it changes even more because sometimes one voice is in 6/8 and other in 3/4 and vice-versa. In addition, the song can be performed in either 3/4, 6/8 or a mix, depending on the interpretation. It's an arrangement I am making for choir and keyboard accompaniment.

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For each and every measure Finale must know the “real” time signature.

That is the way Finale works - since the “real” time signature “controls” how Finale “sees” the measure (beaming, playback):

What are the beats? - 3 beats in 3/4? - 2 beats in 6/8?

 

But the “real” time signature does not have to display.

 

… It would be letter b) …

 

In this example let us say that the pattern is

Measure 1 - 3/4; measure 2 - 6/8; measure 3 - 3/4; measure 4 - 6/8; &c.

In Other Words: Odd measure numbers - 3/4; even measure numbers - 6/8.

 

For measure 1, set the “real” time signature to 3/4.

Set the “display” time signature to 3/4 + 6/8, but change the Composite Time Signature Plus Sign Character to the space character.

 

For measure 2, set the “real” time signature to 6/8.

Set the “display” time signature to 3/4 + 6/8.

 

Make a Stack Selection of the first two measures, Copy, and Insert the two copied measures as many times as needed.

You can delete the measures after the (many) inserted messures.

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Lucky for Leonard Bernstein that he (or the assistant to which he'd have handed off the computer entry) didn't have to worry about computer notation software when he wrote "America."

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Thanks again, Peter and yes, J. Adrian, Bernstein wrote 6/8 and a 3/4 inside parentheses. This would do for me even if Finale would think that 6/8 is the "real" time signature. I don't want to saturate the score with a time signature per measure. I might have to use the Text tool to write the 3/4 inside parentheses, right?

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… I might have to use the Text tool to write the 3/4 inside parentheses, right? …

 

I would use the Expression Tool, not the Text Tool.

With the Expression Tool you can define a precise positioning, and you can get it in all the staves “at one fell swoop”.

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Thanks a lot. It's surely easier with the Expression tool although if I want to put the 3 above 4 I need to use the Text tool for the parenthesis. In sum, handwriting would be way quicker.

 

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… if I want to put the 3 above 4, I need to use the Text tool for the parenthesis …

 

No need to use the Text Tool.

It can all be done with the Expression Tool.

 

Either

- use multiple expressions, and set their Default Positioning as needed,

or

- use one single expression, created as a shape expression.

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