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Windows 10, Finale 27.x (current)

Hi all,

I have read some of the answers pertaining to guitar chord playback, but some are up to 12 years old.

So, just in case there is something new...

How might I get a guitar chord to play back with a note I designate to be the top note?

In other words, say I want a melody of G-F-Eb-D, with chords corresponding.
Hope this makes sense,

Thank you!
:-)
Vanessa

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While it is true that you can edit the chord suffix playback*), you can not use the Chord Suffix Editor to get proper {chord sequence} voicing - since the chord suffix will play back with the same intervals in all 12 transpositions.

 

*) In the Chord Suffix Editor; click the Set Play… button.

 

Two ideas:

 

1) Make duplicates of each suffix (so that you have e. g. 3 copies of the suffix m).

Edit the playback for each suffix copy.

Then, use the copy needed in the actual context.

 

2) Mute the Chord Playback (bottom of Chord menu > Enable Chord Playback).

Use playback notes in a hidden layer.

 

Personally I would go for 2) - to get full chord playback flexibility - but you might be able to make 1) work in the actual context.

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Nessa,

Hello Kido hope all is well. Just like using Noteperformer 4 for sound is a departure from how Finale works from the box, I use two files. One for score printing and one for sound. You probably already know you can have several or many expressions with different assignments. Like a "rit." for example. You need different slow downs in different places. Finale allows you to do that. Well you can do the same with chord prefixes but I never use them beyond showing the chord as a display.

I would do number 2) in PT's suggestion but using a separate sound file there is no need to hide anything. In fact it is easier to do and make any necessary edits to it that way. I really don't mess much with sound playback like a lot guys do but you can do things to the separate sound file that reflects what you notated in the score. Again using a "rit." as an example you can put one on each note each one slower than the previous. You can make a fermata exactly as long as you intend it to be.

The only down side is you have to remember you have two files and an edit may require an edit in both. Probably not but it could because the score file is for printing and the sound file is more how you want it to sound. Let's you have a more realistic feeling for how it will sound.

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I started making my Conductor's score just another (specially formatted) "part" for my full Working score. That let me keep the printable and playable scores together. I don't claim this will work for everyone, but I found it a useful solution.

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Hi all,

I think this is a case of "what he said..."  ;-)
I like the idea of making a duplicate file for audio playback. I rename the duplicate to include "AUDIO". Also, one the first page of the audio playback score I insert a large text box with very large print "FOR AUDIO PLAYBACK" -- all to help me remember which is what.

I really like the idea that Peter offered and Ernie seconded, that of hiding the playback notes.

Thank you all, again!
:-)
Vanessa

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If you have a separate sound file there is no need to hide anything. In fact it is better to leave everything showing as it makes editing more easy. It doesn't even matter if everything is pretty just that it plays back as you want it to. 

The only downside to two files is you have to remember if you make a change in one you may need to change the other. Not always but keep that in mind.

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Thanks, Ernie,

Great points!

:-)
Vanessa

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Keeping everything visible in your project, especially when you have a separate sound file, does make editing more straightforward. 

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Thank you, Bridget

That is the way I now do it.

:-)
Vanessa

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