With all of the options available in Finale, I’m not sure that it can’t be done.
Some of this is copied from an old Finale manual—may be a little different in 27: A staff can have up to 100 lines and they can be hidden when you are done. Likewise, you can enter notes with and without a time signature that can also be hidden. Use the Resize tool to change the overall size of the music, as described in To reduce or enlarge all the music on a page (or the entire piece). Once that’s done, make the notes themselves smaller (or larger) relative to the staff by choosing Fonts in the Document Options dialog box (under the Document menu), clicking the Music button, and specifying a slightly smaller (or larger) point size for the music font in which they’re displayed. You can also change stem sizes etc. When you have it the way you want, Save As a Template.
Whether to use custom slurs or the graphics tool for your lines between notes is something you’ll have to play with.
I assume you know how to do this by hand — if not, here’s a decent tutorial and you can use that to design your template.. https://youtu.be/rgjCtsW9cxc
I had eye surgery yesterday and can barely read so am useless in Finale today. If I know your string spacing (top to bottom), number of strings and the tuning of your psaltry (name every string), I can probably knock out a template later this week when I can read.
For page layout and graphics, I use Swift Publisher. Not free but has a number of templates that made it well worth the $20 and it gets regular updates.
I don't want "each string" and have never asked for that. Please hook the metal tab over the first string and let me know measurement at the 15th string. Don't pull so that the first string deflects. This is my third request for that measurement and I don't know how else to ask.
Creating sheet music for a plucked psaltery, also known as a lap harp or zither, involves notating the melody or chords that you want to play on the instrument. Here are the steps to create plucked psaltery sheet music:
Select a Key and Time Signature:
Decide on the key (e.g., C major, G major) in which you want to write the music.
Choose a time signature (e.g., 4/4, 3/4) to determine the rhythm and meter of your piece.
Determine the Melody or Chords:
Decide whether you want to write a melody, chords, or both for your plucked psaltery piece.
If writing a melody, choose the notes you want to use. Psalteries often have diatonic scales, so keep that in mind when selecting notes.
If including chords, determine the chord progression and the specific notes in each chord.
Use Sheet Music Software:
To create professional-looking sheet music, consider using sheet music notation software such as Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore, or Noteflight. These programs make it easier to input and format your music.
Input the Notes:
Start inputting the notes into the software, beginning with the melody or chord progression. You can either play the notes on a MIDI keyboard or input them manually using your computer keyboard or mouse.
Use the software to notate the rhythm by selecting note durations (e.g., whole notes, half notes, quarter notes) and rests. Ensure that your rhythms match the time signature you selected.
Add Articulations and Dynamics:
Enhance the musical expression by adding articulations (e.g., staccato, legato) and dynamics (e.g., forte, piano) where appropriate.
Formatting and Layout:
Format your sheet music by adjusting the layout, including page size, margins, and spacing. Make sure the notation is clear and easy to read.
Lyrics and Chords (Optional):
If your piece includes lyrics or chord symbols, add them below or above the staff, respectively.
Check for Errors:
Review your sheet music for accuracy, including note pitches, rhythms, and any notational elements. Make corrections as needed.
Play the sheet music on your plucked psaltery to ensure that it sounds as you intended. Make any necessary adjustments based on how it sounds when played.
Print or Share:
Once you're satisfied with your plucked psaltery sheet music, you can print it or share it digitally with others.
Consider Tablature (Optional):
If you want to create sheet music that includes specific plucking instructions for the psaltery, you can also create tablature notation. Tablature indicates which strings to pluck and where to place your fingers on the strings.
Remember that creating sheet music is a creative process, and you can tailor it to your specific musical preferences and intentions. Whether you're writing an original composition or transcribing an existing piece, sheet music notation software can be a valuable tool to help you create accurate and visually appealing plucked psaltery sheet music.