So there's a couple of ways to achieve a non-metered staff in Finale, so you may hear a couple different things. My suggestion would be to count how many beats you want in the one measure/system and make that number the time signature. Then using the staff tool, go to the menu Staff > Edit Staff Attributes and then in the bottom right, uncheck "Time Signature" under "Items To Display." The pain is that you have to count the beats for each measure/system before hand, so it requires a bit of pre-planning, but that will get you the non-metered look you're wanting. Again, there's a couple more ways to do this, but I thought I'd share what I do most often.
Thanks for the comments. I followed the suggestion using the Staff Tool and it worked well enough - it was actually fine, just AWFULLY cumbersome!! I'm beginning to think I should just brush up on my music calligraphy. It's a whole lot faster than using Finale most of the time. In general, the Finale program is a bit too much "inside the box" for my tastes.
I'll try the 100/4 or 100/8 idea one of these days. That may work better for longer chants with just the little phrase tic and no barlines.
1) I am not familiar with the symbols “oblique neumes” and “quilisma”.
Hence I can not tell whether the glyphs can be found in one of the music fonts you get for free with Finale.
If the shapes are not too complicated, then you could probably create them in the Shape Designer, and then add them as a shape articulation or as a shape expression.
The so called Shape Designer is a small drawing program inside Finale.
It is tailored for use in Finale, and it has some features that are Finale specific, like the option of displaying a staff behind the shape so that you can see, what the shape will look like in the score.
Also, you might be able to find the glyphs for“oblique neumes” and “quilisma” in some third party fonts (free fonts or pay-money-for fonts).
2) The location of the Clef Designer:
Document menu > Document Options > Clefs > Clef Designer…
3) Generally, to get to a specific dialog box in Finale (like the Clef Designer, or the Shape Designer), use the online manual’s search function.
Back to my earlier post. I don't see how to do neumes correctly in any recent version of Finale. Since I have a G4 and old versions of Finale, I'm trying to get a copy of Medieval plugin.
i recently compiled a list of resources for plainsong and chant. Although modern notation can approximate it, nothing really takes the place of the old notation, one of the many reasons there is still an interest.
i don't know of a current notation product that can do this. Back in the day, I used a Schaefer Calligraphy pen set. Unfortunately, my dominant arm is crippled by a stroke so that option is no longer available to me. This is why I'd like to see a software solution, too.
Thanks again! I searched in Finale help menu, but there was no Clef Designer there. I should have searched in the online manual....
I agree - it would be very fine if the Medieval plug-in could be updated. I have asked Klemm and got the answer it was not sold any longer, since it was not updated for the new versions of Finale. I will buy! Who is the producer och the plug-in? I'd like to ask for a new version.
Not for the faint of heart.. It is notation to .pdf—no playback. The more you know UNIX and working command line/Terminal, the easier it will be. Nonetheless, there are installers and directions for Linux, Mac and Windows.