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I have a measure that's already written, apart from a flourish of grace notes.  I want them alternating in the hands like what I drew in purple (exact pitches will be different ofc); what you see in black is what's already there in finale:




What's the best way to do this?  Since that half-note is sitting there at the beginning of the measure, it doesn't want to let me cross them.  Can I write them in the staffs separately and then combine the beams somehow?

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… Since that half-note is sitting there at the beginning of the measure, it doesn't want to let me cross them …

 

I see no difficulties with the cross-staff notation.

 

The real problem here is the clef change; you need the Bass Clef to appear before the grace notes.

I was able to get the Bass Clef at the right position via a workaround:

 

1) Enter the half as a hidden tuplet: 2 Quarters in the space of 1 Quarter.

This means that the half has a duration of a quarter only (= only the first beat in the measure).

 

2) On the second beat, enter the clef change.

The Bass Clef will position itself before the second beat (= before the grace notes).

 

 

(To hide a rest, either move the rest down, e. g. with the plug-in Move Rests, or hide the rest by hitting the letter H key)

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Thanks!  Yeah, I eventually got it to work.  It was just 'being buggy' and not letting me drag the desired notes up (I was putting them on all the bottom stave).  Just tried it again later and it worked no problem.

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… It was just 'being buggy' and not letting me drag the desired notes up (I was putting them on all the bottom stave) …

 

From your description it sounds like you used the Note Mover Tool.

Instead, I used the keyboard shortcut to the Cross Staff plug-in:

1) Create the Tremolo first, using the Easy Tremolos plug-in.

The plug-in Easy Tremolos may “unbeam” grace notes; it is recommended that you run Easy Tremolos before you create grace notes in the same measure.

2) Enter the notes as 32nds.

When you have “cross-staffed” the notes, you can turn them into grace notes.

3) Apply Note Spacing, and make the measure wide so that you can select only 1/32 of the measure (= only the duration of a single 32nd).

3) (Selection Tool). Drag-select the staff for only one 32nd (= the 32nd you are going to “cross-staff”).

4) Hold down the correct modifier key (Windows: ALT; Mac: Option), and hit the UpArrow key to move the note up into the staff above. Repeat this step for each 32nd.

5) Turn each 32nd into a grace note.

If you do the grace notes in “backwards order”, beginning with the rightmost note, the grace notes will remain beamed.

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