MakeMusic Finale: How to notate drum set parts | tutorial

This MakeMusic Finale tutorial explores the best practices for notating drum set parts. Watch more at

This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter nine of the Finale 2012 Essential Training course presented by author Rick Schmunk. The complete Finale 2012 Essential Training course has a total duration of 6 hours and 13 minutes and shows how to notate musical scores, ranging from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, and bring them to life with instruments and share them with an audience

Finale 2012 Essential Training table of contents:

1. Hardware and Software Setup
2. Creating a Finale Document/Score
3. Navigating and Viewing Documents
4. Creating Lead Sheets and Other Simple Documents
5. Notating Music on a Grand Staff
6. Notating Choral and Other Polyphonic Music
7. Recording Real-Time Notation
8. Working with Scores
9. Working with Scores, Part 2 (Medium Score with Rhythm Section)
10. Advanced Formatting
11. Notating Music for Guitar: Tab, Fretboards, and Smart Shapes
12. Exporting Document Regions or Pages as Graphic Files


21 thoughts on “MakeMusic Finale: How to notate drum set parts | tutorial”

  1. You can't do slash and notes in the same bar. You do slash in a bar, two bars, three bars or one slash for a stave. For feels, you do silents with the classic rythmic notation as crochet rests, quarter rests and so on. but please, don't abuse with slashes ^^.

    Btw thanks for the nice tutorial mate 🙂

  2. Hi, I can't see the standard notation… I can't see the notes I can see only the ride cymbal and, For the bass drum, the snare and toms, i see only strange simbols.. how can I see what you see in the measure? thanx

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