Non-Standard Tuplets in Finale

Hello Superuser! When you spend enough time writing music, you're likely going to need to create tuplets other than triplets.

Those could be 5-tuplets (quintuplets), 7-tuplets (hepttuplets), 9-tuplets (nontuplets), or really any crazy combination you can think of.

While these tuplets may seem daunting to create, they are actually quite simple. And best of all, you can create them in both Simple Entry and Speedy Entry. So let's get started!


Using Simple Entry

First, let's start off by adding a normal triplet. To do so:

1. Enter Simple Entry
2. Write the first note of the triplet
3. Press "9"

That will create a triplet. Now you can just enter in the notes for that triplet!

Creating these non-standard tuplets is a very similar process.

1. Enter Simple Entry
2. Write the first note of the tuplet
3. Press:
      • Option 9 for Mac
      • Alt 9 for Windows
4. Select the number of notes you want in the tuplet and the duration
5. Press OK
6. Enter the rest of the tuplet

That's it! You now have a non-standard tuplet.


Using Speedy Entry

There are actually two different ways to create non-standard tuplets with Speedy Entry.

If you're just wanting to create tuplets of the same note value, you can use option (for Mac) or control (for Windows) plus the number for the note. So for instance, Option 5 will create quintuplets. These work with tuplets from 2-8.

Side note: You'll need to use the numpad. So Option 5 means 5 on the numpad, not the keyboard. On Mac only, you can do Option Function 5 with the keyboard 5 instead.

But for more fine-tune controls on tuplets, it's also possible to get to a similar menu as Simple Entry.

Remember how the normal triplets work only from 2-8? That's partly because you can use Option 1 (Control 1 for Windows) to get to the Tuplet Definition menu.

From there, you have the same tuplet options as Simple Entry.

1. Enter Speedy Entry
2. Click a measure to create the Speedy Entry Frame
3. Type:
      • Option 1 (Mac)
      • Control 1 (Windows)
4. Select the number of notes you want in the tuplet and the duration
5. Press OK
6. Enter the rest of the tuplet

Not too hard, right?



Of course, because of the flexibility these non-standard tuplets offer, you can create almost any tuplet you can think of!

As always, if you found this post helpful, make sure to share it with at least one colleague to help them as well. Every bit helps.

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