# How to write this measure on Finale Notepad?

I'm trying to transpose a PDF Piano Sheet to Finale Notepad so I can hear and practice together.

I'm having trouble writing this:

So, this looks really weird. Because the upper one (sorry, I don't know the names in english) have two half notes (finger 5) and 8 eight notes at the same time.

Is this notation correct? I don't think so.

I think whoever wrote it wanted the finger 5 from right hand to keep the key pressed while doing the other notes with the other fingers, i don't know.

• I am a bit confused as to what you're trying to say. If you meant how to play this, the common practice is to hold the half notes while playing the eighth notes if possible. If you are referring to writing finger numbers, this is fine, but you don't need to write finger numbers for this simple passage. If you meant how to write this in Finale, use two different layers. Hope this helped! Apr 29, 2017 at 3:32
• The notation is correct, except the stem of the E should be up, not down.
– user19146
Apr 29, 2017 at 3:36
• @AnselChang Thanks! Layers is what I was looking for. And yes, I could imagine the way to play it by looking but could not write on finale without using layers. Apr 29, 2017 at 16:44
• @alephzero I've never seen it before, but then again, I'm very new to this. I was able to write it on Finale using layers but it displays the rest notes above the half notes. And both stems are now down. I'm not sure how to configure that to be up but I guess it is enough for what I want for now. Thanks. Apr 29, 2017 at 16:49
• Yes. Make sure the half notes (E and D) are in layer one, and the eighth notes in layer two. Then I think you will find the rests in the right place. The half notes' stems will automatically go up. Feb 22, 2018 at 4:30

The notation is correct (although it might be more usual to have the first half-note with its stem up).

There are two 'voices' to be played in the RH. In this case - a simple sustained melody with broken chords underneath - it's very easily achieved using the fingering indicated.

Keyboard players are often presented with much more complex problems. Work this one out!

That technique of combining melodies/harmonies on the same line is called counterpoint. Here's a good reference: https://www.britannica.com/art/counterpoint-music.

I used to occasionally see it in piano music, but once I started playing organ I encountered it all over the place, mainly because of two reasons:

1. notes don't decay naturally like they do on piano, they are at 100% volume until you release it
2. organs don't have a sustain pedal, so whereas using all 8th notes in the right hand of your example on piano might result in a very similar sound to using counterpoint, on organ it would make a big difference.

That all being said, I have notated counterpoint frequently in Finale, and it's done using Layers as previous commenters have identified. In the course of notating counterpoint I've often put notes on the wrong layer as it can be confusing and annoying to correct, so I suggest using Layer 2 for the simplest of the two counterpoint pieces so you don't have to switch back and forth as much.

• Hardly counterpoint. Just a polyphonic texture. Counterpoint implies independent melodies in multiple voices. This is just filler. Jan 13, 2019 at 2:46