Whether you're a musician or not, these fonts are a unique and useful collection with many features. If text fonts are your interest, you'll want the JazzText and JazzText Extended fonts.
Jazz: This is the MUSIC
font. It contains all the characters needed for music notation, such as
note heads, accidentals, articulations, and more. Finale users: Be sure to load the accompanying libraries into your Finale documents when using this font (Jazz Document, Jazz Articulations, Jazz Dynamics and Jazz Rehearsal Letters). All of the document information needed to use this font is in these libraries. (See the brief explanation of the libraries below). The Jazz Templates
that came with the Jazz Font Set already have the libraries loaded.
JazzText: The selection of
characters makes this font special. You can use these brackets for enclosures, such as boxes for rehearsal letters or numbers. You can also make brackets
of any text expression. See the character maps for your choices of brackets and their keystrokes.
JazzText Extended: This font is the latest addition to the Jazz Font Set and is identical to the JazzText font, only instead of the bracket characters, in contains the extended characters that are used in text containg international letters such as:
JazzCord: This is the CHORD SUFFIX
font. It contains characters that make up entire chord suffixes as well
as the letters used to denote the chord itself. Time has been taken to
piece all of the suffixes together - such as
- within the characters of
the font itself in order to give them a more hand written look. However,
in case you desire to create your own suffixes, I have broken them down
into smaller pieces . These suffixes
are also intelligent in that they are fully transposable in Finale just
like your own chord suffixes. You can load the libraries, Jazz
Chords and Jazz Chords 2
which have all of the suffixes, or you can create your own libraries.
Note that both libraries are the same except for the way the major and
minor symbols are notated. In the first library, major is notated with
a triangle and minor with a dash. In the second library, major is written
as MA and minor is MI. Choose a library based on your preference. *TIP*
Be sure to select JazzCord as your chord symbol and chord accidental
font. If you don't, Finale will display the accidentals incorrectly.
JazzPerc: This is the most recently added
font to the family of fonts. It is based on the Tamburo font that accompanies
Finale. All of the characters are present, but with the look of the Jazz
Jazz Allotments: This contains the note
spacing ALLOTMENTS that I use.
Jazz Articulations: This is the ARTICULATION
library. It contains items such as staccatos, accents, house tops, falls
and glissandos. These characters are all contained in the Jazz font.
Jazz Chords: This is the CHORD SUFFIX
library that goes with the Jazz Chord font. You can use this library
or create your own.
Jazz Chords 2: This is the same as the
jazzcord.lib with the exception of the major and minor notation, as explained
Jazz Document Settings: This is the most
important library for use of the music font. Without it you might
just see a bunch of notes, stems and flags, none of which are lined up.
It also contains additional DOCUMENT information which you can change in
the Options menu in Finale. This library will change many aspects of your
document, some of which you may not want changed, so before loading this
library, make sure you're aware of what you're changing. Basically,
everything under the Options menu is affected. To load this library:
Go to File/Open Library and go to the path where jazzdoc.lib is located,
select jazzdoc.lib and click OK. This will load in the settings for
stem connections and just about everything else under the Options menu
in Finale. (All other libraries are loaded the same way.
Jazz Dynamics: This TEXT EXPRESSION library
contains dynamics such as mezzo-forte (mf) and double-piano (pp). This
was created so that you don't have to go find the characters when creating
your own library. Also included are three different sizes of crescendos
Jazz Measure Rests: This is a SHAPES library
which contains a multi-measure rest shape that I like to use. You
may want to use your own shape.
Jazz Rehearsal Letters: This is a rehearsal
letter library. It contains rehearsal letters from A to Z, all of
which are enclosed in a box. This is a TEXT EXPRESSION library.
Jazz Repeats: This contains all of the
TEXT REPEATS, such as D.S. al coda, etc. These expressions are complete