The CUSTOS Tool (French guidon, German Wächter, Italian guida)

The custos (or  direct or  guide note ) is an optional sign placed at the end of a system and showing the position of the first note of the next system. (Note that this most useful sign lasted even until J.S. Bach's times, but then disappeared from music books later on...)

The Custos tool creates custos as Finale's expressions automatically. The position of the custos is also handled automatically.

NB: In Medieval 1, you had to enter the custos as a note; this is no longer the case.

Placing a custos on a specific system

  • With Finale's Selection tool, select a portion of the system where you want the custos to be placed.
  • Click the Custos tool on the palette (or invoke it from Medieval's menu.)

Placing a custos on every system

  • Select all (or don't select anything: Medieval will ask you if you want to process the entire score.)
  • Click the Custos tool.

Updating the position of the custos for a system

  • Simply  something within the system and click the Custos tool

Deleting a custos

  • Simply select the custos with Finale's Selection tool and press Delete.

You can choose the custos character from the Options dialog box.


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