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Using three layers in Finale

Wondering why one might use three layers in Finale? Here's an example from Peter Thomsen over at Finale's forum:

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Thanks for the great example! To separate the voices even more, I'll try changing the stem direction:

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There, what do you think? Let me know.

Here's another example of a situation in which one might use three voices (as per the Finale forum), however, I haven't gotten it to work yet.

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The 8th note low a in measure 4 does not play in playback, no matter what I do. As a workaround, I tried inserting a whole note low a in layer 3, thinking that I would make it invisible, and that it would play in playback...but it did not to the forums ( for an answer!