Learning Sibelius
 

This tutorial assumes that you have already installed Sibelius version 7.1 and are familiar with basic Mac or PC computer skills.
 
 
Launching The Program
 
Launch the program by double clicking the program icon.
You will now hear some wonderful introduction music and be presented with the following window:
 
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Sibelius comes with many preloaded templates that you can use to set up your score. For this tutorial, we are going to start with the Blank template.
 
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Click on the Blank template to launch it. You will now see the following:
 
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The above window allows us to configure our score. We are going to start by working on a string quartet.
 
For Document Setup, we are going to leave the Page size to Letter. This is where you would change the page size of your score. You may also select Portrait or Landscape for your score view. Let’s leave it on Portrait.
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The next selection is House Style. This allows us to select the various styles for our score. By holding your mouse on the up/down arrows you will be presented with a variety of styles. Let’s select Standard Opus (Times)
 
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Next, click on the Change Instruments button. This allows us to add staves (instruments) to our score.
 
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You will now see the following window:
 
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Since this is going to be a string quartet, located the strings pull down menu and select Violin 1.
 
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Next, select Add To Score
 
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You will now see your Violin 1 stave (instrument) added to the score column on the right hand side of the dialog box.
 
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Follow the same procedure to add Violin 2, Viola, and Cello. When you are done, you should see the following:
 
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Click on the OK button to complete the process. image015
 
You will now see your string quartet appear in left hand side of the dialog box.
 
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We are now going to select a time signature using the Time Signature dialog box. For now let’s select 4/4. Note: you may have to use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the dialog box to scroll down for more selections.
 
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For this exercise we are going to add a pickup quarter note to start the piece. So select the following:
 
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We are now going to add a tempo marking:
 
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For a Key Signature select the following (G major):
 
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The Score Information dialog box allows you to enter in title, composer etc. Let’s title this Lesson 1.  I have entered in the following:
 
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If you check the Create title page box, Sibelius will also create a title page.
 
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Click on the Create button image023 and you will now see your score. Note: You may have to expand the window by dragging the lower right-hand side of the Sibelius window, so that you can see your score and title page.
 
 
 
Saving Your Work
 
Once you have created your score, it is a good idea to save your document.
 
Go to the File pull down menu located at the top of the Sibelius window and select Save
 
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You will now see the Save dialog box. I always like to save my files to the desktop for quick access.
 
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Click on the Save button and you will now see the following file appear on your desktop.
 
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Selecting Different Views
 
Now that you have created your string quartet, you may notice that Sibelius is displaying your document showing pages. You may also notice that Sibelius has several Tabs showing across the top of the program.
 
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This is where you will be spending most of your time while working on a score or lead sheet. We will be going through all of the tabs in this tutorial.
 
While it is nice to view your document in pages, it can become cumbersome if you are working on a large score with a lot of instruments. A better way to work is to have Sibelius display your measures in one continuous system, which Sibelius refers to as Panorama View.
 
To change to Panorama View, click on the View tab image029 located at the top of the Sibelius work window
 
You will now see a whole new set of options for the View tab. Locate
Panorama
 
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Click on it and it will turn yellow and change your score to one continuous system.
 
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You know that Panorama is selected because it now turns yellow. You may also change the size that you view your score by clicking on the
Zoom Tool. In this case, I have selected a view of 200%.
 
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Using the Zoom Tool is especially useful when you want to do some fine editing in your score.
 
Make sure that you put your score back to 100% and for now de-select Panorama view so that we are back in Page view.
 
Using The Navigator
 
When you are in Page View if you have a large score with a lot of pages, it becomes very time consuming to scroll through all the pages to locate the page that you want in the score. Sibelius uses something called the Navigator to help you speed up this process.
 
Note: That the Navigator is only available in Page view not in Panorama View!
 
Select the View Tab again and check the Keypad box.
 
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You will now see the Navigator appear in the lower right hand side of your screen.
 
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Use your mouse to grab the rectangular box inside the Navigator and notice that it moves your score window around as well. We have a very small score here (only five full measures), but you can get a general idea on how the Navigator will help you to navigate through much larger scores!
 
You may also use the bottom and right-hand Scroll Bars to move around your score, as well as using your mouse to grab the page and move through the score!
 
Adding Measures
 
We are now going to add some measures to our string quartet.
 
Select the Home tab in Sibelius.
 
Next, locate the Bars box.
 
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To add a single measure at the end of the document, click on the Add icon and select Add Bar At End
 
 
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You will now notice that a single new measure has been added to the end of your document.
 
To add multiple measures, select Add Multiple or Irregular Bars
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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In this case I have added 12 measures using my original time signature.
 
To delete a single measure, click on it once so that it is highlighted and then select Delete.
 
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To delete multiple measures or multiple measures across staves, just Shift-Click to select your measure region and then select Delete from the Bars box.
 
To change a barline, select the measure that you want to change and go to the Notations Tab in Sibelius and select Barline located in the Common Box.
 
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Click on the downward arrow and select the barline that you want.
 
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Adding New Staves
 
Sometimes when you create a score you may want to add an additional instrument or stave after you have stared. To do this, click on the Home Tab in Sibelius and from the Instruments Box select Add or Remove.
 
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You will now see the dialog box that we used when we first setup our score:
 
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In this case I am going to add a flute to my string quartet. I select it from the left-hand column and then click Add to Score to place it in the right-hand column.
 
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I have now added a flute staff to my original string quartet.
 
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Notice also that Sibelius has placed all the instruments in proper score order.
 
The Undo/Redo Command
 
Sibelius allows you multiple undo commands. This is especially handy if you make a mistake (which I do all the time)!
 

From the Edit pull down menu in Sibelius you can view undo/redo as well as the keyboard shortcuts for the commands. Below is the Mac version.
 
 

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To undo my flute staff creation I simply type Command Z on my Mac keyboard and my flute staff will disappear.
 

Project 1
 

Using the information that we already know, create a new Sibelius project titled your name Lesson 1. IE, Pfenninger Lesson 1.
 
You are now going to create a string quartet in the key of Bb Major 3/4 time with a tempo marking of Quarter note = 97, along with Trumpet in Bb and Alto saxophone in the score.
 
Notice that Sibelius will provide you with the correct transposition for the alto sax and trumpet!
 
 

Entering Notes Using The Keypad
 

Sibelius has several methods for entering notes into a score. We are going to start by using the keypad.
 
Open up your original string quartet document or create a new one.
 
To view the keypad, go to the View Tab and check keypad in the Panels Box.
 

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You should now see the keypad displayed on your Sibelius work area.
 

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The Keypad has six different layouts that are accessed by clicking on the icons at the top of the keypad.
 

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The Keypad mirrors the screen arrangement of your computer’s numeric keypad. Feel free to experiment with moving around the keypad via your computer’s numeric keypad. Note that laptop computers do not have a numeric keypad.
 
We are going to start by entering some quarter notes into our string quartet score.
 
Important! To access note entry on the keypad, type n on your computer keyboard. To leave note entry hit the esc key on your computer keyboard. This is VERY IMPORTANT, especially when you want to do some editing in Sibelius.
 
Type n on your computer keyboard and notice that several items in the keypad turn blue indicating that it is active:
 

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When you hit the esc key on your computer keyboard, notice that the keypad becomes de-activated.
 
Make sure that the keypad is activated, and the quarter note is selected.
 
When you move your mouse over the first full measure of the violin 1 part you will now see the cursor turn to a faded blue quarter note.
 
Click on the beginning of the first full measure and enter the following:
 

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Notice also that you will hear a violin sound as you are entering notes!
 
Experiment with entering different notes and rhythms. Use the other layouts of the keypads for rests etc.
 
Note: the tie icon image054  in the keypad is used for entering ties (not slurs). We will cover slurs later! When working with a tie, add the note, and then click on the tie tool.
 
Note: If you have a MIDI keyboard connected to your computer, you can simply select the rhythm that you want with the keypad and then play the notes in on your MIDI keyboard.
 
 

Project 2
 

Using the keypad, enter the following melody into your violin 1 and 2 parts of your string quartet.
 
 
 

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Changing The Key Signature
 

Sibelius will also so allow you to change the key signature of a score that you have already set up.
 
Make sure that your string quartet is open. We have selected the key of G major for that document.
To change the key signature, first select the Notations Tab and then the Common Box.
 

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Select the Key Signature icon and then select F Major
 

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Since we want to change the key signature for our entire score, right from the beginning. Click on Violin 1 name.
 
Notice that our key signature has changed starting at the beginning of the document.
 

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Let’s change measure 3 to the key of D Major. Repeat the above process except click on measure three in the score.
 

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Making Independent Key Signatures
 

There may be times when you want to create independent key signatures in a score.
 
Located at the bottom of the Key Signature pull down menu is the More Options button:
 

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Click on it, and you will see the following dialog box:
 

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In this case, I have selected One Staff Only and the key of Eb Major. I click OK and then add an independent key signature to my violin 2 part.
 

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Changing Clefs And Time Signatures
 

You can also change Clefs and Time Signatures exactly the same way that we changed key signatures in the above tutorial.
Select the Notations Tab in Sibelius and notice the Clef and Time Signature icons from the Common Box.
 

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These work exactly the same way as the time signature tool.
 

Changing A Barline
 

You can also modify barlines in Sibelius.
 
Go to the Notations Tab and select Barline from the Common Box
 

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Click on the downward arrow and you will see the following:
 

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Select the barline that you want, and then click on your Sibelius document to add that barline to your score. It is that simple!
 

Project 3
 

Using what you already know, create the following:
 

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