Lesson 2 Sibelius

Flexi-Time Input
Open up your original string quartet document.

We are now going to be working with something called Flexi-Time.
We have already learned how to enter notes using our mouse and computer keyboard. This time we are going to enter notes in “Real Time” with a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI input device.
You are going to have to have a MIDI keyboard connected to your computer. If you don’t’ please read through the tutorial anyway, so that you can get the idea on how this works for future reference.

Checking Your MIDI Device

Once you have a MIDI device installed on your computer, you can set up input and playback in Sibelius.
Click on the Note Input Tab in Sibelius and select Input Devices.


You will now see the following dialog box:


In this case my USB Keystation 88es is my MIDI keyboard. It is checked indicating that Sibelius recognizes the input device.
To test your MIDI input device, play it and you should see green bars appear on the Test string located to the right of the dialog window.


We will leave the default settings checked. Click OK to close the window.
We are going to record a G Major scale into our violin 1 part of our string quartet.
Go to the View Tab and check the Transport box in the Panels box,


You will now see Sibelius’ Transport Controls.


Here is a diagram of the Transport Controls courtesy of Avid®


We are going to record a quarter note G Major scale into our Violin 1 part.
Please read through the following BEFORE implementing in Sibelius:
Click on the first full measure Violin 1 name to select that staff.


Make sure your counter in the Transport Controls is set to 0


Click on the Note Input Tab.
Click on Record in the Flexi-Time Box.


Sibelius will now give you a four click count-in before you start playing (recording) the Quarter note G Major scale. In this case, we are going to have five clicks, because we are going to skip the quarter note pick-up measure.
After the five clicks play in your G Major scale on your MIDI keyboard. Hit the Spacebar on your computer keyboard to stop recording.
Do it!
After you play, you may have something that looks like this (or worse)


Sibelius will notate your performance EXACTLY how you play it in. If you are a sloppy keyboard player like me, your notation may not be what you had envisioned.
Fear Not! Sibelius has an answer to that as well.
Shift click to select both measures:


From the Note Input Tab select Renotate Performance


You will now see the following:


Since we want quarter notes, select Longer: 1/4 note (crotchet)
Click on OK and you should see the following corrected score!



Entering A Triplet or Tuplet Grouping

To create a triplet or other tuplet grouping in Sibelius, enter the first note of the tuplet grouping, for instance, here I am going to create an eighth note triplet.
Enter the first eighth note


Go to the Note Input Tab and click on the Triplets icon and select the tuplet that you want to enter.


Also, notice the keyboard shortcut (for Mac command-3)
You will now see the tuplet box appear on the staff.


Then simply enter in the notes you want to complete the tuplet.



Adding Slurs And Other Performance Markings

Now that we have figured out how to enter notes into Sibelius, we are going to want to add some performance markings. This is done in the Notations Tab. We will be visiting this throughout the entire course, so be prepared to spend some time here.

Creating A Slur

Remember that we can only create at tie using Keypad Entry. A tie by definition connects two of the same notes together, whereas a slur is used to connect different notes.
Enter the following into your Violin 1 part on your string quartet:


Just to make sure you are note in note entry, hit the esc key on your computer keyboard and click on the first note so that it is selected and turns blue.


Click on the Notation Tab and select the Slur icon.


Sibelius automatically places a slur from the selected note to the note that follows.


If you want to extend the slur, simply grab the box attached to the slur and drag it to the note, or notes that you want to slur.


You may notice that you now have a series of boxes attached to the slur. These are for shaping your slur. If you click on the grayed out boxes, they will become active.


You may now grab any of the boxes to shape your slur.

Creating a Crescendo

You basically follow the same process for creating a crescendo.
Click on the note where you want the crescendo to begin.
Select the Crescendo icon.


You will now see the following:


Grab the box to extend your Crescendo


There are a whole host of performance markings available in the
Notations Tab within the Line Box.
To view more, use the scroll bars on the right-hand side of the Line Box.


Or click on the expand icon image031 in the lower right-hand side of the Lines Box to view all of the performance markings.


Experiment with the different markings on your music. They all pretty much work the same way. That is one of the nice things about Sibelius!

Project 4

Using your original string quartet, create the following:



Copy and Paste
To Copy A Single Full Measure

Create a measure with four quarter-notes in the cello part of your string quartet.
Make sure that you are note in note entry mode by hitting the esc key on your keyboard.
Select the measure by clicking in the middle of the measure but not on a note head.


From the File pull down menu select Copy. Also take note of the keyboard shortcut for Copy.


Click on the next empty measure to select it.


From the File pull down menu select Paste.  Also make note of the keyboard shortcut for Paste.


You will now see your original measure copied into the empty measure.



To Copy Single Or Multiple Notes

To copy a single note, simply click on it, copy it, move your cursor to where you want the note to appear and then paste it into the measure.
To copy more than one note, click on the first note of the grouping you want to copy and then Command click each of the notes you want to select.


In the case above, I want to copy the first two notes. After I select the notes I want, I copy them, place my cursor where I want the notes, and hit paste.



Selecting More Than One Measure
Remote Copying

To copy more than one measure in a large score, click on the first measure of the grouping that you want to copy. Scroll to the end of the section that you want to copy and Shift-Click to highlight all the measures. Choose Copy.
To Paste, simply place your cursor on the target measure and choose Paste.

Erasing Notes And Entries

Erasing notes in Sibelius is straightforward and easy. Again, make sure that you are not in note entry mode by hitting the esc key on your keyboard, select the note or entry that you want to erase and hit the delete key on your keyboard.
To select a group of notes, shift-click.

Erasing Measures

If you have a single line of music (lead sheet) simply click on the measure you want to erase and hit the delete key on your keyboard.
If you have a score with multiple staves, you will want to delete that measure in all of the staves. Click on measure that you want to delete and then Shift-click on the same measure in the bottom most stave to select all staves.


Then hit the delete key on your keyboard to delete the measure stack.

Moving Entries And Notes

In Sibelius you can simply click on any entry or note and move it around the score! It is that simple. Try grabbing some entries in your string quartet and moving them around. You can also delete them at any time by clicking on them and hitting the delete key on your keyboard!

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