Lesson 3 Sibelius

Adding Articulations
I know, you are probably pretty sick of this by now, but open up your original string quartet document.

We are going to add articulations to existing notes, so
create the following in the Violin 1 part:


Make sure that your Keypad is open. Remember to check the box located in the View Tab in the Panels Box.


From your Keypad, select the fourth layout and you will see an articulation menu.


To add an articulation, simply select the note by clicking on it, then select the articulation from the keypad.
To add an articulation to more than one note, shift-click to select the notes, and then select an articulation from the keypad.


If you switch to Keypad Layout 1 you will notice that Sibelius has provided some of the more common articulations in the first cell of the keypad.



Project 5

Using your original string quartet, create the following: Hint: You may have to combine a couple of the articulations on a single note.



Adding Dynamics

Let’s keep the above project open. We are now going to add some dynamic markings.
Go to the Text Tab and locate the Styles Box.
Note: You may have to use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the box to locate Expression.


Then click on the Expression Box.


Note that it will briefly turn yellow, indicating that the box has been activated.
Click under the note where you want the dynamic to appear and you will now see a blinking cursor.
Enter the dynamic that you want:


In the segment above I typed in ff and Sibelius automatically provided me with the correct font.
In fact, you could type in just about anything and Sibelius will provide you with the correct looking font!


The downside of typing in Play Loud is that when you playback your score Sibelius won’t recognize the dynamic marking Play Loud. Although in all fairness, you can configure Sibelius to recognize that command. But that is another tutorial!

Changing Playback Tempo

As you may remember, we originally created a playback tempo of Quarter Note = 70.
To change that tempo, make sure that you are note in note entry by hitting the esc key on your computer keyboard.
Click on the tempo marking so that it is highlighted.


Notice that you have a series of boxes around the tempo marking. You can grab any of the boxes to expand or contract the text box to make it larger or smaller.
Place your cursor by the 70 and double click to change it to 200. (note that you may have to expand the text box so that 200 fits onto one line.


You may also change the text as well, since Andante is not 200!
Notice in your Transport Controls that the tempo has also changed as well.


Hit the space bar to hear your new playback tempo.
Change your starting tempo back to 70.

Creating A Tempo Map

Many scores have more than one tempo marking. Film scores in particular often have many tempo changes. We are now going to add a tempo change indication to our string quartet.
Open up your string quartet again and create the following in the violin 1 part:


Make sure that your starting tempo is quarter note = 70.
Now we are going to change the tempo in the fourth measure.
Make sure that you are not in note entry mode and select the first note of measure 3 (one line A). The note should turn blue. This will be telling Sibelius where the tempo change will start.
From the Text Tab click on the Metronome Mark icon.


You should now see a blinking cursor appear in your score close to the note you selected.
Right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) on the cursor. You will now see a large pull down menu.


Select the quarter note
You will now see a quarter note with your blinking cursor.


Now type =120 (no spaces) and then click anywhere in your score.
You should now see the following:


Click on the metronome marking to select it and reposition it if you desire.
Now playback your sequence and you will hear your tempo change!

Project 6

Using your original string quartet, create the following tempo map:



Changing Bar Lines

Sibelius also allows you to change the appearance and length of your bar lines in a score.
Keep your last project open.
Select measure two by clicking on it (again make sure you are not in note entry mode). Have I said that enough?


Go to the Notations Tab and click on the Barline icon,


It will turn yellow and you will now see the following:


We are going to add a Double barline so select the Double barline icon.


You score should now include a Double Barline at the end of the first measure.


To barline change, simply select the barline by clicking on it and hit the delete key on your keyboard. Sibelius will now change it back to the default barline

Lengthening A Bar Or Measure

To make a bar (measure) longer, just click on the barline (it will turn purple) and drag the barline left or right to lengthen or shorten the barline.



Bar Numbers

Sometimes I prefer to have my measure numbers appear on all the bars instead of at the beginning of each system. This is especially useful during a rehearsal.
To have Sibelius display a number for each bar of music,
go to the Text Tab and locate the Numbering Box.


Now make the following changes so that numbers will appear in every bar:


You will now see bar numbers at the top of each bar in your score:


Bar Numbers At Bottom of Score

I like to have all my bar numbers appear centered and at the bottom of my score. To do this:
Select the Appearance Tab.
Click on the Engraving Rules icon


Select Bar Numbers from the left-hand column.


Enter the following into the Show On All Staves box


In the Horizontal Position box enter the following:


Click OK, and you should now see the bar numbers at the bottom of your score.


Feel free the experiment with different setting for your bar and page numbering.

Project 7

Time for a little review. Using your original string quartet, create the following in the cello part:



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