Lesson 4 Sibelius

 
Adding Repeats
 
Yes, open up that @#$#@$ string quartet again!
 
Go to the File Tab and locate the Barline icon.
 
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We are going to add a start repeat, so select start repeat from the Barline pull down menu.
 
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Once you have selected the Start Repeat, the Barline icon will turn yellow indicating that it is enabled.
 
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Click on the first full measure of the Violin 1 part and Sibelius will add a start repeat to every stave in your score.
 
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Repeat the above procedure to add an End Repeat.
 
First And Second Endings
 
Once you have created a repeated section, it is very easy to add a first and second ending.
 
Go to the Notations Tab and locate the Lines Box. Note: You may have to use the scroll bars located on the right hand side of the Lines Box to scroll down to the First and Second Endings.
 
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Click on the 1st Ending and it will turn yellow indicating that it is enabled.
 
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Now click on the ending bar of your repeat to add the first ending to your score.
 
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You now need to grab the box attached to the 1st Ending so that you can extend it right. Note that you can click on any line in the first ending to move or edit that line. It will take a little bit of adjustment but it is fairly easy.
 
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Enter a 2nd ending using the same method described above.
 
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To delete any repeat or ending that you created, just click on it with your mouse so that it is selected and hit the delete key on your keyboard.
 
 
 
 
Adding Coda Signs And Other Symbols
 
Once you have created your endings, you may want to add a Coda sign or other symbol.
 
Make sure that you are still in the Notations Tab and locate the Symbols Box (note that you may have to use the scroll bar to locate the symbol that you want).
 
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Also Note: A quick and easy way to see what each box contains, click on the lower right hand expand arrow to view the box contents.
 
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Select the symbol that you want to add, it will turn yellow.
 
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Click where you want to place the symbol on your score and then move it into place.
 
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Project 8
 

Using your original string quartet, create the following in the Violin 1 part:
 

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Entering Chords
 
Enter the following into your Violin 1 part of the string quartet:
 
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There are several methods for entering chord symbols into Sibelius. We are going to start by just typing them in!
 
Since chord symbols are essentially text, start by selecting the Text Tab in Sibelius.
 
Click on the first half-note of your Violin 1 part so that it is selected.
 
Click on the Chord Symbol icon.
 
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You will now notice a blinking cursor above the half note that you selected.
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Now just type in the chord symbol that you want.
 
Hitting the space bar on your computer keyboard will advance the cursor one beat at a time. Hitting the Tab key will advance the cursor to the next measure.
 
Sibelius will recognize most standard chord notation symbols. If you type in a non standard symbol, it will turn orange indicating that Sibelius does not know that symbol.
 
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Again, to erase a chord, just click on it and hi the delete key on your computer keyboard.
 
Here is a list of written chord symbols that Sibelius recognizes:
 
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Entering Chords Via MIDI Keyboard
 
Make sure that your MIDI keyboard is selected as your input device
 
Repeat the above process, but don’t type the chord name in, just play it in.
 
Sibelius is very good about recognizing the chords that you play.
 
Entering Several Chords Over A Single Note Or Rest
 
In the example below, I clicked on the rest to highlight it, selected the Chord icon and entered in four chords using the Spacebar to advance 1 beat at a time.
 
This is what it looked like when I finished:
 
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Now I select the right-hand barline and drag it to the right, expanding the measure. Much better!
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Entering Slash Chords
 
To enter Slash Chords (alternate bass notes) simply type the chord symbol then the  / key from your computer keyboard, and then the bass note (remember, no spaces)!
 
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Guitar Chord Fretboards
 
Sibelius will automatically show the guitar fretboard fingering for a chord that you enter.
 
Let’s add an acoustic guitar staff to our string quartet.
 
Just to review how to add a staff:
 
Click on the Home Tab in Sibelius,
 
Click on the Add or Remove icon.
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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Select Acoustic Guitar [notation]
 
Click on the Add to Score Button
 
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You should now see the guitar added to the right hand column,
 
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Click OK and you should now see the Acoustic Guitar staff added to your string quartet:
 
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Now click on the Text Tab and click on the rest in the first full measure of the guitar staff to select it.
 
Click on the Chord Symbol icon to select it.
 
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Type am on your computer keyboard and you should now see the following:
 
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Project 9
 

Using your original string quartet, create the following in the Violin 1 part:
 

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