Lesson 6 Sibelius

 
Using Layers To Create Independent Lines
 
Yes, open up your favorite string quartet again.
 
Sibelius will allow you to create up to four independent melodic lines of music for each staff that you create.
 
Enter the following into the Violin 1 part of your string quartet document:
 
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We are now going to create an alto part for this staff.
 
Make sure that your Keypad is visible. Note that you are Voice 1 and that all notes are colored Blue.
 
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We are now going to select Voice 2 at the bottom of the keypad.
 
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Notice now that all notes in Voice 2 are colored green.
 
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Using Voice 2, enter the following into the Violin 1 part:
 
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Also take note, that the notes will initially appear green indicating that you are in Voice 2.
 
Now select Voice 3 from the Keypad.
 
Enter in the following:
 
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Looks at bit messy right? We are now going to fix that.
 
Flipping the stem direction in Sibelius Since we want to un-clutter our stems in the above example, let’s change the stem direction of Voice 3 (quarter notes)
 
Select the Home Tab and then locate the Flip icon in the Edit Box.
 
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Make sure that you are not in note enter mode, click on a note to select it.
 
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Click on the Flip icon to flip the stem down.
 
You may also Shift Click to highlight all the notes you want to flip
 
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Then type X on your computer keyboard to Flip all the notes at once!
 
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Remembering the X command is a time saver and MUCH faster!
 
You could add a fourth voice using the same method!
 
 
 
Cross Staff Beaming
 
Music for piano or other keyboard instruments often contains beamed notes between two staves. We are now going to learn how to accomplish this in Sibelius.
 
Yes! The day has arrived! We are finally going to move away from our string quartet for this tutorial.
 
Create a new Sibelius document by selecting the New Score tab.
 
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From the list of Sibelius Templates, scroll down to Solo Instruments and then select Piano.
 
 
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We are just going to keep this simple so when the next dialog window opens up, just click on Create.
 
You should now be looking at a piano score.
 
Enter the following into your piano score:
 
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Select the notes that you want to cross-staves. By Command Clicking each note (Mac) or Alt Clicking (PC)
 
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Go to the Note Input Tab and select the Below icon located in the Cross-Staff Notes box. This will place our select notes below into the bass staff. The Above icon places notes above and the Reset icon will reset your note placement.
 
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You should now see the following:
 
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I would flip the stems in the last two eighth notes in the bass clef to clean this up a bit.
 
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Project 12
 

Create the following. Hint: You will probably have to pull the staves apart so that the note stems don’t run into one another.
 

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Working With Alternate Notation
 
For this tutorial we are going to be working with Alternate Notation, which includes slash and rhythmic notation.
 
Create a new project for piano (yes, we are finally done with the string quartet)!
 
We are going to start with slash notation, which is used in jazz and pop music.
 
Enter the following into the top line of your piano part:
 
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Make sure you leave note entry and select the two measures.
 
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Go to the Notations Tab and click on the Type Icon located in the Noteheads Box.
 
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Select Beat without stem from the pull down dialog box.
 
 
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You should now see the following in your piano part:
 
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You treat slash notation just like regular notes in Sibelius. In this case you would probably add some chord symbols to the part.
 
Rhythmic Notation
 
There are times when you want your pianist or other chord instrument to play chord symbols in a specific rhythmic figure. In that case, you would want to use Rhythmic Notation to indicate a specific rhythm to be played.
 
Enter the following:
 
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Repeat the procedure for entering Slash Notation except choose
Beat with stem from the pull down menu.
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You should now see the following:
 
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Project 13
 

Using all the concepts that we have covered so far, create the following piano part:
 

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Creating Drum Parts
 
You can keep the piano score open from above, or feel free to create a new Sibelius document.
 
We are going to add a Drum Set Staff.
 
To add a drum set staff to our existing piano score,
 
Select the Home Tab. Select Add or Remove Instrument
 
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Locate the Drum Set (Rock) from the left hand side dialog box,
 
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click on the Add to Score button
 
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The drum set will now appear in the right hand column
 
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Click OK
 
The drum set stave should now be placed at the top of your score.
 
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Auditioning Drum Parts
 
Sibelius has a great function that allows you to view and hear some sample drum grooves.
 
Select the View Tab and from the Panels Box, check the Ideas Box.
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You will now see the following appear on the left hand side of the Sibelius Window:
 
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You can use the scroll bar on the right hand side to scroll through the over 2000 built-in-ideas.
 
Also, try switching between Library Score and All tabs located at the top of the menu.
 
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Let’s select the All Tab and enter in Drums in the search field.
 
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You will now see a pull down menu with a ton of drum parts.
 
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Double Click on the first Part and you will see the following pop into your score window:
 
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Hit your spacebar to play the part and listen to the groove.
 
 
 
 
Adding A Groove To Your Score
 
When you have found a groove that you would like to add to your score, keep the window open and select the groove to copy it to your clipboard.
 
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Use command-c (Mac) or Ctrl-c (PC) to copy it to your clipboard.
 
Close the drum groove window by clicking on the upper left hand side of the box,
 
Select the first measure of your drum part, by clicking on it.
 
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Choose Paste from the Edit pull down menu or use command-V (Mac) or ctrl-V (PC) to paste the drum part into your score.
 
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How cool is that?
 
Sebelius also allows you to audition other instrument grooves as well. Just do a different search when you launch the Ideas Box.
 
Drum Notation
 
Below are several drum notation guides for creating drum parts. Drum notation is not an exact science, but here are several templates to get you started.
 
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Creating Your Own Drum Parts
 
If you are entering notes via a MIDI keyboard, Sibelius will automatically enter the correct percussion notation, changing the noteheads as you play.
 
In the example below, I played am eighth note C Major scale with my MIDI keyboard. Notice that Sibelius has changed the noteheads to percussion notation.
 
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If you enter drum notation in using your keypad, Sibelius will not automatically change the noteheads to percussion notation. There is, however, a way to do this.
 
Changing Noteheads
 
Enter the following using your keypad:
 
Note: I used Voice 1 for the top part and Voice 2 for the bottom part.
 
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Highlight the bar so that it is selected.
 
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Select the Home Tab and then the Filters icon.
 
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Select Voices and then Voices 1
 
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By doing this you have selected all of the notes in Voice 1 (the hi-hat part.)
 
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Now go to the Notations Tab and select the Type icon
 
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From the Type pull down menu select Cross
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You will now see your noteheads changed to correct drum notation:
 
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Project 14
 

Using all the concepts that we have covered so far, create the following drum part:
 

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