Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: The First Page


The First Page

In today’s video I talk about how to set up the first page which includes the title, subtitle, dedication, lyricist, composer, instrument name, footer and header after 1st page text styles. I had to split the video up in 2 parts because YouTube only allows a length of 15 minutes, so in part one I show you how to create all these text styles from scratch and in part two how to change the default fonts and positions to your own liking. 

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 22: The First Page part 1

In this first part of this video subject, I show you how to set up the first page that includes the Title, Composer etc. In the second part I show how to change the default settings of the created text. 

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 22: The First Page part 2

In this second part I show you how to change the default text settings to your own liking. 

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André van Haren

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: erase background


Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 21 – Erase Background

In this quick tip I show you how to create a little white space around the dynamic text and fingerings. In Sibelius this is called Erase Background. If you flip through some music scores you will often see that there is a little white space around Expression text and Fingerings, looking like this:

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This is done to make these elements better readable and gives a much clearer layout than for example this:

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In Sibelius all you have to do to create this effect is turning on the option to Erase Background in the Text Style settings. Have a look at the video below and you will see how easy this is:

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: Instrument Name and Gap before Bar


In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to set the Instrument name that is displayed before the staff at the beginning of the piece and how you can change it or even remove it completely. After that I show you how to set the distance between this instrument name and the left page margin, called a Gap:

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: Creating a Comma


In this Sibelius 6 quick tip I show you how to create a Comma which will create a short gap in the music:

Sibelius quick Tip 1: The comma

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: staff margins


In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to adjust the staff margins, which is the distance between the page margin and the upper and lower staff. (btw, the background noise you hear is not because of bad recording quality, but are our 2 dogs playing and running. Anyone has a dog filter for me…?

Sibelius 6 Quick tip 17 – Staff Margins

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: Headers and Footers


Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 20 – Headers & Footers

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to create different kind of Headers and Footers. The nice thing with these text styles is that you only need to create them once after which they will be repeated on every next page. Be aware that they will only be repeated AFTER the page on which you inserted them and not on the pages before.

The Headers and Footers are created from the Create/Text/Other system Text menu you have 3 different kind of Headers and 2 kind of footers to choose from:

Header – Header after 1st page – Header after 1st page inside edge
Footer outside edge, footer inside edge.

From all these different styles only the Header is centred but it’s easy to change the alignment of every style in the System Text Style. Have a look at the video below to see this in action:

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tips: Da Segno, Da Capo, al Coda


Sibelius 6 Quick Tips: Da Segno, Da Capo, al Coda
Ever needed a Da Capo or Da segno or one of those To Coda moments in your score but didn’t know how to create them? And more importantly, getting Sibelius playing them back for you the way you want? If you are like me I always accepted the fact that these things were too complicated to created but it is actually very simple. Check out the video tutorials I made about these mysterious repeat commands, in about 20 minutes from now you will know exactly how to make them work!

Da Capo and Da Segno

Da Capo al Fine

Da Segno al Fine

Da Capo al Coda

Da Segno al Coda

That’s it for this blog post. I hope the tips will help you.

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Sibelius 6 Quick Tips: house style, transcribing, midi, multirests


Today four new Sibelius 6 Quick Tips!

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 12: house style: Text design
Is it possible to set the text styles for Title, Composer name, Lyricist, Headers and Footers one time only and apply this fast to every new score you start? It is! You can create a House style that contains all these elements and import it in every score you work on:

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 13: house style: Text positions
After having defined the text style for the Title, Composer name, Lyricist, Headers and Footers it’s time to put them on their place. Here is how:

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 14: transcribing music
Transcribing music means that you take a composition and rewrite it for other instruments than it was originally written for. For example you could change a duo for violin & cello into a duo for violin and viola. This is what I did in the videos below. I had to split it up into 2 parts because Youtube only lets me upload up till 15 minutes:

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 15 – Sibelius midi export & import in Logic
Sibelius has the option to export the score as a midi file after which you can open this midi file in your DAW and use your sound-library to bounce the music to for example an mp3. In this video I show you how I do just that:

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 16 – Combining bars in a single multirest 
You can tell Sibelius how many bars it has to include in Multi-rests which is a great option, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem to work! Here is a little tip on how to create a multirest from a selection of bars:

That’s it for this blog post. I hope the tips will help you.

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Sibelius 6 lyrics Quick Tip 7: Blocks of lyrics, sharing lyrics, recitativo, elision.


Blocks of lyrics

Extra verses of a song or hymn can be written as blocks of words at the end of the score. From the Create menu choose Text/Other System Text/Block Lyrics:

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Now click somewhere at the end of the score and start typing.

You can also add the lyrics that are used in the score as block text. For this you will first need to copy this text which can be done easily with the Export Lyrics plugin. This plugin will export the lyrics as a text file which will be saved in the same place as where your Sibelius score is saved:

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After hitting the OK button, open the text file and copy the text. Now you can paste them as block lyrics  in your score. You will have to do some text editing as hitting return after every line, but this is faster than typing everything by hand.

Sharing lyrics: lyrics between two staves:

Another vocal notation that you can find is where the four choir parts are notated on two staves instead of four, and instead of writing the lyrics under each voice, you write them between the two staves.

Whenever there is a slight difference in the rhythm in the voices, use slurs for melismas and hyphens to make this difference in rhythm clear and position the syllables in-between the notes instead of directly under the note:

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Sharing lyrics: lyrics in two voices on one staff

Here is another notation that you can find: two vocal parts on a single staff while using only one line of lyrics. Just as in the previous example, the rhythm is pretty much the same in both voices. If however there would be a different rhythm in one of the voices, you can make this clear by notating those lyrics above the staff:

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To do this, select the note where the lyrics have to go and choose Create/Text/Lyrics/Lyrics above staff:

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The lyrics in the 2nd voice in this example are entered normally with the Lyrics Line 1 or CMD+L shortcut.

Several words per note: recitativo

In operas there is something called recitativo, which means that a dialog is being sung on a single pitch, mostly it is notated as:

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However using the normal space bar to create the next word would make the cursor jump to a next note. Instead of the space bar we use ALT+Space bar as we did when creating the verse numbers. Now you can type all the words normally.

Elision

Sometimes you need a little character called an elision:

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This elision is made by typing the underscore symbol.

That’s all! And this was also the last part in working with lyrics in Sibelius 6. If you still have a question about working with lyrics, please let me know.

Have a look at the video below to see everything in action.

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André van Haren