Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: Page Numbers


Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 19: Page Numbers

In this video about Page Numbers, I talk about the traditional way page numbers are being used in printed scores and how you can change these defaults to your own liking. Before making this video, I never looked at how Sibelius was creating and defining the Page Number layout, but now I am actually happy I did. It’s interesting to see that there is a system that has been used since the beginning of music score printing and still is used today by the major publishers.

When I went through my collection of music scores I realised that placing Page Numbers at the Top Page and always Outside Edge the common way is and I found only 2 other publishers who put them at the Bottom Page center. There is a good reason for putting them always Outside Edge (meaning at the outside of the pages), and that is when you flip through the book, you can easily see where you are. Imagine that they would have been printed in the middle; now try to find that single page!

There is an exception though and that is when the pages are only printed on one side, page numbers are always printed at the Top Page right and for the same reason: flipping through them and always seeing the page numbers while doing this. This is especially important when you print the music on your home printer and mostly will not print on both sides of the page.

A last rule is that in books (not in the single side printed pages), the right hand pages are always numbered odd and the left hand pages alway numbered even. I am not sure why this is but everybody seems to do this and why change what apparently has worked for centuries!

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best regards,

André

best regards,

André van Haren

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Quick Tip 10: Splitting a Score into Movements


Quick Tip 10: Splitting a Score into Movements

Sometimes it’s necessary to split a single score up into parts, for example with a sonata or a concert piece which mostly have 3 parts. Or maybe you have engraved 10 songs into one Sibelius file but now decided that you rather have ten separate files. This can be done easily with the Section End and Split Score into Movements plug-in. Have a look at the video below:

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best regards,

André van Haren

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: Instrument Change and Create Instrument


Quick Tip 11: Instrument Change & Create Instrument 

In this video tip I will explain how to change a piano score into an organ score by using Create Instrument Change to change the piano keyboard into organ manuals and Create Instrument to add the organ pedals. Have a look at the video below:

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best regards,

André van Haren

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip: fingering


In this tip I show you how to create fingering and the possibilities Sibelius has to reposition text and create fingering for brass and string instruments. Because I was working on a piano piece while making this video, I used fingering for piano scores as an example, but Sibelius can add brass and string fingering automatically with the plugin Text/add brass/string fingering:

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Because I am not a brass or string player, I cannot check if this is being done correctly but the option is there.

There is also a plugin called Reposition Text that you can find in plugins Text/reposition Text. This plugin can help you in avoiding notes to collide with other objects. During the years though I have developed my own workflow and use a combination of keyboard shortcuts which I created myself, mouse dragging and arrow keys to do my fingering position. In short, the engraving rules for keyboard fingering are (taken from the Sibelius reference book):

  • Fingerings for the right hand go above the staff and for the left hand below the staff, away from all the musical elements.
  • Fingerings are centred horizontally above or below the notes and if possible, outside the beam.
  • With chords, fingerings are stacked above or below the chord. Hit Return (on the main keyboard) to stack them after each number. Hitting space advances to the next note.
  • If a fingering changes on a held note, a hyphen or dash separates the two fingerings. The first fingering is centred on the note.
  • Tuplets should be moved to the other side of the notes if necessary, to avoid collisions with the fingerings.
  • When both hands play on one staff, the right hand fingering is notated above the staff, the left hand is below.
  • Keep fingering to a minimum and notate only what is necessary to establish the hand positions.
  • Successive fingerings don’t need to line up in a row – they should go up and down following the pitch of the notes, so that they are fairly near each note.

Check out the video below to see all this in action:

I hope you like this quick tip, please let me know if you have questions or ideas for other tips. To contact me or for  information about engraving scores, use the form below:

best regards,

André van Haren

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. 

I hope you like this quick tip, please let me know if you have questions or ideas for other tips. To contact me or for  information about engraving scores, use the form below:

best regards,

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:

I hope you like this quick tip, please let me know if you have questions or ideas for other tips. To contact me or for  information about engraving scores, use the form below:

best regards,

André van Haren