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

I hope you like this quick tip, please let me know if you have questions or ideas for other tips.

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André van Haren

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

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:

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André van Haren

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:

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 score, use the form below:

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André van Haren

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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André van Haren

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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André van Haren

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

Sibelius 6 lyrics Quick Tip 6: Verses and Chorus


Multiple Verses

To create a song with multiple verses, use the lyrics line 2 etc from the Create/Text/lyrics. The new lines will appear under the 1st line:

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The text style setting for lyrics can be found in House style/Edit Text Styles:

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here you can create as many verse lines and chorus lines as you need.

The vertical distance to the staff is set in House style/Default positions:

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This is important because you don’t want to have the 1st verse on top of the 2nd!

Verse Numbers

Every line starts with a verse number:

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Use alt+space bar to create a space between the number and first word/syllable without that the cursor jumps to the next note. So the number and first word are connected. Then use the space bar to jump to the next note to enter the rest of the lyrics as usual. You can also add verse numbers to your score after inputting the lyrics, with the plug-in Text/Add Verse Numbers:

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Melisma in one of the verses

When one of the verses has a melisma, use a dashed slur on these notes:

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You can find the dashed slur in Create/Line in the Staff lines column and you can choose for a slur above or under:

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Chorus

Chorus text is being created the same way as the lyrics lines by choosing it from the Create/Text/Lyrics menu:

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The only difference is that the chorus text style is italic:

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As with the verse text style, you can create as many extra chorus lines as you need in House style/Edit Text Styles and adjust the vertical distance to the staff in House style/Default positions.

That’s all! Have a look at the video below to see everything in action.

To contact me, or for  information about engraving scores, use the form below:

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André van Haren

Sibelius 6 lyrics Quick Tip 5: 3 ways of entering lyrics.


1st way: enter lyrics by typing. 
We explored this way in a previous video that you can find Here and Here.

2nd way: enter lyrics by copy & paste.
To copy the lyrics from a text document to Sibelius, copy a line of text (with or without hyphens), select the first note and go into Lyric entre mode. Use CMD+v to paste the text to one note at the time. Sibelius will break down the words in syllables according to the language that has been set in Preferences/Languages:

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To create a melisma, use the hyphen-key when in the middle of a word and the space bar when at the last syllable of a word or with a one-syllable word.

To copy lyrics within Sibelius, copy the lyrics (with Select More or with the  Lyrics Filter or by selecting the word one by one). If the target notes have the same rhythm, select the first note and paste the lyrics with CMD+v. If it is another rhythm, select the first note, go into lyrics enter mode and use CMD+v to paste them one syllable at the time. As before, to create an melisma, use the hyphen-key when in the middle of a word and the space bar when at the last syllable of a word or with a one-syllable word.

3rd way: enter lyrics from a text file
For this to work you need to have the notes ready including the slurs for where the melismas have to go. The text document that contains the lyric text needs to be a plain text file. Select the bars where the text needs to go and choose from the menu Create/Text/Lyrics/From Text File:

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Automatically syllabify ambiguous words“ will let Sibelius guess the best hyphenation of a word that can be broken in different ways, leave this checked. Set the correct language. Set the text style. Leave “Use apostrophes to show combined syllables” checked. Sibelius will combine more syllables into a single one if needed. Choose the text file. After hitting OK Sibelius will insert all the lyrics and create melismas where the notes were slurred.

That’s all! Have a look at the video below to see everything in action.

 

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André van Haren

Sibelius 6 lyrics Quick Tip 4: editing lyrics


After having entered the lyrics in your score you probably want to edit them, correcting spelling mistakes or aligning them horizontally or vertically. All these things are easy to do. 

Editing the lyrics
To edit the lyrics, double-click the word you want to edit or select it and hit the Return key. Now you can edit them as you would in a word processor.

Moving the lyrics and hyphen one note forwards or backwards
If you want to move 
a word or syllable one note to the left or right, you can do this by selecting it and hitting the space bar or shift+space bar. To extend or retract a hyphen, first select it and again use the space bar or space bar+shift to do this. 

Moving & aligning horizontally
You can move a syllable or hyphen by selecting it and using the mouse or arrow keys on your keyboard. Remember though that Sibelius follows official engraving rules and it’s therefor better to let Sibelius do this for you. One rule is that a syllable is always centred under the note and a melisma is always left aligned with the note:

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The most common reason to change it by hand is when a syllable in a bar hangs over the previous bar line because that word is too long to be centred and should be left aligned instead:

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To let Sibelius fix this automatically, go to House-style/Note spacing rule and uncheck Allow first syllable to overhang bar line:

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After that reset these bars with Reset Note Position from the Layout menu:

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And in case you messed up the horizontal spacing after having dragged the words left and right by hand, all you have to do to get back to the default settings is selecting these lyrics and choose Reset Note Position from the Layout menu.

Moving & aligning vertically
Just as with horizontal moving, you can align lyrics vertically with the mouse and the arrow keys and in case you mess up, just select them and use Layout/Reset Position to bring them back to the default positions.

Another way to get lyrics lined up in a system is by selecting those lyrics and use Layout/Reset Position to get them back to default or you could use Layout/Align in a Row:

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The best option however is probably using the Align Lyrics plug-in which you can find in Plug-ins/Text/Align Lyrics, because it only affects the lyrics in the selected bars and leaves the other elements alone:

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Stem direction
One last thing to mention is the stem direction of notes on the 3rd staff-line. With lyrics, the middle line note-stem is pointed upwards to avoid collision with the lyrics:

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however if you rather have them pointing down, you can change this behaviour in House Style/Edit Instruments/Edit Staff Type:

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That’s all! Have a look at the video below to see everything in action.

For information about engraving, please send me an e-mail.

best regards,

André van Haren