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Choosing and adding lines

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Video: Choosing and adding lines

After entering and editing the notes in your score, you'll probably want to add some lines to the score. Lines in Sibelius include everything from slurs and hairpins, to trills, glissandi, arpeggios, and tempo changes. You can access all of the lines from their group in the Notations tab. So let's go ahead and click on Notations and here are the lines here and you can use the Arrow buttons here to scroll through them, or an even easier way is by pressing the letter L on your QWERTY keyboard; L for Lines. So let's take a look at this Line's dropdown menu.

Choosing and adding lines

After entering and editing the notes in your score, you'll probably want to add some lines to the score. Lines in Sibelius include everything from slurs and hairpins, to trills, glissandi, arpeggios, and tempo changes. You can access all of the lines from their group in the Notations tab. So let's go ahead and click on Notations and here are the lines here and you can use the Arrow buttons here to scroll through them, or an even easier way is by pressing the letter L on your QWERTY keyboard; L for Lines. So let's take a look at this Line's dropdown menu.

The Lines Menu is organized into categories, from some of the most common lines that you'll see in your score, like slurs and hairpins, to some more uncommon lines and graphics, if we scroll down, like arrows and dashed lines. Let's go ahead and escape out of the Lines Menu, and just like entering anything on the page, there are two ways to input your lines; you can either load them in your mouse and then click them onto the Score page or you can make a selection first and then select your line and have Sibelius put the line near your selection.

So let's go ahead and load a line in our mouse. Let's load up a trill line. So we've escaped out, let's go ahead and hit L for the Lines Menu. Let's select the Trill with our mouse up here by clicking, and Sibelius has loaded that trill into our mouse for us and now all we have to do is click above a note in the score. So let's go down into the Clarinet part and above this half note here, go ahead and click, and Sibelius connects the line to the note and extends the line for the duration of that note. And most of the lines also do playback.

So if we select the Clarinet part here and hit the letter P to play-- (music playing) --and Escape to stop, you can hear that trill. Now, another way to input a line is to make a selection first. Let's scroll down to the bottom of this score, I'll use Page Down, and let's go ahead and add a first ending here in the second to last bar. So let's make that selection first. I'm going to select this bar, then let's go L for Lines Menu, and we can select the first ending here and Sibelius puts that in above that bar. Now if you're new to Sibelius, you'll discover that there are actually two categories of lines; there are Staff lines and System lines.

You can actually see this division if you visit the Dialog Launcher button for the Edit Lines Menu. So back up into the Ribbon, this Dialog Launcher here, click on that, and you'll see the arrangement of Staff lines versus System lines. Staff lines are lines that attach to an object or a note in a single staff or instrument and they only show up in that particular part. The trill that we inputted into the clarinet part is a good example of a Staff line. It'll only show up in the clarinet part and it will not affect any other parts in our score. System lines also attach to an object or a note in a bar, but System lines, while they may only appear to be connected to one staff in the score, they'll end up showing up in all of the parts.

So the first ending line that we inputted into the score is a good example of a System line. It would be extremely important for that line to show up in all of the parts and not just in the Clarinet part. Let's go ahead and escape out of this dialog and let's take a look at the parts. So to the right-hand side of your score, this little Plus (+) button here, click on that, and let's click on the Clarinet part, and you'll see that the Clarinet has its trill or its Staff line and it also has the System line for the first ending. Let's go back to that little Plus (+) button and let's pull up the Trumpet, and you'll notice there's no trill in the Trumpet part, but we do have that System line, that first ending.

Let's go ahead and go back to our score now, click on Full Score. Now let's go ahead and add one more line into the score, and I'll show you an easy way to adjust the lines after they've been inputted. Let's go ahead and add a Tempo line like an accelerando. So I'm going to Esc, and let's go ahead and select a passage for this. So down at the bottom of the screen here, Bar 15, I'm going to select Bar 15. Hold down Shift and select all the way to the first ending, L for Lines Menu, and let's go ahead and select the accelerando line, and Sibelius inserts that line across my entire selection for me.

Now, you may notice immediately after entering a line that you can see a little small purple box, or what Sibelius calls a handle, attached to the line. You can actually grab that handle and retract and expand the line if you'd like to. Now, if you Esc, you won't be able to see those handles, and even though you can click and kind of guess where they're at, sometimes you might be lucky enough to find them, but there's a little better way if you'd like to get those handles back. You can either use Ctrl+A or Command+A to select all in the score, which shows the handles and then you can grab them and move them around, or you can go up to the View tab, in Invisibles, and you can tell Sibelius to show the Handles, and now I can grab like the first ending, I can drag it and reposition it, and my accelerando line as well.

And the length of the line does affect the playback of the line. So the accelerando is going to begin here, where it's attached to this bar, and it will continue increasing tempo all the way through to the end of the line here before the first ending. So go ahead and spend some time experimenting with all of the different lines that Sibelius has to offer you. Enter them, play them back, and have a little fun with them. And in the next two videos, we'll focus on working specifically with two of the most commonly used staff lines: slurs and hairpins.

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Sibelius 7 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 10s
  2. 20m 22s
    1. Installing and launching Sibelius
      1m 42s
    2. The Sibelius Quick Start window
      3m 52s
    3. Opening a score
      1m 43s
    4. Saving
      3m 10s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      8m 27s
    6. Setting up a MIDI keyboard
      1m 28s
  3. 56m 0s
    1. Understanding the single-document interface
      4m 12s
    2. Exploring the Sibelius window
      4m 16s
    3. Overview of the ribbon
      6m 49s
    4. Accessing the ribbon
      2m 18s
    5. Showing and hiding panels
      3m 9s
    6. Working with the score page and undoing actions
      5m 4s
    7. Playing back the score and stopping all actions
      9m 51s
    8. Zooming in and out
      4m 16s
    9. Introducing Magnetic Layout
      2m 43s
    10. Personalizing the view
      8m 18s
    11. Navigating through notes, bars, and pages
      5m 4s
  4. 17m 30s
    1. Bar and staff selection
      5m 19s
    2. System selection
      4m 10s
    3. Making contiguous selections of objects
      2m 10s
    4. Making non-contiguous selections of objects
      2m 3s
    5. Making non-contiguous selections of staves and using Focus on Staves
      3m 48s
  5. 39m 14s
    1. Creating a new score
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring score layout
      10m 56s
    3. Creating objects
      4m 8s
    4. Adding key signatures
      5m 15s
    5. Adding time signatures
      5m 29s
    6. Adding clefs and using the Worksheet Creator
      7m 0s
  6. 45m 39s
    1. Entering notes and rests using the mouse
      7m 32s
    2. Entering accidentals using the mouse
      4m 4s
    3. Using the computer keyboard for alphabetic note entry
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced alphabetic note entry
      5m 13s
    5. Using the computer keyboard to create intervals and chords
      4m 38s
    6. Step-time note entry with the MIDI keyboard and the Keyboard panel
      2m 41s
    7. Entering notes in real time with Flexi-time
      6m 30s
    8. Entering tuplets
      5m 38s
    9. Working with tablature staves and the Fretboard window
      3m 51s
  7. 30m 40s
    1. Editing notes
      5m 25s
    2. Transposing notes
      4m 32s
    3. Editing beams
      4m 34s
    4. Editing with the Cut, Copy, Paste, and Repeat commands
      9m 16s
    5. Combining editing techniques for creativity
      6m 53s
  8. 16m 58s
    1. Choosing and adding lines
      5m 20s
    2. Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks
      3m 18s
    3. Creating and extending hairpins
      3m 53s
    4. Working with keypad symbols and lines
      4m 27s
  9. 10m 6s
    1. Introducing modifier key themes
      4m 15s
    2. The Sibelius ABCs
      5m 51s
  10. 1h 9m
    1. Getting to know text styles
      5m 15s
    2. Defining the four categories of text
      2m 49s
    3. Entering and editing text using Technique text
      4m 59s
    4. Creating Expression text
      5m 10s
    5. Working with lyrics
      7m 13s
    6. Creating tempo and metronome marks
      5m 10s
    7. Adding repeat text styles
      6m 21s
    8. Understanding text playback and the playback dictionary
      3m 37s
    9. Editing text style appearance
      3m 8s
    10. Editing the default positions of text
      7m 11s
    11. Setting system object positions
      7m 9s
    12. Adding rehearsal marks
      3m 38s
    13. Editing instrument names
      2m 58s
    14. Creating chord symbols
      5m 17s
  11. 31m 20s
    1. Preparing for a final layout
      4m 27s
    2. Formatting with Document Setup
      6m 13s
    3. Adjusting vertical spacing
      6m 1s
    4. Adjusting horizontal spacing
      4m 3s
    5. Formatting bar numbers
      2m 24s
    6. Making final score adjustments
      4m 3s
    7. Making Magnetic Layout work for you
      4m 9s
  12. 13m 0s
    1. Defining and working with dynamic parts
      3m 13s
    2. Formatting dynamic parts using Multiple Part Appearance
      5m 34s
    3. Laying out dynamic parts using Copy Part Layout
      4m 13s
  13. 9m 52s
    1. Printing
      3m 3s
    2. Exporting MIDI
      1m 42s
    3. Exporting a score as an audio file
      2m 1s
    4. Sharing a score using Scorch
      3m 6s
  14. 1m 41s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 41s

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