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Creating Expression text

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Video: Creating Expression text

The Expression Text Style in Sibelius is a Staff Text Style that is used for all dynamic markings and other words of expression, such as Espressivo and Legato. The Expression Text Style defaults to a position below the staff. It is italicized and it has a simple built-in way for you to create bold fonts for your dynamic markings. To input an expression, let's go ahead and start in Bar 1 with the Violin 1. Select the note that you're going to have that dynamic appear underneath and then you can select the Expression text from the Text Styles groups or you can also use its shortcut for Expression which is Ctrl+E.

Creating Expression text

The Expression Text Style in Sibelius is a Staff Text Style that is used for all dynamic markings and other words of expression, such as Espressivo and Legato. The Expression Text Style defaults to a position below the staff. It is italicized and it has a simple built-in way for you to create bold fonts for your dynamic markings. To input an expression, let's go ahead and start in Bar 1 with the Violin 1. Select the note that you're going to have that dynamic appear underneath and then you can select the Expression text from the Text Styles groups or you can also use its shortcut for Expression which is Ctrl+E.

So in the Text tab, here's the Styles, you can go down and there's Expression. So you can select it from there, and then Sibelius gives you that flashing cursor. Once you have the flashing cursor, you can right-click and choose the Dynamic or Expression from the Expression text word menu, and you'll notice that this word menu is quite different from the word menu that we had with Technique Text. I'm going go ahead and select Piano here and then you can Escape once and it's still selected and Escape again to deselect. So now let's go ahead and insert a dynamic marking on the Violin 2's entrance, down here on Bar 5.

I'm going to select that note first. This time let's use that shortcut Ctrl+E or Command+E. We have a flashing cursor and this time let's just type the dynamic marking in. So the letter P and Escape twice and you'll notice there's a little bit of a problem here. If you compare this expression marking to our first expression mark, you'll notice that this new expression mark is not the pretty bold style that the first one is. And this is the difference in what Sibelius calls a Character Style and you can see the difference in the text tab's readout when you select each of these individually.

So let's go ahead and select this one here and up in the Text tab under Format, this dropdown menu here is for the Character Style and you'll notice that this expression has none. Now if we select the other expression, the piano marking there, you'll notice that its Character Style is Music Text. Now a Character Style is used to apply a specific type of font or formatting to only one part of the text object. It's like a secondary font you're allowed to have within a single Text Style that already has its own established font.

In this example with expressions, they're going to be expressions that you'll want to have in the italic non-bold style, like this one down here, if you were typing cresc, for example, to indicate a crescendo. But you'll also use Expression text for dynamic markings, so you also need the ability to have a pretty bold music type of font, and that's where that Character Style comes in handy. So to fix the second expression marking, you can select it, go to the Text tab in the Ribbon and select Music Text as a Character Style, and Sibelius will make that change on the Score for you.

There is a little simpler way to do this, let's go ahead and scroll down to select the cello's entrance in bar 9, that D right there and Ctrl+E or Command+E to get into Expression text and if you right-click for the word menu, you'll notice that there's a modifier theme going on for the dynamics. You can hold Ctrl and then type in the letters and you'll end up with this pretty bold font. So I'm going to Escape once, and we still have our flashing cursor down there. So this time, instead of just typing P, I'm going to hold down Ctrl or Command if you're on Mac and type P and it gives me that nice, pretty bold font. Escape twice.

So that's how you type in a dynamic marking. You hold down Ctrl or Command and then type the letters. Now instead of entering all of your dynamic markings by typing them in, you can copy and paste them into your Score as well, and this works great if you have a lot of different instruments that need the same dynamic or expression. So let's put some forte markings at the end of this piece. Let's choose Ctrl+End or Command+End to jump to the end and let's go ahead and insert a forte marking in the Violin 1 part. So we're going to select the A in the Violin 1 part on Bar 39, Ctrl+E or Command+E for Expression and holding down Ctrl, the letter F for Forte, and Escape once this time to keep it selected.

Now we're going to copy that dynamic to the clipboard, so Ctrl+C or Command+C, and we have two choices. We can select each of the other parts separately and paste that forte marking into them separately. So I can select this A here and Ctrl+V to paste and this A here in the cello, and Ctrl+V to paste. Now I'm going to go ahead and Undo that. There's another option that we have. So with that forte marking still on the clipboard, you can make a range selection of both of these notes, in the Violin 2 and the Cello Part and then only paste once.

So with the A selected, I'm going to hold down Shift and make a range selection. It only works with that range selection like that and then paste, Ctrl+V or Command+V, and it pastes that forte marking into both of those Parts for me. So hopefully that gives you a good start with Expression text. Now if these were my piece of music, I'd want to go back and enter dynamics after each of the hairpins and possibly in some other locations. So let that be your assignment. Finish entering dynamic markings throughout this piece.

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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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