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One of the most commonly used Staff lines in Sibelius is the Slur line which is also the same line that we use to create large phrase markings. Because we use slurs and phrase markings so often in our music, Sibelius has assigned some extra built-in features to the slur line that make it very easy to create and position. So it's important to learn the right way to input and extend the slur. There are several ways to enter a slur in Sibelius. If you already have notes on the page, you have two options. The first option involves selecting a note where the slur or phrase marking is going to begin, so we can select the note in Bar 1, and then using the simple shortcut, S, to add the slur into the score; so S.
Now if you'd like a longer slur or phrase marking, once you add the slur to the score using S, then you can immediately use your Spacebar to extend the slur. So I'm just going to hit Spacebar and let's turn this into a big phrase marking. If you go too far, you can use Shift+Space to backspace the slur. So holding Shift and backspacing moves it backwards and Spacebar by itself moves it forward. When you're done, you can hit Esc.
The second option involves making a selection that covers the duration of the slur or phrase marking first and then using the letter S to input the slur. So let's say I wanted these two notes to be slurred together, I can make a selection here using Shift+Click and then the letter S to add the slur, and Esc. If you ever need to re-space a slur or phrase marking, you'll have to find and select that slur's rightmost handle. You can't just click on the slur to select it and hit Spacebar to expand it, (music playing) because the score will start playing back.
Instead, you can click on the slur and you'll see the rightmost handle, it'll be a little bit grayed out up there, and with it highlighted, you can select it there and highlight it, then you can use Spacebar to re-extend or Shift+Space to retract the slur. And that is the proper way to extend and retract a slur. You do not click and drag on a slur. Slurs are intelligently positioned with their notes to ensure that they'll appear correct on the screen no matter what happens with the formatting of your score. If you drag them and disconnect them from their default positions, you may end up with a slur or phrase marking that looks a little bit out of position when you finish your score's final layout.
Let's go ahead and Esc. Now you can also input slurs as you input notes. Let's go to the end of this document; I'm going to use the End key, a few times here, there we go. Let's go ahead and input some notes and some slurs at the same time. So I'm going to select here into Bar 33 and let's do a quarter note with a dot (.) on it, and the letter D. So if I want a slur here from this D to the next note, I can just enter S now while I'm in note entry and then I can just continue in note entry, so let's say the letter E here, and the slur will keep going.
So if I go into the letter F, the slur will continue. Now when you want the slur to stop, the way to stop it from advancing, is to use Shift+S. Now if I enter the next note, G, the slur has stopped. So adding slurs or phrase markings in Sibelius is very simple, whether you add them while you're entering notes, or if you wait and add them later.
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