Sibelius 7 Essential Training
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Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks


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Sibelius 7 Essential Training

with Jenny Amaya

Video: Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks

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.
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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 10m
    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 35s
    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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6h 4m Beginner Mar 15, 2012

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Sibelius 7 is the complete software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation, and can be used by every kind of musician, from students and teachers to professional composers. In Sibelius 7 Essential Training, author Jenny Amaya shows how to create professional-looking scores, beginning with the basics of note entry and playback. The course explains how to interface with a MIDI keyboard; edit note durations and pitches; and incorporate lyrics, tempo markings, and other text elements. Features specific to version 7, such as 64-bit support, improved sound library, and text and typography enhancements are also covered in detail.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of music notation and theory will yield the best results from this course.

Topics include:
  • Working with Magnetic Layout
  • Setting essential preferences
  • Controlling basic score playback
  • Ensuring good score readability and organization
  • Adding time signatures and key signatures
  • Entering notes, rests, accidentals, and chords
  • Inputting notation with a MIDI keyboard
  • Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks
  • Engraving and formatting
  • Saving time with quick key shortcuts
  • Printing and exporting a completed project
  • Sharing scores via the Scorch plug-in
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Sibelius
Author:
Jenny Amaya

Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks

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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