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Editing beams

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Video: Editing beams

In this video, you'll learn how to change the appearance of any of the beams that you see on your score page. To do that, you need to bring up the Keypad. If you don't see the Keypad on your screen, then you can use Control+Alt+K, or Command+Option+K, or select it from the Panels group of the View tab. Once you have the Keypad on the screen, you need to make your way to the third Keypad layout, and again, those layouts are those tabs at the top of the Keypad. You can click on them with your mouse, or you can use your Function buttons F7 through F12 to select them. And the third keypad layout, F9, is for beams and tremolos.

Editing beams

In this video, you'll learn how to change the appearance of any of the beams that you see on your score page. To do that, you need to bring up the Keypad. If you don't see the Keypad on your screen, then you can use Control+Alt+K, or Command+Option+K, or select it from the Panels group of the View tab. Once you have the Keypad on the screen, you need to make your way to the third Keypad layout, and again, those layouts are those tabs at the top of the Keypad. You can click on them with your mouse, or you can use your Function buttons F7 through F12 to select them. And the third keypad layout, F9, is for beams and tremolos.

The buttons at the top of the layout are dedicated to beaming, specifically the buttons that map to number 7, 8, and 9 on your numeric keypad. When you use the Keypad to rebeam the notes in your score, the stem and beam picture that you see in the Keypad buttons is what you're going to get in your score. So let's go ahead and select a note in the score. I'm going to drag my Keypad over, so we can see this a little bit better here, and now we can see kind of how the beaming is working here. So the picture in our score shows a stem going up, and a beam going through that stem, and the same picture is in our Keypad.

We have a stem coming down, and a beam going through it. Now if you change the beaming arrangement in the Keypad, you'll see that the beam will adjust accordingly in the score. So if you want the note to have a stem with the beam that points only to the right, we can select the button here with the stem with the beam pointing to the right, and now you'll notice that the selected note has a stem with a beam pointing to the right. If I want the note in the score to have a stem with the beam that points to the left, I would select this button here in the Keypad, and now we have a note with a stem and a beam pointing to the left.

And again, if I want a note in this score to have a stem with the beam that goes through the stem, that would be this button here that maps to number 8 on your numeric keypad. And finally, if I don't want that note to have any beam at all, I can select the button in the Keypad with the picture of the note that does not have a beam, and then the note's beam will go away, and you'll be left with a single note, with just a flag. Another thing we can do is beam over bar lines. I'm going to select this note here next to the bar line, let's move the keypad over, and right now we have a stem with a beam pointing to the left, and if we want a beam over the bar line, then we want a through beam, or a stem with a beam going both directions.

So with that selected, I'm going to come down to the Keypad, click this button here, and now we have that beam going through and across that bar line. We can also beam over rests. Let's go ahead and scroll this up a little bit here, and move the Keypad over. The best way is to select the rest, and beam through the rest. So I'm going to select this rest here, and pretend like it has a stem, and then we want a beam that goes through that stem. So we want this button here in the Keypad, and there we have it. So getting all of the beams in your score to look exactly like you want them to all of the time is very simple, but you really only want to use the Keypad to rebeam notes when you absolutely have to.

Most of the work should actually be done automatically by your time signature. For a quick look at how that works, let's escape, hit the letter T for time signature, and remember that all of these little numbers here underneath each time signature refer to the way that Sibelius is going to automatically beam the groups of eight notes in smaller values. Now, in the case of 4,4, you can see that Sibelius is set to beam the eight notes in groups of fours, and you can see this arrangement at work in the second to last bar of our example here. If you'd rather have Sibelius beam your eighth notes in groups of twos, then you would need to adjust the Time Signature's Beam and Rest Groups. To do that, you can click on More Options, choose your Time Signature -- here's 4,4 -- and then click on Beam and Rest Groups.

You can see that the eighth notes are grouped in 4s, but if you'd like to group them in 2s, then you can type 2s into the field. So I'm going to erase the 4s, and type 2s, put a comma in between them, and just make sure that they add up to the total in the bar, which is 8. Now, you will see that Sibelius will automatically adjust the smaller values for you, but if you want to specify those, you can check on those, and specify those as well. Go ahead and click OK, and click OK again, and Sibelius will load your mouse with that time signature. And now we're going to replace this old time signature with the new one, with the new Beam and Rest Groups.

So we're going to click on that, and Sibelius makes that adjustment for you. You can hit Escape to unselect. So remember to always start with a good Beam and Rest Group in your Time Signature setting. Then when you need to make a local adjustment, select the note or rest, go into the third keypad layout, select the picture for the note, and Sibelius will make that change for you.

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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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