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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.
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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