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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.
At this point in your training, I think it might be helpful to point out a few themes that occur in Sibelius in regard to two of the most commonly used shortcut modifiers. First, you may not have noticed a theme developing with the shortcut modifier Ctrl, or Command if you are on Mac, but it'll probably help you if you keep this phrase in mind: Ctrl does more, and for those of you on Mac, Command does more. So how does it do more? Here are a few examples that we've already covered. First with bar selection. If I just click in a bar, I make a simple blue bar selection.
If we escape, and if we hold down Ctrl or Command and click in a bar, we end up with a system selection, so we end up selecting more. Another example is when you're moving selected notes with your arrow keys. So let's select bar 2 here, and if we just use our arrow keys, we'll move the notes diatonically up and down, but if we apply Command or Ctrl, and use the arrow keys, then the notes move by an octave. Now this is stretching it a little bit, but creating Tuplets is kind of in this category as well. So if we hit Escape, I will select this note down here.
When you create a normal note you just create the note. But in order to do a little bit more than that, in order to create a Tuplet, you can use Ctrl or Command plus a number in your QWERTY keyboard to create a Tuplet. So you'll end up getting a little bit more out of your note entry, if you're using Ctrl and a number. You can also navigate a bit more using Ctrl or Command. You know that you can navigate through pages in your Score by using the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys. What you don't know is that if you use Command or Ctrl with those keys, you can do things like, Ctrl+End, will jump you to the very, very end of the Score, Ctrl or Command+Home will jump you immediately to the very beginning of the Score.
And the same thing with the Page Up and Page Down keys; if I hold down Ctrl or Command and use Page Down, I immediately jump to the very bottom of the page and Ctrl or Command+Page Up, immediately jumps you to the very top of the page. The other modifier in Sibelius that has a theme associated with it is Shift. What you need to remember about Shift is that Shift does the opposite. So how does it do the opposite? Here are a few examples that we've already covered. First, scrolling with the mouse. If you have a Scroll Wheel on your mouse and you scroll up and down, then the page scrolls up and down.
If we use Shift+Scroll, then we get the opposite; we scroll left and right. Tabbing is another feature where Shift can do the opposite for you. So if I escape and I use Tab to tab into the Score, you can see here in bar 1, if I continue using Tab, I move to the right through all of the notes and objects in my Score. But if I hold Shift and Tab, then I do the opposite, I move backwards. Another example of when Shift does the opposite is when we're adding intervals to notes.
So with the note selected if we just hit a QWERTY number like 4 we end up with a fourth above the note. But if we select a note and hold Shift and hit the number 4, we get the opposite; we get the fourth below the note. Creating and spacing at our lines is another example. H will insert a hairpin as a crescendo, and Spacebar will advance that. If we want the opposite of that, a decrescendo, we can select a note and use Shift+H, and Spacebar will advance that. I'm going to escape.
Now the Spacebar will extend the line like a slur, so if I insert a slur here, select a note and hit S, Spacebar will extend the line to the right, and Shift will do the opposite. So if we hold down Shift and use Spacebar, it retracts the line back to the left. So remembering these simple modifier themes, will change your experience in Sibelius. Chances are that you'll find yourself guessing how to do something and if it involves getting a little more out of a feature, you may try using Command or Ctrl as a modifier, and it may just work for you, or if you need to do the opposite of something, you may try using Shift and that might work for you as well.
So keep these themes in mind as you continue working in the program, and hopefully they'll become handy.
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