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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.
Opening a score in Sibelius is simple. When you launch the program, you can use the Quick Start window to open recent documents that you've worked on, as well as to open other documents that reside on your system. If you have access to our course example files, you can use the Open Other button at the bottom left of the Quick Start to navigate to the directory where you've saved those files. I've saved them on my Desktop, so I'm going to check Desktop. I'm going to scroll down to my Exercise Files, and we'll go into Chapter 01, number 3; the woodwind fugue.
We can double-click on this to open it, or select it, and click Open. Give Sibelius a moment, and the Quick Start will go away, and the score will appear. Now, if you don't have access to our course files, when you choose Open Other, it will hopefully direct you to Sibelius's example files folder, and you'll be able to choose the file to open from there. In case you need to search for Sibelius files on your system, the Sibelius 7 file extension is .sib. Once you open a Sibelius file, the Quick Start goes away, and you're left with a full screen view of that file's score page.
If you already have a score open in Sibelius there are two other ways for you to open another Sibelius file without having to go back to the Quick Start window. So, with the score open, you can go to the Score's File tab, where you can choose to open another file, or open a recent file. To exit out of the File menu, you can hit Escape. Now, you can have multiple scores open in Sibelius. Opening a second score will not close the first score that you were working on. Each score will have its own independent window, complete with its own set of tools and features.
So now that you know a few different ways to open a Sibelius file, in our next video, we'll take a look at saving your work.
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