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Working with lyrics

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Entering lyrics in Sibelius can be a very fun exercise; it's actually one of my favorite features to demonstrate. There are some built-in features to this Text Style that make it quite different from other Text Styles and I think you'll be amazed at how intuitive it is. As a Text Style, lyrics default below the Staff, centered under a note with a plain text font. As usual, there are many ways to input lyrics. In this video, I'll show you the most obvious way which is by typing them in. First, I've made some adjustments to our Score. I've added some vocal staves for us so that we can enter the lyrics on vocal staves, rather than in the instrumental parts. So let's get started.

Working with lyrics

Entering lyrics in Sibelius can be a very fun exercise; it's actually one of my favorite features to demonstrate. There are some built-in features to this Text Style that make it quite different from other Text Styles and I think you'll be amazed at how intuitive it is. As a Text Style, lyrics default below the Staff, centered under a note with a plain text font. As usual, there are many ways to input lyrics. In this video, I'll show you the most obvious way which is by typing them in. First, I've made some adjustments to our Score. I've added some vocal staves for us so that we can enter the lyrics on vocal staves, rather than in the instrumental parts. So let's get started.

Go ahead, and select the Soprano part, I'm just going to click in bar 1 here, and we're going to go ahead and focus on the Soprano part. So we're going to go up to the Ribbon, to the Layout tab, and on the right here where it says Hiding Staves, there is Focus on Staves right there, go ahead and select that, and now we've focused on that Soprano part. I'm going to zoom in just a little bit, so we can see it better, and hit Escape to deselect. Just like entering an expression marking, the best way to begin entering lyrics is by selecting the note where the lyrics are going to begin.

So I'm going to go ahead and select the first note in the Soprano. And the lyrics have their own group in the Text tab. So let's go to the Text tab, and here's the Lyrics group and to bring up the Text Style, go ahead and click on this, right here where it says Lyrics. There are a couple of different lyric Text Styles; the main lyric Text Style is Lyrics line 1. So let's go ahead and select that, and Sibelius gives us our flashing cursor. I think we all know the words to this tune, but just in case you don't, I'll go ahead and walk you through them.

All we have to do is begin typing the lyrics. The first word is Row. So I'm going to go ahead and type "Row," and now if I use the Spacebar, Sibelius will advance me to the next note. So Spacebar, "row," comma, Spacebar, and we can continue going on with the lyrics, "row your boat," and again Spacebar continues to advance me note by note. Now, we've arrived at a multisyllabic word: gently. So what we can do now is we can type in the first syllable, let's do "gent", and instead of using Spacebar, now we'll use the hyphen to advance us to the next note.

So the hyphen key, and finish the word, and Spacebar now, and continue on "down the stream." Spacebar will continue moving us to the next system, and now we have another multisyllabic word merrily, so I'm going to type-in "Mer" hyphen advances me to the next note, "ri-" and "ly". At the end of that word, we need to hit Space and continue typing merrily again.

If you make a mistake, you can just use Backspace as if you're in a word processor, and then type again, here we go, "-ly" and Spacebar and let's finish this up with "life is but a dream." When you're done typing, go ahead and hit Escape. Now, it didn't happen in this example, but sometimes you'll have a single word that needs to be held across several notes. So let's start typing in these lyrics again from bar 9. I'm going to select the D right there. Now, instead of going up to the Ribbon this time, I'm going to use the shortcut for the basic line of lyrics which is Ctrl+L or Command+L, I have my flashing cursor, and I can start typing these lyrics again.

Now, in bar 10, let's pretend that the next word row needs to be stretched across all three of these notes. So I'm going to type in row and put in the comma, and hit Spacebar, and instead of doing anymore typing, I'm just going to continue hitting Spacebar through those three notes, and Sibelius will draw in that underscore for me. And then you can begin typing the next syllable in bar 11. So, if this was gently, we would type the first syllable, and the hyphen, and then we could finish off the word gently.

But, let's pretend in bar 11 now that we have that first syllable of the word gently that's going to be sung through all four of these notes in the bar. So we've got the first syllable in there, we've hit the Hyphen key, We're going to continue hitting that Hyphen key all the way through that bar until we arrive at the final note where we're going to put that last syllable in there. So now I can type ly, period (.), and go ahead and Escape. Obviously, our third system of lyrics is entirely incorrect. So sometimes you'll have to go back in and make corrections to lyrics just like you make corrections to other text, and you can edit lyrics just like any other text.

If you had one word wrong, you could go in and double-click on that one word and then you're in Word Processor mode, so you can Backspace and retype, and get it correct, and then hit Escape. You can also delete a single lyric by clicking on it, and using Backspace or Delete. But if you need to delete an entire line of lyrics, the easiest way to do that is by using an Edit command called Select More. So to do that, we're going to select one member of the line of lyrics that we need to edit or delete, so I'm going to select one of these words here in the third system, we're going to go to the Home tab, into the Select group here, and we're going to select More, so we're going to choose the More button and you'll notice that Sibelius has selected all of the lyrics in our third system for us.

Now, we can do things like use our arrow keys to move them up and down, or if they're entirely incorrect, we can just delete them all at once. The next step working with lyrics is to copy and paste them. For this piece, the lyrics just continue to repeat. So instead of continuing to type them in over and over again, it would make a lot more sense to type them in once and then to copy and paste them in as we need them. So let's do that. First, we need to make a selection of all of the lyrics. Now we could use the Select More command, but since we have more than one line of lyrics, let's try this a different way.

Select all of the bars containing all of the lyrics that you're going to be copying. So I'm going to click in bar 1 and hold down Shift, and click here in bar 8. Now, we're going to ask Sibelius to filter out these lyrics. So we're going to go to the Home tab, again to the Select group, and this time we're going to click on the Filter icon above the word Filter. And since we're working with lyrics, we're going to ask Sibelius to filter out lyrics. So go ahead and select that. And now Sibelius has filtered out and selected all of those lyrics from the passage.

Now we can copy the lyrics to our clipboard, Ctrl+C or Command+C, and we're going to select the note where we want Sibelius to paste them in at. So I'm going to scroll down a little bit here with my Scroll Wheel, and select the D here in bar 9, and now we can paste, Ctrl+V or Command+V, and Sibelius does all of that hard work for us. So we really have just touched the surface of working with lyrics, but hopefully you're already having a little bit of fun with them. If you're working with this Exercise File, go ahead and finish the lyrics for the remaining bars, and the remaining vocal staves.

It will be a very good practice for you, and we'll see you and your completed vocal staves in the next video.

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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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