Jenny Amaya suggests some immediate things to do after creating a new score, from completing an initial save, to adding bars, adjusting panels, changing instruments, and removing an unwanted pickup bar.
- [Instructor] There are a few steps that you'll want to take immediately after you open a new score in Sibelius, before you begin inputting notes and other objects. The first step you should take after creating a new score is to save your score. You may have already done this, but if you have not yet saved your score, you should. That way, you can always get back to it should anything catastrophic happen. Also keep in mind that Sibelius will not be able to auto-save or auto-backup your score until you've saved it at least once. Another thing you may need to do, like I need to do here, is adjust the window size.
I'm going to go ahead and use the Maximize button to fill my screen. Next, if there are any floating or docked panels visible on your screen that you currently do not need, you can close them at this time. Most panels have a Close button that you can click with your mouse, or you can toggle panels off in the View tab in the Panels group. I'm going to go ahead and leave my Keypad up for now. The next most popular question I get from new Sibelius users is about the number of bars that Sibelius provides to you when you start a new score.
I'm going to zoom out to show you this here. So it looks like Sibelius has given me five bars. It gives you a few empty bars to work with. Many people like to add more bars to the beginning just to get a sense of how their score is going to be laying out across several pages. Bars can be added to the end of the score by using the shortcut Cmd + B on Mac, or Ctrl + B on Windows. You can also add bars from the Home tab, in the Bars group, if you just click the Add button.
Now if you feel that you made any mistakes in your choice of instruments, or if you'd like to change the order of the instruments in your score, you can get back to the Add or Remove Instruments window now by pressing the letter I on your QWERTY keyboard. You can also get to this from the Home tab, if I Escape, from the Home tab, in the Instruments group, Add or Remove Instruments. I'm going to go ahead and add my Clarinet in B flat back into my score, and I'm going to move the Violin 1 back down below the Piano.
Click OK and you'll see those changes. If you feel like your immediate document setup is not quite right for your score, you can make adjustments to it at this time as well. My score may look better with a landscape orientation for example, so you can go to the Layout tab, the Document Setup group, and this is where you can change the page size and orientation. I'm going to go ahead and change this to Landscape. That's looking much better. Now if you check the box to add a pickup bar when you created the score, and if you've decided that you do not want a pickup bar once your score is created, selecting and deleting the contents of the pickup bar will magically turn your pickup bar into a full-sized bar equivalent to the time signature.
So if I don't want this one beat or one quarter note beat pickup bar, I'm just going to do an edit selection, click once in the flute, hold Shift and click in the violin, and then press Delete or Backspace. Now I have a bar rest, and you'll see as I begin inputting notes in there that I have a full four beats in that bar. Adding a pickup bar after the score is created is a much tricker process than deleting a pickup bar, so for now I would tell you that if you need a pickup bar, it's best to make sure that you set it up inside the New Score dialog before creating the score.
- Installing and launching Sibelius
- Opening and closing a score
- Navigating through the score
- Using important single-key shortcuts
- Marking and coloring a score
- Playing and replaying a score
- Editing selections and deleting staves
- Creating a new score and inputting score objects
- Editing during and after note input
- Editing pitches and rhythms
- Working with text styles
- Finishing and printing a score