Join Jenny Amaya for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing and adding lines, part of Sibelius 7 Essential Training.
After entering and editing the notes in your score, you'll probably want to add some lines to the score. Lines in Sibelius include everything from slurs and hairpins, to trills, glissandi, arpeggios, and tempo changes. You can access all of the lines from their group in the Notations tab. So let's go ahead and click on Notations and here are the lines here and you can use the Arrow buttons here to scroll through them, or an even easier way is by pressing the letter L on your QWERTY keyboard; L for Lines. So let's take a look at this Line's dropdown menu.
The Lines Menu is organized into categories, from some of the most common lines that you'll see in your score, like slurs and hairpins, to some more uncommon lines and graphics, if we scroll down, like arrows and dashed lines. Let's go ahead and escape out of the Lines Menu, and just like entering anything on the page, there are two ways to input your lines; you can either load them in your mouse and then click them onto the Score page or you can make a selection first and then select your line and have Sibelius put the line near your selection.
So let's go ahead and load a line in our mouse. Let's load up a trill line. So we've escaped out, let's go ahead and hit L for the Lines Menu. Let's select the Trill with our mouse up here by clicking, and Sibelius has loaded that trill into our mouse for us and now all we have to do is click above a note in the score. So let's go down into the Clarinet part and above this half note here, go ahead and click, and Sibelius connects the line to the note and extends the line for the duration of that note. And most of the lines also do playback.
So if we select the Clarinet part here and hit the letter P to play-- (music playing) --and Escape to stop, you can hear that trill. Now, another way to input a line is to make a selection first. Let's scroll down to the bottom of this score, I'll use Page Down, and let's go ahead and add a first ending here in the second to last bar. So let's make that selection first. I'm going to select this bar, then let's go L for Lines Menu, and we can select the first ending here and Sibelius puts that in above that bar. Now if you're new to Sibelius, you'll discover that there are actually two categories of lines; there are Staff lines and System lines.
You can actually see this division if you visit the Dialog Launcher button for the Edit Lines Menu. So back up into the Ribbon, this Dialog Launcher here, click on that, and you'll see the arrangement of Staff lines versus System lines. Staff lines are lines that attach to an object or a note in a single staff or instrument and they only show up in that particular part. The trill that we inputted into the clarinet part is a good example of a Staff line. It'll only show up in the clarinet part and it will not affect any other parts in our score. System lines also attach to an object or a note in a bar, but System lines, while they may only appear to be connected to one staff in the score, they'll end up showing up in all of the parts.
So the first ending line that we inputted into the score is a good example of a System line. It would be extremely important for that line to show up in all of the parts and not just in the Clarinet part. Let's go ahead and escape out of this dialog and let's take a look at the parts. So to the right-hand side of your score, this little Plus (+) button here, click on that, and let's click on the Clarinet part, and you'll see that the Clarinet has its trill or its Staff line and it also has the System line for the first ending. Let's go back to that little Plus (+) button and let's pull up the Trumpet, and you'll notice there's no trill in the Trumpet part, but we do have that System line, that first ending.
Let's go ahead and go back to our score now, click on Full Score. Now let's go ahead and add one more line into the score, and I'll show you an easy way to adjust the lines after they've been inputted. Let's go ahead and add a Tempo line like an accelerando. So I'm going to Esc, and let's go ahead and select a passage for this. So down at the bottom of the screen here, Bar 15, I'm going to select Bar 15. Hold down Shift and select all the way to the first ending, L for Lines Menu, and let's go ahead and select the accelerando line, and Sibelius inserts that line across my entire selection for me.
Now, you may notice immediately after entering a line that you can see a little small purple box, or what Sibelius calls a handle, attached to the line. You can actually grab that handle and retract and expand the line if you'd like to. Now, if you Esc, you won't be able to see those handles, and even though you can click and kind of guess where they're at, sometimes you might be lucky enough to find them, but there's a little better way if you'd like to get those handles back. You can either use Ctrl+A or Command+A to select all in the score, which shows the handles and then you can grab them and move them around, or you can go up to the View tab, in Invisibles, and you can tell Sibelius to show the Handles, and now I can grab like the first ending, I can drag it and reposition it, and my accelerando line as well.
And the length of the line does affect the playback of the line. So the accelerando is going to begin here, where it's attached to this bar, and it will continue increasing tempo all the way through to the end of the line here before the first ending. So go ahead and spend some time experimenting with all of the different lines that Sibelius has to offer you. Enter them, play them back, and have a little fun with them. And in the next two videos, we'll focus on working specifically with two of the most commonly used staff lines: slurs and hairpins.
Prerequisite: A basic understanding of music notation and theory will yield the best results from this course.
- Working with Magnetic Layout
- Setting essential preferences
- Controlling basic score playback
- Ensuring good score readability and organization
- Adding time signatures and key signatures
- Entering notes, rests, accidentals, and chords
- Inputting notation with a MIDI keyboard
- Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks
- Engraving and formatting
- Saving time with quick key shortcuts
- Printing and exporting a completed project
- Sharing scores via the Scorch plug-in