Join Jenny Amaya for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing with the Cut, Copy, Paste, and Repeat commands, part of Sibelius 7 Essential Training.
Sibelius allows you to use all of the traditional editing commands, such as cut, copy, paste, and repeat. And as you're about to see, these commands, if you execute them properly, can be very powerful, time-saving, score editing tools. To begin with this example, let's go ahead and add another staff below the staff that's on the page. That way we'll have a place to copy into. So this is a little refresher. We're going to hit the letter I on the QWERTY keyboard for the Instruments dialog. And I'll show you how to find a basic treble clef staff here, down in the left-hand corner, in the Others category, and you may have to double-click on your Others category to show the instruments.
There is an Unnamed treble and bass staff. I'm going to double-click on the treble staff to add it to the score. So this is where you would go if you ever wanted to just find a plain old treble clef or bass clef staff, with no instrument associated with it. So now that that's added to the score, let's go ahead and click OK, and Sibelius will add it in there for us. When you edit in Sibelius, particularly when you use cut, copy, and paste, selection is very important. You have to be very specific with your selection. So let's go ahead and copy a bar of music, using a traditional editing command for Copy.
Go ahead and select the first bar of music here by just clicking in it, and you can locate the traditional Copy command in the Home tab, in the Clipboard section here, or of course, you can use the traditional shortcut Control+C, or Command+C on Mac. So I have got that selected, I am going to use Control+C, and Sibelius leaves a copy of that on your score, and puts a copy in the Clipboard for you. So now we are going to make a selection to tell Sibelius where we're going to paste the contents of the Clipboard, and since it's just the full bars worth the material, we can just make another full bar selection here.
And to paste, you can use the button in the ribbon, or use the shortcut Control+V on PC, or Command+V on Mac. And that's very simple, and you can Escape to deselect. Now, sometimes you may want to offset where you paste the material, so you might want, let's say, the whole note A here, and the half note C, you might want to select that, and maybe instead of pasting it starting on beat 1 down here, you might want to paste it starting on beat 3. Now to do this, we need to show beat 3. So I am going to select that whole rest there, and let's go ahead and change it into a half rest by just selecting the half note value in the Keypad, and let's go up and select the whole note, and the half note to copy it to the Clipboard, so let's copy these notes, let's click on the A, hold down Shift, and click on the C, and Control+C to copy it to the Clipboard.
Now we're going to select beat 3 down here, clicking on that half note there, and paste; Control+V or Command+V. And Sibelius makes that adjustment for us, tying over that whole note as two half notes, and Escape will deselect. You can also copy material for more than one staff at a time. So if we wanted to copy the material from both staves in bars 1 through 3, we would first need to make that selection, so clicking up here in the top of bar 1, hold down Shift, and click in the bottom of bar 3, and let's go ahead and copy that to our Clipboard, Control+C or Command+C. And another thing you need to know about pasting in Sibelius is that the material that you paste will delete anything that's in its path.
So if I select the top of, let's say, bar 7 here, and if I was to paste those three bars worth of material into the top of bar 7, you'll see that all of this material in its way will be deleted, or replaced. So let's go ahead and paste that, Control+V, and there you go. So be aware that when you paste over existing material, the existing material will be replaced by the contents of your Clipboard. Now, if you do need to insert material into your score, and squeeze it in, in between existing material, you can do that.
You can add a bar in between them. So let's go ahead and undo this paste that we just made; Control+Z. And maybe we want to squeeze these three bars in between these two bars here. So let's take a look; we have a descending eighth note pattern here in bar 8 that we don't want to delete, so we need three bars before the existing bar 8. So to do that, we're going to insert three bars in between the existing bar 6, and bar 7. Let's go ahead and select bar 7, and we'll tell Sibelius to add these bars after bar 7. So you can make your way up to the Home tab again, to the Bars section; this little downward facing arrow here.
Now, what we've been doing to add bars is we've been adding bars at the end, which is that Control+B command, or Command+B. What we want to do this time is add single bars. This is kind of like inserting bars, this next selection here. There it is: Control+Shift+B, or Command+Shift+B on Mac. So if I click it once, Sibelius will add one bar, and then I can use the shortcut Control+Shift+B to add two more bars in there. So now I've made the space for those three bars worth of material, and if I make a selection here, and paste Control+V or Command+V, now I have not replaced the existing material.
There is my descending eighth note line. Now, one more note about pasting. I said that your insertion point needs to be specific. Now, I still have these two staves worth of material on my Clipboard. So if I go down here, let's say I go into the bottom staff this time, instead of the top staff, and I make a selection and I paste, Control+V, Sibelius will only paste in the top staff's material for me. So again, selection and insertion points are important to think about before you copy and paste, because pasting is a left to right, and top-down process.
Now, another way to copy material is to cut it out first, and we can just use a traditional Cut command for that either by selecting it up here in the ribbon, or using Control+X or Command+X. So let's select the contents of a bar; let's do these descending eighth notes in bar 11. Select those, Control+X or Command+X will remove them from the file, and then we can paste them in, let's say, in the staff below, make a selection, and Control+V or Command+V to paste them back in. We don't always have to use bar selections; we can select individual notes or objects to cut, copy, and paste.
So let's take a look at these two accident notes here, maybe. Let's select the first one, hold down Shift, and select the second one, and let's copy those to our Clipboard; Control+C or Command+C. And maybe we want to paste those starting on beat 4 of this bar down here. So again, we need to show beat 4, let's select that half note rest, turn it into a quarter note in our Keypad, so now we have the quarter note beat 4 here, and make that selection. We're going to tell Sibelius to paste those two notes right there. So with it selected, Control+V or Command+V, and there are our two notes on beats 4 and 1.
Now, there is another way to copy and paste in Sibelius that's even faster than using traditional shortcuts. So let's go ahead and copy a selected bar or two from the top staff down to the bottom staff again. So I am going to use my mouse scroll to scroll down here, and make a selection of these two bars using Shift+Click. Now, this time, instead of using the traditional commands, let's do this: we've made the selection, and if you're on PC, go ahead and hold down the Alt key. If you're on Mac, hold down Option. Move your mouse over to the position where you want the start of the paste to begin.
In this case, I've put it at the beginning of a bar. I am still holding that Alt or Option button; all you have to do is just click with your mouse, and Sibelius will copy the material over for you. And if you have a two-button mouse, instead of holding Alt or Option, you can just aim and click with both mouse buttons at the same time to perform the same operation. And again, remember, if you want to offset where the material is pasted, you have to create the beat first. So with this same selection, if I wanted to paste the same material, let's say, over here in this bar, but instead of beginning on beat 1, let's say we want to begin on beat 2, I'd have to make that beat show up first.
So I've selected that bar, and change it to a quarter note, make my selection, and this time, with no modifiers or anything pressed down, with just that selection, I'm going to move my mouse to beat 2 here, and using both of my mouse buttons, I'm going to click, and Sibelius has adjusted the rhythm, and made that paste for me. And you can escape out of that. Now, there is one more editing command that's very easy and fun to use, and it will definitely save you a lot of time, and that is Repeat. So let's scroll up here, I am going to use my mouse scroll, and I am going to drag this paper over, so we can see the last page.
And let's add some bars to the end, so Control+B, or Command+B, and Escape. To use the Repeat command, you need to make a selection of material that you'd like to repeat, so I am going to select all three of these bars here. And then all you have to do is hit the letter R to repeat. Now notice, when you repeat, it will copy and paste the selection immediately after itself. So in this case, this G at the start of the selection is going to be right here on beat 1 at the end of the selection. So the letter R, and it repeats.
So those are your copy, cut, paste, and repeat commands. We didn't work with any transposing staves, but rest assured, if you copy and paste from any staff into any other, Sibelius will always get the transposition correct for you. In the next video, I'll give you a real life example of how using all of your editing commands in the proper order can help you create a simple piece of music out of a single notated musical line.
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