This video provides you with a description and demonstration of contiguous, blue-colored "edit" selections, including range selections across several bars or staves, and the different ways to edit the contents within the selection. Learn about using contiguous range selection to delete a staff from your score, as well as the different results you will obtain if you delete material from a whole bar selection vs. a partial bar selection.
- [Instructor] There are a variety of ways to make contiguous selections of material in Sibelius, contiguous meaning selecting from point A to point Z and everything in between. There are also a few different types of selections that you can make, the most common being a blue edit selection, which allows you to edit the materials within it. As you work through this lesson, remember to escape after making all of your selections, to deselect one selection before moving on to the next. The simplest way to make a contiguous-edit selection is by single-clicking inside any bar in your score, within the staff lines but not on top of any of the objects, so that you get a blue edit selection.
With this type of selection you can edit the contents of the bar in a variety of ways, particularly if your bar has musical notes in it. You can use your up-arrow or down-arrow keys to move the selected notes up or down diatonically. You can use Command + Arrow Up, or Command + Arrow Down on Mac or Control + Arrow Up, or Control + Arrow Down on Windows to move the selected notes up or down by an octave. Once again, we're using our theme command or control does more. You can use buttons on the Keypad panel to add articulations.
So if I want to add accents to all of these notes, I can come over here to the keypad, and choose an accent, and all of the notes will become accented. You could also add accidentals to the notes if you'd like to. This is a great way to get started using the buttons on that Keypad panel. If you're not seeing your Keypad panel on the screen, you can go to the View tab, Panels group, and make sure that Keypad is selected. With the blue-bar selection you can also use the return key on Mac or the enter key on Windows to respell the selected pitches enharmonically.
I'm going to go ahead and make this selection one more time. Let me zoom in a little bit so you can see this better. And press return, and all of the notes are respelled enharmonically. Also, if you recall, with the blue-bar selection, you can use delete on Mac or backspace on Windows to clear the contents of the selection. If your selection contains a whole bar, Sibelius will provide you with a centered bar rest after deleting its contents. I'm going to escape, and zoom out a little bit for the next feature I'm going to show you.
Instead of single-clicking within a bar, if you double-click, and again, within the staff lines but not on top of an object, you click twice, then you'll end up selecting all of the bars in one staff for the length of one system. You can now edit the contents of every object within this extended selection in all the same ways I just described. Continuing with the same type of function, it logically follows that if you escape and then triple-click inside of a single bar, you'll select that staff for the entire length of the score.
If I zoom out, you'll see that that staff has been selected through the entire score. Editing the contents of a selection this large is probably not an ideal way to work. But there's something else you can do when you have a staff selected for the entire duration of the score. You can delete the staff from the score entirely. With your staff selected, press delete on Mac or backspace on Windows, and Sibelius will ask you if you want to delete the music in the staff or if you want to remove the selected staff from the file.
If you click No, Sibelius will just delete the contents of the staff, leaving you with bar rests throughout your score. I'll go ahead and do that right now. I'll zoom in so you can see. All we have are bar rests. I'm going to undo that to get my notes back, and press delete again. If you click Yes, you'll remove the selected staff from the score entirely. This is my electric-guitar staff, and now it's gone. Triple-clicking in a bar will select a staff for the entire duration of the score so that you can either clear the contents of the staff entirely or delete the staff from the score.
There are additional ways to make contiguous-range selections for editing besides just clicking in a bar. In fact, your selections do not have to contain whole bars. You can use your mouse along with the shortcut modifier, shift, to create contiguous edit selections between objects. As you'll discover, the shift key modifier is actually thematically assigned to the contiguous-range selection of objects in Sibelius. To begin, I'm going to zoom in just a little bit more here. Go ahead and click on any object. I'll choose this note right here.
(horn tooting) Hold down your shift key, and select another object any direction away from the first object. Essentially, I've just made a range selection from what I would call point A to point Z and everything in between. You can even continue holding shift and clicking on other objects in any direction to expand your contiguous-range selection left, right, up, or down. If I hold shift, and click up here, I've moved the selection up.
Hold shift, and click to the right, and I've moved it to the right. Remember that you can edit the contents of any blue contiguous-edit selection, moving the notes up and down, adding articulations, and doing all sorts of other things. However, the only way to delete the contents of a bar and to have Sibelius input a centered bar rest is by including the whole bar within your selection. So if I delete the contents of this selection, you'll see that I'll end up with a bar rest in the center bar because the whole bar was selected, but over here I'll have some editing to do.
If I escape, I can use the shift-click process to select a range of whole bars if I'd like to, as well. So I can click in one bar, hold shift, click in another bar, and now I've made a range selection of three full bars. When you make a range selection including a whole bar or several bars like this, then if you delete the contents, you'll end up with those bar rests in those bars. Another way to make a contiguous-range selection is by using your arrow keys along with the shift key modifier.
I'm going to use my end key to move us over to the right so we have something to work with here. I'm going to go ahead and select an object. I'll choose this B-flat note right there. Zoom in just a tiny bit. So if I hold shift, and then use my arrow up, arrow to the right a few times, arrow down, arrow to the left, it's going to make that selection from my initial starting point. If I've expanded my selection too far in any one direction with any of those arrow keys, the opposite arrow key will not retract my selection; it'll just add to the selection in the opposite direction.
To retract your selection, you have to use undo. So, Command + Z will undo you through the selection process. You can also use your mouse as a selection tool to lasso objects and create a selection. To do this, go ahead and escape so that nothing is selected in your score, and you're going to use command on Mac or shift on Windows, noting the difference in the modifier between the two.
Windows has gotten this right, by the way. Shift for contiguous selection. We're going to use command for this on Mac. So you're going to hold that modifier key down, command on Mac or shift on Windows, and while holding down the modifier, click with the mouse over any plain white area of the score page where no objects reside. Click and hold. Then you drag across the selection, and your objects are selected. Then you can let go of your mouse and your modifier, and you've made a contiguous selection from point A to point Z and everything in between.
That's called lassoing a selection. I've shown you many ways to make contiguous-range selections; although they're all very similar and easily interchangeable, depending on your tastes. There's one more way to make a contiguous-range selection that in some instances may be the best way to select a specific range of bars. If you know the bar numbers that you'd like to select, you can use the select-bars feature to have Sibelius select those bars for you. We're going to go ahead and escape again so that nothing is selected.
I'm going to zoom out so that we can see a few whole bars here, noting that this is Bar 10. There's a bar number there. So this would be 11. We're going to go to the Home tab. In the Home tab there is a Select group. In the Select group there's a Bars area. Go ahead and click on that Bars button, and it brings up the Select Bars dialog. You can also use the shortcut Command + Option + A on Mac or Control + Alt + A on Windows to get to this dialog.
In the Select Bars dialog type in some bar numbers for the bars you would like to include within your selection. I'm going to include Bar 11 through 13. And click OK, and Sibelius makes that range selection for you. Because there was nothing selected in the score, Sibelius makes an edit selection of the bars across every staff in the system. If I escape, and I select an object in any staff, it could be a whole bar or just a simple note, in these e-piano, for example, and then if I select bars, let's say, from 11 to 13, and click OK, it will only make the selection for that one staff.
You can use that select-bars feature in either of those two ways, depending on what you need the outcome to be. This has been a pretty full lesson, providing multiple ways for you to make contiguous-range selections between bars and objects in all directions. Now you can experiment with all of the ways to make these selections, and eventually settle in with the process that works best for you.
- 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