Jenny Amaya introduces you to the Lines gallery, where you can find, select, and add additional lines to your score, such as glissando lines, pedal lines, octave lines, and more. She also explains the difference between staff and system objects, so that you can understand why some lines, like tempo lines, will appear in every dynamic part; whereas, other lines will only appear in the part you've inputted them into.
- [Instructor] Slurs and Hairpins are grouped into a category in Sibelius that we call Lines. You can see an entire gallery of lines by pressing the letter l on your QUERTY keyboard, or by visiting the Notations tab, Lines Group, and selecting the More button. It looks like an eject button. You click that right there, there's the Lines Gallery. You're encouraged to browse though the Lines Gallery to learn what lines are available to you. It's here where you'll find lines such as Glissandi, Octave lines, Pedal lines, first and second ending lines, and more.
Now besides Slurs and Hairpins, which I've encouraged you to use the shortcuts for, you can load a line into your mouse by clicking on it to select it from the gallery, and then click it onto your score page to input it. So if I grab this Trill, I can go ahead and click it in. Or, if you have anything already selected in your score, then you can choose a line from the gallery and it will input the line next to or above your selection. So if I select this note right here, (quick orchestral music) press l for lines, select the Trill, it puts the trill right above that selection.
Most lines have handles. You can use spacebar or your arrow keys to extend and retract, as well. I'm going to zoom in on that trill that I just inputted, and you can see that it has a selected handle on the right hand end, so I can use spacebar to advance that. It jumped my screen a little but here it is up here, and it's come down to the next system. I can keep pressing spacebar, there it is, Shift Space will retract it, see if we can get it to jump back, there it is up there. You can also use your right arrow or your left arrow to do this, although sometimes it moves in very small increments.
So if you want it to move in slightly larger increments, you can use the More command, which is Command, command does more. So Command Right Arrow will move it a little bit further along for you. And when you're done positioning that line, go ahead and press Escape. So there's a vast array of lines available for you in that Lines Gallery. And objects like lines in Sibelius generally come in one of two varieties: Staff or System. Staff objects attach to staves and appear only in their respective parts.
System objects might appear once or a few times within a score, but they'll appear in every single part. So when you add a line to your score, you'll need to think about whether it will be a staff line or a system line. Basically, whether it will appear in every part or not. Examples of staff lines include Slurs, Hairpins, Trills, and Glissandi. You wouldn't want a slur in your violin part to end up in all of the other parts in the orchestra. You'd just want it to appear on the violin part. So if we take a look right here, if we select the violin and press w, the violin has several slurs in its part.
All of these slurs will not show up in all of the other parts. Even the trill in the flute, if I select this bar, and press with to look at the flute, it has two trills that you can see. If I go into the clarinet, you'll notice there is no trill. Those are staff lines. They're connected to a staff and they only appear in that one staff's part. Example of system lines include Tempo lines and ending lines, which you would want to see perhaps once in a score, but definitely in every single part.
Let's go ahead and input a system line, just for fun here, l for lines, let's choose an ending line. I'm just going to click that in here. And you can see in my score, it only appears above the flute. But don't worry, we do want that to be in all of the parts and no problem, Sibelius will put it there for you. So if I go to the flute, press w, there it is there in the flute, and if I go into the clarinet and press w, there it is also in the clarinet. And I assure you if will also be in the violin. So that's an example of a system line.
So enjoy looking through the Lines Gallery, and working with all of the different lines that Sibelius provides to you. And if you use any of them, be mindful of whether they'll appear in all of your parts or not.
- 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