In this video, Jenny Amaya defines what the Expression text style is, what it is best used for, and how to best input it into your score. She shows two options for creating expression words, by typing them in or choosing them from the Expression text's word menu. Finally, she shows you how to ensure that your dynamics are inputted with the correct bold, italic font.
- [Instructor] In Sibelius, dynamics are called expressions. The expression textile then is the textile that you'll use for inputting all dynamics which appear in a beautiful, bold italic font, as well as any other expressive text markings that appear below the staff in plain italics, such as crescendo and diminuendo indications. When you input expressions, it's best to attach them to, and position them directly underneath a musical note, even though they can be attached to any position in a bar. The shortcut for expressions text is cmd + e on Mac, or ctrl + e on Windows.
The expression textile is a staff textile, so your expressions will appear only in the part that they're attached to in a score. To input an expression or dynamic marking, select the appropriate musical note that you want the expression to attach to. I'm going to start here in my flute. Then use the shortcut cmd + e on Mac, or ctrl + e on Windows to enter into the expression textile. When you do that, a flashing cursor will appear below the selected note. You have two options when you see the flashing cursor.
You can type the expression word or words yourself, or you can right click and choose the words from the textiles word menu. Once you have your expression in your score, press escape twice. The expression textile is unique in it allows for both a non-bold italic expression marking, and a bold italic dynamic marking. If you decide to type in your own dynamic markings, you may end up with an incorrect styling like this. Select a note, cmd + e, type the letters mp for mezzo piano, and press escape.
Now this may look fine to some of you, but when you contrast that with the proper look of a dynamic, you'll see a very important difference. To input a dynamic correctly in Sibelius while typing it in, you're going to engage the expression textile, so select a note, cmd or ctrl + e, and then you're going to hold down cmd on Mac, or ctrl on Windows while you type in the dynamic, so I'm going to type cmd + mp, and that way it appears in its proper, bold italic font styling.
If you compare my first example to my second, you can see that the second is more stylistically correct. Now if you're wondering why this is even possible to type in two different fonts within one textile, the reason for that is simple. If you've ever seen a crescendo or a diminuendo text indication underneath a staff, you'll notice that it isn't in that bold, pretty font. So if I wanted to tell the flute down here to crescendo, I can select a note, cmd + e, type cresc. and escape, and that is the correct font style for that particular indication.
And if you ever forget what to do with your dynamics, just take a look at your expression text word menu. So I'm going to input another expression text up here, so that you can see this. Cmd or ctrl + e, right click, and you can see here that it tells you for piano marking, hold down command, for forte, hold down command, so it's telling you that for this style you'll need to hold down command. For these, you can just type. There are also some quicker shortcuts that you can use like for crescendo, or you could just type in shift + cmd + c for the whole word to appear so you don't have to type out every letter.
Just like any other object, there are several ways to input the expression textile in Sibelius, but I suggest inputting it exactly as I've shown you as it's the best and most efficient way.
- Installing and launching Sibelius
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- Navigating through the score
- Using important single-key shortcuts
- Marking and coloring a score
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- 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
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