Jenny Amaya explains a variety of ways to input, edit, change, and delete clefs after the score has been created. She shows how a clef's position can be adjusted, and the effect a clef change has on the notes within a staff.
- [Instructor] Adding or changing clefs on a staff in Sibelius is a very simple process. You can work with clefs in all of the same ways that you work with other score objects. You can load clefs into your mouse and click them unto the page, you can make an object selection and have them appear next to your selection or you can make a range selection and create a restorative object situation with two different clefs on the same staff. The shortcut key for clefs is q, c has been taken by the note named c, so q was the next best phonetic choice.
So to access the clef's gallery, press escape so that nothing is selected in your score then press q or you can visit the notations tab, common group, clef. Go ahead and select a clef from the gallery, I'm going to choose base clef, it's now loaded in your mouse your mouse should be blue, find a place on a staff where you'd like to put that new clef in and click. Sibelius automatically updates subsequent systems to show the new clef as the new permanent clef.
If there are any notes on a staff where a clef change is inputted, the notes will update automatically to read properly in the new clef. So let's try this, I'm going to input a simple C major scale in my clarinet in b flat part and if you don't know how to input note sheet that's okay, just follow along with me on my screen. (classical music playing) and I'm going to go ahead and drop this down by one octave making a selection and using command arrow down.
I'm going to input an alto clef right before this scale to show you how Sibelius adjusts the notes to fit within the clef. This time I'm going to select the bar rest just before the bar where my scale begins. Q for clef, I'm going to select an alto clef and Sibelius puts that in just before that selected bar rest and adjusts the notes to the right to fit into the new clef. Now I can actually take this one step further with clefs because they're click and draggable.
If you click on a clef change meaning this right here, this clef that I just inputted, you can actually click and drag it, so I'm going to start dragging it to the right and you'll notice as I pass through the notes that the notes to the left of my alto clef are now in treble clef and the notes to my right are in alto clef. So you can be very precise with the positioning of your clef changes. Now you'll notice that you can't delete clefs that are at the start of the score or at the start of a system. In fact you can't even select them, if you try you'll just end up moving the paper.
So if I needed to change a clef at the start of the score or at the start of a system, I'd have to replace it with something else. So if I press escape, q for clef, I'm going to load a base clef into my mouse and if I want the oboe to begin in base clef, I would just hover over its existing clef and click. So you can't delete clef changes at the beginning of a system, you have to replace them, but you can delete clef changes where they originally appear within the staff by selecting and deleting them.
In other words, these changes that I've made here and here I can select those and I can use backspace or delete to delete them. You can also use Sibelius' restorative objects feature with clefs. To do this, you'll make a range selection. I'm actually going to go ahead and choose just a portion of my C major scale to do this. Sibelius will give me a new clef at the beginning of my selection and it will restore the old clef at the end. So I'm going to press q for clef, let's turn it into a tenor clef this time and now I've got a tenor clef at the beginning of what was my selection and Sibelius has restored my treble clef at the end.
One quick note about transposing clefs, let's take a look at them inside of our clef's gallery. Go ahead and open the clef's gallery by pressing q and scroll on down. You'll see that you have a section for octave transposing clefs here. Octave transposing clefs in Sibelius so those within eight or 15 above or below them function the same as non-transposing clefs. The octave transposition for playback is defined within the instrument's definition in Sibelius and not within the clef itself.
So simply inputting these clefs into a part in the score will not transpose the notes up or down during playback. And finally, of course there is a legacy clef dialogue for you located at the bottom of the clef gallery called more options, go ahead and choose more options. And this is the clef's dialogue where one or two more advanced clef options can be found. For now you should have no trouble working with simple clef changes in your score or parts.
- 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