Jenny Amaya explains a variety of ways to input, edit, change, and delete time signatures after the score has been created. She also directs you to additional time signature options, where you can make changes to time signature beam and rest groups before inputting them into your score.
- You can input time signatures in a variety of ways, so let's run through all of the options for inputting time signatures. First, with nothing selected in the score, you can load a time signature into your mouse and then click it onto the score page at the beginning of any bar. To do this, press escape so that nothing is selected in your score. Press T for the time signature gallery or you can visit the Notations tab, Common group, Time Signatures. You can type in or choose a new time signature from here. I'm going to go ahead and choose three-four, and this loads that time signature into my mouse.
Go ahead and click your mouse to right of any bar line where you want the new time signature to appear, and Sibelius puts it in for you. Now, it may not appear to have changed time signatures because you have bar rests in all of your bars, but if you begin to input note values, you'll see that Sibelius has transitioned you from one time signature into another. Another way to input a time signature is by selecting a bar line first and then applying the time signature to the bars after the selected bar line. I'm going to escape so that nothing is selected.
I'm going to choose a bar line. I'll choose this one right here. T for time signature. Select a new time signature. I'm in three-four now, so let's go ahead and go into five-four, and Sibelius puts the new time signature in just to the right of your selected bar line. You can also use Sibelius' Restorative Objects feature with time signatures as well. This works great if you need to migrate into one time signature for a few bars and then return to your previous time signature later.
To do this, go ahead and escape again so that nothing is selected, and you'll need to make a range selection of bars. So, I'm going to move over here to my second page. Remember that I'm in five-four right now. I'm going to select bar eight, hold Shift, and select a few bars later. So, that's my range selection. Again, T for time signature, remembering that I'm in five-four right now. Let's go ahead and move into three-two. I'll select three-two, and Sibelius changes the time signature for that range of time.
So, I'm in three-two at bar eight, and it restores five-four at the end of my selection. You also have access to the old Legacy time signature dialog, which has a few extra, more advanced features inside of it, including Beam and Rest groups, which you may already be familiar with from earlier in this course. To access the Legacy time signature dialog, press escape so nothing is selected in the score. Press T for the time signature gallery. Make your way to the bottom of the gallery to More Options, and click.
This opens the Legacy time signature window. So, if you need to create any unusual time signatures, you could. You can choose Other. We could do something like thirteen-eight if we wanted to, or if you need to create any custom Beam and Rest groups, you can do that from here as well. Click Beam and Rest groups, fill out the information you need, click Okay, and once you have that time signature all set up, click Okay. It's loaded in my mouse, and I can click it onto the page. So, this should've provided you with plenty of information about adding and changing time signatures in Sibelius.
- 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