Jenny Amaya takes you through the steps of completing the notation exercise 2 challenge. Watch how she completes the exercise herself, quickly and efficiently, how she overcomes challenges or mistakes, and how she uses editing commands like Copy/Paste to help speed up her input process.
- [Instructor] So I hope you had a chance to try the second challenge. I'm going to take you through the steps now, so that you can see how I recreate this exercise. We're going to start by creating a new score, using a blank manuscript paper. We're going to use letter paper, in portrait orientation, with the unchanged house style. I'm going to change instruments and add a piano to the score. We're going to use a cut time time signature, and add a quarter-note pickup bar.
The tempo text is moderato, and there is no metronome mark. I'm going to choose the key signature, C Major. The title is, The Entertainer, and the composer is Scott Joplin. Go ahead and create the score. Now before entering any notes, we're going to visit the Appearance tab, the House Styles group over here, Engraving Rules, and on the Staves page, we're going to adjust the space between staves, up here at the top, to 8.5, and click OK.
Now I'm going to begin inputting the notes and objects. So I'm going to select my first beat, move my mouse out of the way, and I'll use a combination of a few different note entry methods here. I'll start with some alpha numeric note input, but at some point, I'm going to be jumping on my midi keyboard to use step time note input, and I'll let you know when I do that. So, in alpha numeric, I'm going to choose an eighth-note, D, and move that down an octave, and have a sharp, and add another D. Then we have an E, quarter-note, C, up an octave, eighth-note, E, down an octave, quarter-note, C, up an octave, eighth-note E, down an octave, C, up an octave, tied over to a half-note C.
Eighth-note rest, C, D-sharp, D, E, C, natural D, E, tied over to another E, B, and now I have a little bit of an interval here, a quarter-note with a staccato and I can do the G, with the number 5, to get that fifth above it. And we're going to do a half-note with no staccato, with a rhythm dot, let's add the accent, put in the E, and let's add a sixth interval to that.
Take off the accent, eighth-note, D, sharp D, and here, I would probably use some copy, paste. We're going to add some bars, Command-B, I'd probably copy this passage right here, and paste it in, right here, just to speed things up a little bit. I have to add a rhythm dot to that note, so I'll add a rhythm dot to that note, move myself over, eighth-note, A, G, then add a sharp F, A, C, accent E, tied, remove the accent, E, D, C, A, half-note dotted.
Let's do a natural F and let's go ahead and add a sixth to that, and if I don't want that natural sign on that D, I can Escape once and press that natural to remove it. My arrow to the right, eighth-note D, sharp D. Now it might actually help, at this point, to set up the layout of your score on the screen to match that of the PDF, so I'm going to go ahead and do this real quick. I'm going to Escape out of note input, and let's get this set up so it's looking a little bit more like the printout.
So I'm going to add some more bars. I know that I need a system break right here, so I'm going to add a system break. And this will help my eyes jump from the paper back to the screen a little bit more easily, so I need four bars here in this system, and I need four bars in the bottom system, as well. I don't need these extra three bars, so Command-click, Shift-click, and Delete. So now, my eyes can jump a little bit more easily from the page to the screen. So I'm going to start back here in bar 9, and actually I have some of this material already, so I'm just going to go ahead and grab it.
We can actually grab it from right here, and copy and paste that into bar 9, so we don't need to re-input that, and let's start right here in bar 11. Eighth-note E, C, natural D, E, tied over to E, B, let's do a quarter note staccato F, with a sixth above it, and a dotted half-note with no staccato, with an accent. There's my E, and my sixth above it.
No accent, let's toggle that off, add an eighth-note, C, up an octave, D, and this is kind of a fun little passage here, accent E, remove the accent, C, D, accent E, remove the accent tied to E, C, D, C, accent E, remove the accent, C, D, accent E, tied over, remove the accent, E, C, D, C, accent E, remove the accent, C, D, accent E, tied over, remove the accent, E, B, quarter-note F, with a sixth above it, and dotted half-note with an accent E, whoops, I pressed C, I'll move it up two and add a sixth above that.
So our top line is looking pretty good. I have to go back in and add a few things, like a slur here. I also need a dynamic marking, so on that D, Command-E, hold Command and type P, and Escape. Looking through this, we need a hairpin here, so select the C, H for hairpin, space that out a little bit. We need a forte marking on that E, Command-E, hold Command and type F. Right here we need a piano marking again, Command-E, Command-P. And we're looking good. We need another hairpin here. H for hairpin, space bar.
We need a dynamic marking of a forte there, Command-E, Command-F, and Escape. We need a slur, S for slur, and we need another slur right there. Here I missed my accent, so I'm going to go ahead and add that in there, Shift-H gives me that decrescendo marking, and I'll space that out. And I need another slur right there. Looking at this, I need a piano marking here, Command-E, Command-P, we can do H for hairpin, move that through with the space bar, Command-E, F, and let's make sure we do a slur there, as well.
Right here we're good. We need a fortissimo marking Command-E, F, F, and the last phrase looks good. So now I'm going to focus on the bottom staff. For most of this, I'm actually going to use my midi keyboard because there are a lot of intervals and chords, and I think I can type those out a little bit more quickly in Step Time. So I'm going to start right here, tell Sibelius where I'm going to begin. Going to choose a quarter-note value in my keypad, and press the note on my midi keyboard.
Great, I'm in the right octave. And so, these are just simple quarter-notes, so I just play the notes as they go along. (soft chording) And I need a staccato.
And it looks like we didn't put our system break in, so I'm going to go ahead and do that right there, right now. So that's looking pretty good on that top line. Looks like we might be able to use some of this material again, so I believe this bar I an copy right into this bar. That looks correct. I can use at least the first two notes of this bar here, and then I need a quarter-note with a tenuto marking, E, E-flat, right? And then I need to remove that tenuto and add an accent. I need a quarter-note with a rhythm dot.
And let's see if I can play these notes in. (chord plays) And now I need the same notes with an eighth-note, so I'm going to select an eighth-note and play those again, (chord plays) and press the tie button, and change it to a half-note with no accent, and play those notes again (chord plays). There we go. This is a really long spread on this note, so I'm going to choose a quarter-note with an accent, find those notes on my midi keyboard, (chord plays) and play them like that. And then I have a tenuto marking, no accent, with a little walking bass here.
And remove that tenuto marking. And I think we can do some more copy, paste again. So taking a look at bar 9, let's see if we can take some of this material. I'm actually going to take all of this material, copy that and paste it in here, and then we can just re-edit it. So as we go along and compare it to the printout, this note here needs to be a C, up an octave, great, and that looks good. And this is a little bit different. This is just a C down an octave, and that has a fourth above it.
That note up an octave with a fourth below it. We have one more line to finish down here. We have some half-notes, so let's go ahead and select that, and choose half-note with an accent, and I'm going to go ahead and play these notes in again, moving over to my midi keyboard. (chords play) And a quarter-note, and I can fix that note, if I'm incorrect.
I'll get a few of these wrong, actually, and here we go, last three notes (notes play). Let's do some editing of these. My midi keyboard is not in the most ideal of places. I recommend setting it up ergonomically so that it works a little bit better for you. And that looks good, that looks good. We don't need an accent there, or there, or there, that needs to move up one, I'm just using my arrow key. No accent there, no accent, no accent, and we'll leave that accent in.
So that's the process I use to create this challenge. My method is just one of many ways this could have been approached, and I actually use several methods within that challenge. I don't expect you to complete this as quickly as I have, but with some practice, you are certain to improve. And now that we're at the very end of this course, let's let the music of Mr. Joplin take us out. ("The Entertainer")
- 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