Below the Sibelius ribbon is the document tab bar where you can open tabs that contain your full score and dynamic parts. In this video, learn how to use and navigate through the document tab bar, how to open dynamic parts, and how to work efficiently between the score and its parts.
- The document tab bar is the horizontal bar located just below the ribbon contents. Document tabs can contain the full score, individual dynamic parts from the score, or different versions of the score, but only if the versions feature is turned on. We've turned it off in preferences for this course. Document tabs cannot contain different scores. When you open a new score it will always appear in its own top-level window. Never as a document tab inside another score's window. To open a part from the score into a document tab, you're going to got to the far-right of the document tab bar to this plus sign. This is the open new tab button, and when you click on this it reveals all of the parts in the score. It would also reveal a list of different versions of your score if the versions feature was turned on. You can click on a part in the list and it will open in its own tab. You can also open a score's part from the full score. I'm going to click on full score here again. If you select a part in the score and then press the letter, W. Think of the term, working, to remember the W shortcut. Because if you continue to press W, it alternates you between working in the score and working in a part. You can maneuver through the existing document tabs and a variety of ways. First, very obvious, by just clicking on them with your mouse. You can also use the shortcut, control, tab, and control, shift, tab, to move right or left through the available tabs. And this shortcut is the same on Mac and P.C. systems. You can also click on the switch tab button on the very far-right of the document tab bar, and this will allow you to switch between open tabs. To close a tab, you can click on its close button. This will be on the left side of the tab on Mac, this X here, or on the right side of a tab on Windows. With a tab in focus, you can also use the shortcut, command, W, on Mac, or control, W, on Windows to close the open or active tab. To close all tabs and the entire document window, you can of course use the main close button in the title bar up here. Or you can use the shortcut, command, shift, W, on Mac. Or control, shift, W, on Windows. This closes your Sibelius score file and should reveal the quick start window again. And let's re-open our score and take a deeper look at dynamic parts. I'm going to go to the recent tab of the quick start and open the score from here. In Sibelius, a score's parts our intelligently linked to the score. So, any changes you make to a part that you would normally want to have updated in the score, such as changing a note's pitch, will automatically update in the score. So, I'm going to go ahead and open this trumpet part, selecting it and pressing W. And if I move the A-flat in the trumpet, this note here, I'm going to select it, (trumpet note) and I'm going to move it way up above the staff using my arrow keys. (trumpet scale) And then if I use W to go back to the score, you'll see that the note has been updated here in the score. Since Sibelius version 8.2, adjusting an inharmonic in a part will not affect the note in the score. So, if we open the electric guitar part. Select it and press W, and select that G-flat in the first full bar, (guitar note) and if we use return or enter to change it to an F-sharp, and then use W to go back to the score, you'll notice, let me slide over here, that it remains a G-flat in the score. Now, likewise, any other changes you make to a part that you would not want to have updated in the score, such as adjusting the parts layout, will not update in the score. So, if I go back into this electric guitar part by pressing W. And if I add a system break right after bar one, selecting the bar line, pressing return or enter, and then go back to the score. And you'll see that there's no system break after bar one in the score. Now, strangely, any part that is open in a document tab can also be open in its own top-level window by focusing on the tab. So, we select the tab, like the electric guitar so it's our active tab. And then on the far-right, in the open new tab list, you can choose new window. If you open a dynamic part in its own top-level window it will have its own entry in the Mac's-dock or in the Windows task bar. However, the part will still be linked to the score and saved within the scores file. It's hard to comprehend, but the part is not existing as its own separate file. In fact, if you select the staff in the part and press W, the score will pop up, proving that they're still part of the same document. You then close the old window. So, I'm going to drag this one down. There's my old window in the background. I can now close it and the score file remains open. One more interesting thing about these document tabs, if you close your score and save it, and then re-open it, Sibelius will remember the tabs that you had open when you closed the score. So, that's a very quick overview of document tabs with a brief introduction to dynamic parts. For the remainder of this course we'll be focusing on the score page, but you're welcome to venture into the parts anytime you wish.
- Advanced navigation options
- MIDI keyboard input of chord symbols
- Importing MIDI Files
- Pasting and importing lyrics
- Multiple voices and hidden objects
- Combining and separating notes into voices
- Inputting appoggiaturas and acciaccaturas
- Graphic notation
- Drum mapping and notation
- Transforming existing music
- Laying out parts