Learn more about the new score setup process, your score's initial tempo, a possible pickup bar, the score's starting key signature, and score information such as its title and composer name.
- [Instructor] Below the time signature setup area in the new score dialogue is an area where you can set up a pickup bar. If you know that your score requires a pickup bar, it's best to check the box now next to "Start with bar length of," and after you've checked the box to tell Sibelius that you want it to create a pickup bar, then you'll need to select the length of the pickup bar by choosing a note value from the dropdown menu. You'll have to be careful working in this field, 'cause sometimes Sibelius will actually add two note values together in that field, rather than replacing one for another.
If that happens, you can insert your cursor into the field and use your backspace or delete key to remove the values, and then simply choose another from the dropdown menu. In case you're curious, there actually is no difference if you have three quarter notes in that field versus a dotted half note. As long as you have the correct total number of beats established, then your pickup bar will be fine. You'll be able to notate the rhythms however you'd like once you're in the score. Now, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you set up your pickup bar within the New Score Setup window before creating your score.
It can be very difficult to add, change, or delete a pickup bar after the score has been created. Once you have your pickup bar established, if you continue scrolling down in the New Score Setup window, you'll find a tempo section. This is where you can choose a tempo text or a metronome mark to add to the beginning of your score. To choose a tempo text, you can either type your own tempo inside the field or you can choose a word from the dropdown menu. To include a metronome mark, make sure that you check the box next to metronome mark, and then fill out an appropriate BPM number in the number field.
The tempo text and the metronome mark will both affect the speed of Sibelius's playback. Most tempo words are defined as BPM values inside Sibelius's playback dictionary. Sibelius also understands and interprets metronome markings, and it reads these tempo markings in your score from left to right as it plays through the score. The next section of the new score setup window allows you to set up the opening key signature for your score. To save screen space, the key signatures have been arranged in categories, which you can access from the dropdown menu.
So to choose a key signature, select the proper category. I'll choose major flat keys, and then select the key signature of your choice from within the window. I'll choose F major. If you're looking for C major and A minor, you would need to choose the no key signature category, and then you can choose C major. The only difference between equivalent key signatures, like C major and A minor, is how Sibelius will spell the notes if you input the notes using Flexi-time or real time note input.
Also, if you don't want your composition or any of its parts in the score to have any displayed key signature whatsoever, you'll want to choose the no key signature from within the no key signature category. To make exploring note input easy on yourself, I'd recommend choosing C major for now. The last section of the new score setup window asks for some basic score information. This information becomes important metadata attached to your score. It's best to at least fill out the title and the composer or songwriter name to start with.
So I'm going to title this "My Music," and you can use Tab to move to the next field, and for the composer I'm going to put "Jenny." Don't worry about the lyricist, copyright, or other information, and don't concern yourself with creating a title page yet. Those are features best left for later discussions. You'll be able to edit or add score information later, after your score is created, from within the info page of the file tab. When you've exhausted the options in the New Score Setup window, and you're certain that you've made all of the right decisions for the start of your score, go ahead and click the create button to open your new score as a Sibelius file.
Be warned, you will not be able to get back to the New Score Setup window for this score after you've created it. All adjustments to the score after it's opened in Sibelius must be done through the Sibelius interface. Once your score opens, go ahead and do a quick save so that you can get back to this file in the future. You can go to the file tab, save. Your score title will already be the filename. You can change it if you'd like. Make sure it's going to a location where you're happy with it being saved to, and then click save.
- 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