Some educational materials color or mark the strings on which notes appear for a stringed instrument. This document describes how string numbering can be used with plugins in Sibelius scores.
For notation staves there is no user indication as to which strings a note is assigned. Plugins can access string number for notes, but only if the notes had been copied to a Tablature (Tab) staff and copied back.
more >> “String Numbers for Notes on Notation Staves in Sibelius”
I recently heard from my old friend and colleague Sean McMahon. He and I go way back; we worked together on more than a few hectic feature film score schedules back in the day. Sean is currently on the faculty at Berkelee College of Music in Boston, and wanted to get my perspective on music preparation at the college level. I thought I would share our correspondence here.
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Q: I am working on a piece with a lot of meter changes. I don’t know how I can repeat or make copies of those changes. There is a 4 bar pattern with meter changes as 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, (4/4). e.g. the 2nd bar of the pattern is always 3/4. However, when I copy and paste the 4 bars, the meter change isn’t copied. And, when I insert 3/4 and 4/4, the rebarring creates unwanted rests and destroys the pattern! How can I solve this problem?
A: On Mac, if you hold down the Command key when you make a selection, (use the Command key to select one bar, then hold down the Shift key to extend your selection) the selection area will be Purple, not Blue:
more >> “Sibelius : Copy Music with Alternating Meters into a New Location of your Score”
Q: In Sibelius, is it possible to have boxed Rehearsal marks which are automatically vertically aligned with coincident changes of tempo? For example, I have entered the boxed rehearsal letter “A” followed by a tempo marking; “a tempo”. By default, Sibelius aligns the tempo text with the bottom of the enclosure, but I want the tempo text to be centered with the whole height of the boxed rehearsal mark.
A: You’ve touched on two interesting topics related to vertical text alignment here. The first relates to general settings and positioning, and the second, as it concerns Sibelius, relates to collision avoidance. Let’s take a look…
more >> “Sibelius : Vertical Alignment of Tempo Indications With Rehearsal Marks”
There is a quick way to change the page size of all of your parts in one edit operation within Sibelius. Here’s how:
more >> “Sibelius : Change the page size of all of your parts in one edit”
This post explores a couple of ways to redistribute your music notation on the page for better balance and readability. Regardless of the notation program use, hopefully these tips will help you improve the presentation of your music, and help your musicians in the process.
more >> “Balancing Part Layouts for Better Readability”
Q: I’m trying to create a cue line that has text information in it. The problem is that I want the cue text left aligned. The only way to enter text and not a Symbol is to use ‘centered text’, but I don’t want the text to be centered. Any idea? I’m in Sibelius 7.5, Mac.
more >> “Left Align Centered Text Within Sibelius Lines”