Q: How can I enter a bar rest for a specific voice in Sibelius?
For instance, when I write music in two voices, in the event that the first voice pauses, bar rests are automatically notated above the second voice, should it continue:
Conversely, this is not the case.
A: Locate the bar rest on the second Keypad layout, which can be used during note input to enter whole rests in a specific voice…
… or to turn existing notes or rests into a bar rest.
A German version of this quick tip („Ganztaktpausen erstellen in Sibelius”) is available here.
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I have a project which requires me to show beamed groups of stems with no noteheads:
it’s easy to create these beamed groups of stems only in Dorico, Finale and Sibelius. Here is how.
more >> “Create Beamed Groups of Headless Note Stems in Dorico, Finale & Sibelius”
Q: When I input a chord (say, C-E-G) and then hit enter to tie it to the next chord, it USUALLY works fine. The big exception is when I enter the C-E-G chord, then press the dot to add dotted rhythm, and THEN hit enter to add a tie. In that case it ONLY adds a tie to the bottom note of the chord. Is this a feature or a bug, or am I doing the workflow wrong?
A: It’s a great question. In this particular situation, you are getting caught by the Escape key feature in Sibelius which normally allows you to “walk back“ out of any type of edit.
more >> “Adding ties to chords of different durations in Sibelius”
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”
Since Sibelius version 1, plug-ins have been able to run other plug-ins. For example, the Proof-read plug-in is just a container that lets you call the main Run() method of the plug-ins Check Pizzicatos, Check Clefs,… so you can do all your proofreading at once. These plug-ins were designed to be called by other plug-ins, and typically do not display a dialog when they run.
This document will discuss plug-ins that call the top-level Run() method of other plug-ins, which is equivalent to running the plugin from the plug-in menu.
more >> “Plug-ins that run other plug-ins in Sibelius”
A quick question: A student of mine was told that seeing each 16th note in bar like the attached pic is clear:
My proposed solution was to use fewer 16th notes and rests for the same effect, e.g. an 8th with a staccato dot plus 16th rest and 16th note, all beamed together:
What’s your take on this? Thanks much.
more >> “To Beam or Not To Beam; That is the Question”