Robert: My question is about Instrument Change placement in Sibelius. In a percussion part, at the end of a system, I want to show a five-line staff for the new instrument, along with the preview clef, but Sibelius moves the five line staff to the start of the subsequent system, rather than allowing it to start just before the new clef:
I know that I can manually (or with the inspector) move the instrument change to the left a bit. However, when I respace the part, the Instrument change will revert to the end of the system.
I’ve tried several approaches. One is invisible rests in another layer, to which the changes are attached…then the rests are hidden. With creativity, the rests can be arranged visually OK. I also know about the Inspector x-axis.
The question really only comes up at the end of systems. I’m wondering if there is something simple that I’m missing.
- Create “real” rests in the bar prior to the instrument change
- Insert the instrument change on the last beat of the previous bar, so it is physically attached to the last beat of the bar before the instrument change, rather than to the downbeat of the following bar.
- Locate the Bar Rest (zero) key in the second keypad, and
- Clear the rests.
You will note that by default, the clef will appear fully in front of the inst. change, but the instrument change itself will not shift to the downbeat of the following bar when you re-space. As you move the clef toward the right barline, when you respace, Sibelius will allocate space for it, so you’ll still need to be aware of this when respacing.
In spite of the fact that there is no perfect solution here particularly if you are dealing with both score and parts in the same file), this is generally a fast and solid workaround.
FWIW, if I were doing a lot of switching back and forth between pitched and un-pitched instruments in the same staff for percussion, I would consider using the “Percussion [5 Lines]” instrument for the non-pitched instruments, with each non-pitched instrument on a different space or line: