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2016: A year in review

by Philip Rothman on December 26, 2016 · 6 comments

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Have some down time during the holidays? Or looking to get ahead for the new year? Here you’ll find many of the posts 2016, from industry news to tips and tutorials in the field of music notation software and related technology.


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Sibelius blog: Top posts of 2013

by Philip Rothman on December 26, 2013 · 0 comments

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A holiday reading list of some of the top articles from the past year on this blog. News, tips, and reviews await you as you cozy up to the fire.


Access the Create menu in Sibelius 7

by Philip Rothman on November 18, 2013 · 11 comments

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Sibelius 7 — with its Ribbon interface — has been with us for more than two years. If you’re one of those Sibelius 6 (or earlier) holdouts still kicking and screaming your way through Sibelius 7, here’s a little tip to ease the transition: You can still access the old, familiar Create menu in Sibelius […]


A quick guide to note entry methods

by Philip Rothman on November 13, 2012 · 3 comments

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Part of Sibelius’s appeal is how intuitive it is to use. Within a few moments of launching Sibelius for the first time, a new user can start creating music. Another appealing thing is that there are often many ways to accomplish the same task. Sometimes, though, we tend to stick with how we first learned […]


Advanced selection techniques in Sibelius

by Daniel Spreadbury on May 23, 2012 · 9 comments

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In this guest post, Bruce Munson, explains some of the advanced selection techniques you can employ in Sibelius. Bruce is a composer, arranger, copyist and Sibelius trainer, based in the San Francisco bay area, and runs regular training sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced users at various venues in California and around the US. For more details […]


Two suggested sites for your reading list

by Daniel Spreadbury on September 19, 2011 · 2 comments

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One of the great things about the vibrant and passionate user community that surrounds Sibelius is that professionals are willing to share their expertise and insight with the rest of us, and often for free. I want to draw your attention to two sites run by expert Sibelius users, who also happen to be expert […]


Creating single parts from multiple staves

by Daniel Spreadbury on April 26, 2011 · 10 comments

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I get asked surprisingly often how to create an instrumental part containing multiple staves. It’s not surprising that I get asked this — after all, it’s a common enough requirement, particularly so for percussionists — but rather that people haven’t figured it out for themselves, or been able to find the information in Sibelius’s documentation. […]


Four types of selection in Sibelius

by Daniel Spreadbury on March 3, 2011 · 2 comments

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A couple of days ago, I wrote that one of the axioms of efficient use of Sibelius is: “Copy, don’t reinput.” With that in mind, I thought it was worth reinforcing one of the corollaries of that axiom, concerning the four types of selection in Sibelius. Those four types are as follows: single selection, where […]


Getting selective with filters

by Daniel Spreadbury on March 1, 2011 · 5 comments

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One of the axioms for efficient use of Sibelius is: “Copy, don’t re-input.” If you can copy and paste something rather than input it again, you’re going to save time. Sibelius provides many ways to copy and paste, including Alt+click, R to repeat something after itself, multicopy (to fill one or more staves with one […]


Creating composite symbols in Sibelius

by Daniel Spreadbury on January 11, 2011 · 7 comments

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Sibelius includes many hundreds of different symbols for every purpose, but every now and again you may find yourself requiring a symbol that isn’t included. One way to create a new symbol is to combine two or more existing symbols into a new one, creating a composite symbol. In the above video tutorial, I explain […]