Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5

With Sibelius 7.5, you can express, accelerate, and promote your creativity in more ways than ever before—join composer, orchestrator, and music preparer Philip Rothman to get started fast.

In this five-part tutorial series, we’ll review the basics of Avid Sibelius 7.5, so you can get started fast and make music as quickly as possible. These tutorials are designed mostly for those new to Sibelius, but existing users may also discover helpful tips along the way.

Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5 (Lesson 1)

Fundamentals

In this lesson, we’ll jump right in and cover the most fundamental elements of music notation: notes and rhythms. We’ll go over how to enter music using the mouse, a virtual on-screen keyboard, and your computer keyboard, and we’ll use your MIDI keyboard to play music right into Sibelius. We’ll also cover how to select, copy, move and delete music in your score.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5 (Lesson 2)

Score Setup and Navigation

In this lesson, I’ll cover how to set up and add instruments to a new score. You’ll learn how to easily navigate complex scores with the Timeline window, new in Sibelius 7.5. I’ll also cover how to use the ribbon-style interface.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5 (Lesson 3)

Notations and Text

In this lesson, I’ll cover how to create and use the various score elements that are known as Notations and Text. Notations include things like key and time signatures, clefs, special barlines, hairpins, and slurs. Text can be anything from dynamics, expressions, and technique text, to tempo markings, lyrics, chord symbols, rehearsal marks, and title text.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5 (Lesson 4)

Layout, Instrument Changes, Transposition, and Playback

In this lesson, I’ll cover layout tips and techniques. You’ll learn instrument changes, how to transpose music, and how to work with transposing scores. I will also demonstrate Sibelius playback features, including video.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Sibelius 7.5 (Lesson 5)

Lesson 5: Parts, Printing, Exporting, and Sharing

In the fifth and final lesson, I’ll work with a unique feature in Sibelius—Dynamic Parts. This powerful feature automatically creates separate instrumental parts—and instantly updates them as you make changes to the score.

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About the author

Philip Rothman is a composer, orchestrator, and music preparer in New York, where he uses Sibelius on a daily basis. Philip has composed and orchestrated for major orchestras, feature films, and television programs. He runs NYC Music Services, a full-service music preparation firm whose clients include Carnegie Hall, NFL Films, The Metropolitan Opera, and leading composers and publishers. You may also know Philip from the users’ blog SibeliusBlog.com, where he covers tips and news about Sibelius and the field of music notation.