Notations and Text

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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.

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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I am a composer, orchestrator, and music preparer in New York where I run 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 me from, where I cover tips and news about Sibelius and the field of music notation.