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Sibelius 2019 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Overview 5:41


    Take a guided tour to become familiar with the Sibelius user interface.

  • The Quick Start Window 3:46

    The Quick Start Window

    This is where you start your projects. The five tabs and their features are all covered in detail.

  • Creating a Project 6:22

    Creating a Project

    Learn all the steps needed to create a new project.

Chapter 2 : Preferences

  • Display Preferences 2:14

    Display Preferences

    Tool Windows, Note Spacing, Bar Numbers, Custom View options and more are covered.

  • Files Preferences 3:28

    Files Preferences

    Learn how files are opened, determine window sizes, choose date and time displays for printing, and set default page size.

  • Keyboard Shortcut Preferences 4:59

    Keyboard Shortcut Preferences

    See how to set your language, choose and edit feature sets, create and delete key commands, as well as limit what commands and features are available.

  • Saving & Exporting Preferences 1:22

    Saving & Exporting Preferences

    Discover how to use file paths for saving and exporting files, set the time increment for Auto-save and the file path and total backups for Auto-backup.

  • Score Position Preferences 3:44

    Score Position Preferences

    Learn how Input and Editing have follow selection choices and new system choices, as well as Play and Flexi-time choices that include follow playback line and a different zoom setting then editing.

  • Textures Preferences 2:35

    Textures Preferences

    See how you can customize the look of your desk and paper.

  • Other Preferences 3:25

    Other Preferences

    Now learn how you can choose your Ruler Divisions, Undo Value and Comments Settings. Then explore how to reset warning messages and choose start up settings, as well as some chord and copy/paste settings.

Chapter 3 : The Ribbon Tabs

  • Files Tab 6:39

    Files Tab

    This video explains and demonstrates the elements of the Files Tab which includes File Opening and Saving, Info, Export and Plug-ins.

  • Home Tab 6:02

    Home Tab

    Here you can do essential Score Setup and Editing, Copy and Paste, adding and removing Instruments, editing Bars, selection techniques and plug-in management.

  • Note Input Tab 5:45

    Note Input Tab

    Learn Note Input techniques, adding Intervals, Cross-Staff Beaming and Exploding and collapsing Parts are covered.

  • Notations Tab 6:55

    Notations Tab

    Learn to enter Staffs, Signatures and Bar Lines, as well as how to navigate through the Lines and Symbols galleries. Changing Note Heads, Beaming and adding Brackets are also explained.

  • The Text Tab Pt. 1 7:37

    The Text Tab Pt. 1

    See how to Create, Format and Edit the Expression, as well as use the Technique and System Text. Text and Character styles are also explored.

  • The Text Tab Pt. 2 6:12

    The Text Tab Pt. 2

    Learn Chord entry via Text, using Harmonic Analysis and MIDI keyboard entry techniques. Then Guitar Chord Frames, Rehearsal Marks, as well as Bar and Page numbering are also discussed.

  • The Play Tab 9:12

    The Play Tab

    Learn to select and modify your playback device and configurations. Then take a quick look at transport controls and tour the Interpretation group elements. Lastly, have a look at working with video.

  • The Layout Tab Pt. 1 5:33

    The Layout Tab Pt. 1

    This video starts with setting Page Margins and Orientation, choosing Page and Staff sizes, and creating a Title page. Then see how to reset Staff Spacing and Align Staves, along with the Focus on Staves feature.

  • The Layout Tab Pt. 2 7:33

    The Layout Tab Pt. 2

    Now explore the Magnetic Layout, System and Page Breaks, along with Multi-Rests, as well as how to Format Elements.

  • Appearance Tab 4:45

    Appearance Tab

    Take a look at House Styles, Instrument Names, Design and Position, Resetting Notes, assigning System Objects to Staves, Aligning items and the Layering of items.

  • The Parts Tab 6:10

    The Parts Tab

    Now see how to Add, Modify or Delete Parts, Customize their appearance and reset to Score Layout. Printing and Extracting Parts as Files is also covered.

  • Review Tab 5:30

    Review Tab

    Learn how to create Annotations, Add Comments and Highlight your Score, as well as how to create different versions and compare them. Then see how to use Review Mode to safely add Comments, Highlights and Annotations.

  • View Tab 4:37

    View Tab

    See how to change your Document View and how to use the Zoom Tool. Next, discover how to manage your view of Invisibles like Bar Numbers, Handles and Panels like the Keypad and Transport. Working with multiple open windows is demonstrated as well.

Chapter 4 : Start From a Blank Project

  • Starting a Project 5:49

    Starting a Project

    This videos starts with a Blank Project and then adds Instruments. Next, Input Devices Preferences are covered and Instrument Sounds are tested with a MIDI controller. Then Time and Key Signatures are added, as well as the Title Text.

Chapter 5 : Note Input Methods

  • Keypad 4:11


    The Keypad establishes conditions for entering and modifying Notes, Rests and Articulations in Step Entry. Its features and functions are explored here and keyboard shortcuts are shown as well.

  • Mouse Note Input 8:13

    Mouse Note Input

    Mouse and Note Input preferences are reviewed, then using the Mouse and Keypad for Note Entry is demonstrated. Learn how to create Triplets and Quintuplets, and Copy/Paste selections using the Option/Alt key and the letter R.

  • Duration Before Pitch 6:21

    Duration Before Pitch

    Mouse and Note Input preferences are reviewed, then using both a QWERTY and MIDI Keyboard for note entry is demonstrated. Editing Note Pitches with up/down arrows and Selecting Score Elements with the left/right arrows is also covered.

  • Pitch Before Duration 4:52

    Pitch Before Duration

    Mouse and Note Input preferences are now shown for when using a MIDI keyboard for note entry. Moving the Caret, Entering Notes, Adding Markings, Locking Note Durations, Enharmonic Equivalents, Creating Ties and Rests are covered in detail.

  • Flexi-Time 10:22


    Learn how to record MIDI in realtime. Preferences and the Flexi-time dialogue settings are covered, as well as Recording Set Up, Recording, Converting CC 64 (sustain pedal) to Pedal Lines, and using Renotate Performance to edit your notation. A look at Live Playback and editing velocities is also demonstrated.

  • Articulations & Dynamics 10:09

    Articulations & Dynamics

    This video covers Adding Articulations to Notes, Copying to other Staves and removing them. Then learn how Expression Text and Hairpins are entered, selected and copied across Multiple Staves. How to enter Slurs, flip them, and how Fermatas are added is shown as well.

Chapter 6 : Playback

  • The Transport 6:43

    The Transport

    The various elements of the transport window and the transport group are explained. Also important commands such as Play/Stop, Play From Selection, Replay, Move Playback Line to Selection, Scrub and Loop features.

  • The Mixer 7:59

    The Mixer

    Now the Layout, Signal Flow and Functions of the Mixer are explained. See how to Mix by Instruments, Groups and Virtual Instruments, as well as how to Instantiate Plug-Ins in the Effects and Master Channel Strip.

Chapter 7 : Percussion

  • Unpitched Percussion 8:27

    Unpitched Percussion

    Starting with Percussion Staves Preferences, this video demonstrates using a MIDI Keyboard to create a two voice Drum Part, including how to use Repeat Signs to flesh out the Drum Part performance. Next, creating a single line snare part is shown, as well as exploring the Edit Instruments Dialogue and using Note Heads to generate performance techniques.

Chapter 8 : Lead Sheet

  • Lead Sheet Pt. 1 6:48

    Lead Sheet Pt. 1

    This first video covers Set Up in Quick Start and Formatting a Page. Then see how Engraving Rules are used to Remove Staff Justification and Move the Bar Numbers. Alternate House Style looks, Repeats and Endings, Song Form Text, Rehearsal Marks, and Chord Symbols are also covered in detail.

  • Lead Sheet Pt. 2 8:25

    Lead Sheet Pt. 2

    In part 2, learn how to Enter and Edit Lyrics, realize Chord Symbols and get helpful Playback info, including a Lead Sheet lesson recap.

Chapter 9 : Printing

  • Print 6:56


    The print parameters are discussed in detail, including Page Size, Print Selection, Range, Settings, Duplexing and Creating PDF Files.

Product Overview

Doug Zangar delivers an in-depth series of Sibelius tutorials, for version 2019, applicable to all versions including First, Standard and Ultimate! Learn Sibelius 2019, Avid’s flagship notation and scoring software inside and out, as well as how create your first score and arrangement.

Doug welcomes you and sets the stage for what you'll learn throughout the video tutorials. He then starts at the beginning, showing you the important Sibelius basics needed to get up and running, and create your first Sibelius project.

Next, you'll explore all of Sibelius' preferences and how to set them correctly, and then all of the Ribbon Tabs, where you can control, view and customize your scores and arrangements. Note Input Methods are then revealed, and you'll see how to use both the keypad and mouse for note entry, as well as adjust pitches, record MIDI, and create articulations and dynamics.

Throughout the rest of this Sibelius tutorial video series, Doug shows you the finer points of using the Sibelius Transport controls, the Mixer section to fine tune the volume of your different instruments, writing for Percussion, making your Lead Sheet, printing it out for your musicians, and many more Sibelius tips and tricks.

For a full list of what each tutorial in this series teaches you and how it can help you learn Sibelius 2019, see the individual tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to Sibelius, or just want to get the most from it, this series of tutorial videos will help you understand how to use Sibelius and get the most from this extensive software tool… Learn powerful skills with “Sibelius 2019 Explained®” today!

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