SibeliusJazz Rhythm SectionNotationIAJE Conference, 2007This handout is available [email protected] [email protected] by Hal Leonard and SibeliusThe following examples are excerpts from the bookSibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Softwareby Tom Rudolph and Vince LeonardAvailable February 13, 2007 www.halleonard.com1

A. Adding Chord slashes to a part and converting entered notes into slashes.Entering chord symbols to include altered bass examples.Open: Folder: RhythmSection File#1JoshuaGuitar.sibCreating Beat Slashes1. Activate the Properties window (Window Properties).2. Select bars 1 and 2 of the Guitar staff.3. Click the Notes tab of the Properties window.4. From the pop-up list at the top of the Notes pane, select item 4, rhythmic slashesor use the shortcut: Shift-Option-4 (Mac); Shift-Alt-4 (Win).Creating Beat without stem Slashes5. Select bar 3 of the Guitar staff.6. With the Notes pane of the Properties window still open, select item 3, beatslashes, from the pop-up list or use the shortcut: Shift-Option-3 (Mac); Shift-Alt-3(Win).Combining Both Slash Types in a Bar7. Select beats 1 and 2 of the Guitar staff in bar 4.8. From the Notes pane of the Properties window, select item 4, rhythmic slashes,from the pop-up list or use the shortcut: Shift-Option-4 (Mac); Shift-Alt-4 (Win).9. Select beats 4 and 5 of the Guitar staff in bar 4.10. From the pop-up list or use the shortcut: Shift-Option-3 (Mac); Shift-Alt-3 (Win).Entering A Chord Symbol11. Click on the first slash note in bar 1 of the Guitar staff. It will highlight.12. Use the shortcut: -K (Mac); CTRL-K (Win) to enter chords. A blinking cursorwill appear over the selected note.13. Type an uppercase G for the chord letter, or select G from the pop-up list byright-clicking on the blinking cursor. Always use uppercase letters in chordsymbols.14. Use the shortcut: -O (Mac); CTRL-O (Win) to enter the circle suffix to indicatea diminished chord, or select the circle symbol from the pop-up list.15. Type 7 to complete the first chord symbol (Go7).16. Press the space bar twice to advance the cursor to the slash on beat 3 of bar 1.Entering a Chord Symbol with an Altered Bass Note17. Enter the basic chord symbol “F#º7” then type, or select, the / and enter the G. Ifyou are typing, Shift-# will be converted to an Inkpen sharp character. Enter therest of the chords in the example above.2

TIP: Altered bass chords are different from polychords, where the symbols are alignedvertically, with a horizontal line between them. To create polychord symbols, use theChord Symbols as Fractions plug-in found in Plug-ins Text.To Create More Room for Chord Symbols18. Select the note to the right of the chord symbol. Hold down the Shift-Option keys(Mac) or the Shift-Alt keys (Win) at the same time and press the Right Arrow keyrepeatedly until there is sufficient room between the two chord symbols.Chords for Transposing Instruments19. Click the Transpose button in the toolbar or use the shortcut: Shift- -T (Mac);Shift-CTRL-T (Win) to change the score display to concert pitch.20. Copy the Guitar part to the Alto Sax staff.21. Click the Transpose button to return to transposed view (the chords transpose).22. Use the Re-input Pitch feature to enter Bs to correct the position of the slashes.23. Click the Transpose button in the toolbar or use the shortcut: Shift- -T (Mac);Shift-CTRL-T (Win) to change the score display to transposed.B. Guitar notation: adding guitar tab staves to an existing score and convertingstandard notation into guitar tab.Open folder: RhythmSection File#2PopQuizTAB.sibAdding a TAB Staff to the Score1. Use the shortcut I to access the Instruments and Staves dialog box.2. In the “Choose from” list, select “Rock and Pop Instruments.”3. In the “Family” list, select “Electric Guitar.”4. In the “Instrument” list, select “Standard tuning [tab].”5. Click the “Add to Score” button to add a tab staff to the score.6. Select the tab staff in the “Staves in score” list.7. Click the “Down” button so the selected tab staff is positioned under the RhythmGuitar in the “Staves in score” list.8. Click OK.9. Copy the music from the standard notation staff to the tab staff.C. Drum Maps Revealed. How to set-up and enter and modify a drum map.Sibelius uses “percussion maps” that assign sounds and percussion notation to specificlines and spaces. A percussion map also assigns playback information.The easiest way to enter percussion notation is to use the Score Set-up and choose apercussion staff that most closely fits your needs. For example, drum kit and tambourine.3

Open the file: File#3drumkit and tamb.sibDrum Map Note Entry:1. Mac: Select Sibelius 4 Preferences Note InputWin: Select File Preferences Note Input2. Under the Percussion Staves, select The MIDI Device’s Drum Map.3. Select bar 1 in the Tambourine part.4. Press the letter N.5. Select the quarter note value on the Keypad.6. Play the note F#3 on the MIDI keyboard.7. Press the letter R (for repeat) on the keyboard.8. Select a bar in the Tambourine part.9. To view the tambourine map: House Style Edit Staff Types. Percussion; 1 line(Tambourine) is selected. Click Edit.10. To view the Drum Set map. House Style Edit Staff Types. Then selectPercussion; 5 lines (drum set) and click Edit.Entering Drum parts: (stems up voice 1; stems down voice 2)11. Click the first bar.12. Press the letter N for notation.13. Select duration. Be sure Voice 1 is selected (blue).14. Enter the snare and cymbal parts at the same time (see MIDI map).15. Press Esc.16. Click the first bar17. Press the letter N for notation.18. Select Voice 219. Enter the bass drum part (stems down).Using the Add Drum Pattern Plug-InOpen the file: File#4PopQuizDrums.sib1. Select bars 1 through 8 in the Drum Set staff.2. Select Plug-ins Composing Tools Add Drum Pattern.3. Click YES in the warning dialog box.4. Under Style, select “R&B: Motown double-time (100-120 bpm).”5. Under “Options,” uncheck “Start with intro bar (1 bar).”6. Set the “Fillbreak bar count” to 8. This will place a fill in the pattern every eightbars. Since the section is only eight bars long, there will be only one fill bar.7. Uncheck “End with outro bar” and click OK.To find out more:1. Review the Sibelius 4 Reference – Chords, Tab, Drum Maps.2. Complete Chapters 8, 10 and 11 in the book: Sibelius, A Comprehensive GuideTo Sibelius Music Notation Software. The book will be in available February 15,2007. www.halleaonard.com4

Sibelius Percussion Sound/Notehead Assignments (from Sib. Manual)5