André van Haren - All About Music

Composer - Music Educator - Engraver,  Story and Movie Enthusiast

Sibelius 6 Video Quick Tips

Here is a collection of Sibelius 6 tips. Every video is between 5 and 15 minutes long and describes one single aspect of what you can do in Sibelius 6. The tutorials are not in the correct order as numbered, but it's easy to find them by browsing this page.


I hope these tips will help you with your work and If you find these tips helpful, if would be great if you could share them with other Sibelius users or on your facebook wall or Twitter account. 

Final editing Step 1 - importing the house style 

After having engraved a score, I follow a step by step outline to make the score publishing/printing ready. The 1st step is importing the publisher's house style. To see the blogpost that comes with this video, please visit: Final Editing Step 1.


Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 6 - Creating a Da Segno al Fine 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip, I show you how to Create a D.S. al Fine.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 5 - Creating a Da Capo al Fine 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip, I show you how to Create a D.C. al Fine.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 1: Creating a Comma 

In this Sibelius 6 quick tip, I show you how to create a Comma that will be plahyed back by Sibelius, create a short gap in the music.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 4: Creating Ornaments 

In this Sibelius 6 quick tip, I show you how to create and play back ornaments.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 2: Creating Trills 

In this video I will show you how to create a Trill in Sibelius 6.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 3: Playing back harmonics 

In this Sibelius quick tip I will show you how to create Harmonics.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 7 - Creating a Da Capo al Coda 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip, I show you how to Create a Da Capo al Coda.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 8 - Creating a Da Segno al Coda 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip, I show you how to Create a D.S. al Coda.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 10 - Splitting a score into movements 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip, I show you how to Split a score into Movements.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 11: Instrument Change & Create Instrument 

In this video I show you how to change a piano score into an organ score.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 9 - Creating a Da Segno and Da Capo 

In this video I show you how to create a Da Capo and a Da Segno repeat.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 12 - House style: Text design 

In this video I explain how to define text styles for a house style.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 13 - House style: Text positions 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to assign the position of text objects for your House Style.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 14. Transcribing music part one

In this video I show you how I transcribe a duo for violin and cello to a Duo for violin and viola. 

This is part 1 of this video, because I had to keep it around 15 minutes for Youtube.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 14 - Transcribing music  part two

n this video I show you how I transcribe a duo for violin and cello to a Duo for violin and viola. 

This is part 2 of this video, because I had to keep it around 15 minutes for Youtube.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 15 - Sibelius midi export & import in Logic 

In this video I show you how to export your score in Sibelius as midi and import it in back into Logic and, 

using Kirk Hunters Spotlight Strings, playing the file back.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 16 - Combining bars in a single multirest 

In this very short video I show you how to create a single multirest from a selection of bars.

Sibelius 6 Quick tip 17 - Staff Margins 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to adjust the staff margins, which is the distance between the page margin and the upper and lower staff. 

(btw, the background noise you hear is not because of bad recording quality, but are our 2 dogs playing and running. Anyone has a dog filter for me?


Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 18 - Instrument name & Gap before bar

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I show you how to set the Instrument name that is displayed before the staff at the beginning of the piece and how you can change it or even remove it completely. After that I show you how to set the distance between this instrument name and the left page margin, called a Gap.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 19 - Page Numbers 

In this video about Page Numbers, I talk about the traditional way page numbers are being used in printed scores 

and how you can change these defaults to your own liking.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 20 - Headers & Footers 

In this tip I show you the different kind of headers and footers and how to create them.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 21 - Erase Background 

In this Sibelius 6 Quick Tip I will show you how to create a little white space around the dynamic text and fingerings. 

In Sibelius this is called Erase Background.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 22 - The First Page part 1 

In this first part of this video subject, I show you how to set up the first page that includes the Title, Composer etc. 

In the second part I show how to change the default settings of the created text.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 22 - The First Page part 2 

In this second part I show you how to change the default text settings to your own liking. 

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 23 - Fingering

In this tip I show you how to create fingering and the possibilities Sibelius has to reposition text and create fingering for brass and string instruments.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 24. Lyrics part 2: Notating melismas 

In this 2nd part of notating lyrics in Sibelius 6, I explain how to create a melismatic notation in which a single syllable is being sung under two or more notes.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 24. Lyrics part 3: dynamics 

This is the 3rd part of the Sibelius 6 Quick Tip about lyrics, in which I show how to enter dynamics (expression text style) and how to adjust the settings in the Instrument and Default Position.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 24. Lyrics part 4: editing lyrics 

Sibelius Quick Tip no. 24: Lyrics - part four: Editing lyrics. In part 4 of using Lyrics in Sibelius 6, I explain how to edit them and align the lyrics horizontally and vertically and have a look at the engraving rules.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 24. Lyrics part 5: three ways to enter lyrics

Sibelius Quick Tip no. 24: Lyrics - part five: The 3 ways to enter lyrics.

In this part I explain the 3 different ways to enter lyrics in Sibelius 6:

1. Typing them one syllable/word at the time,

2. Copy and past them from a text document or from within Sibelius,

3. Importing a text file that contains the lyrics after which Sibelius will break the words automatically with hyphens and create the extender lines for the melismas.

Sibelius 6 Quick Tip 24. Lyrics part 6: verses & chorus 

Sibelius Quick Tip no. 24: Lyrics - part six: Verses & Chorus. In part 6 of using Lyrics in Sibelius 6, I explain how to insert more than one verse and a chorus. I also explain how to create more verses and chorus if you would need them for your score and how to create the versus numbering. 

Sibelius Quick Tip 24. Lyrics - part 7: Blocks, recitativo, elision 

Sibelius Quick Tip 24: Lyrics - part 7.

In this last part of working with lyrics in Sibelius 6, I talk about creating lyric blocks, using more voices on a single staff, how to notate a recitativo and how to create an elision.

Object Check part one: dynamics 

In this 1st part of a series titled "Object Check", I give tips on how to work with dynamics in Sibelius 6.

Object Check part two: slurs

In this 2nd part of the series titled "Object Check", I give tips on how to work with slurs in Sibelius 6.

Object Check part three: note spacing

In this 3rd part of the series titled "Object Check", I give tips on how to check the note spacing in Sibelius 6.

Object Check part four: fingerings in keyboard music

In this 4th part of the series titled "Object Check", I give tips on how to work with fingerings in Sibelius 6. To see the full blog about this subject, please visit http://wp.me/p4wz8y-4u

Object Check part five: tuplets

In this 5th part of the series titled "Object Check", I give tips on how to work with tuplets in Sibelius 6.

And of course feedback about these tutorials are always welcome! Also, let me know if you would like to see a video tip about something you could not find here and I will dive into it immediately.