Sibelius 7 Tips

I use Sibelius 7, a music scoring program, heavily and have had to try to do many things. I sometimes forget how to do it after a while and have to look in my notes for how I did it last time. This list of answers is largely for my own reference and all of these are things I had to try to remember in Sibelius 7. I just thought there might be other people as puzzled as I am at times.

How do I change the note joins? As in, the bars joining eighth/sixteenth/etc. notes.

Sometimes, if it is an eighth note, eighth rest, and then eighth note, I must select the eighth rest and change its join to connect the two eighth notes on either side.

How do I flip a note’s stem direction?

To flip the stem of a note, select the note and hit ‘x’.


Hit Ctrl+Shift+M.

How do I make chords become grace notes?

To get chorded grace notes, make the chord normally, select it, and then hit ‘;’.

My dynamics / tempo are not playing back right.

As far as I can tell, because of what I hear in the playback, Sibelius forgets what A tempo was and cannot remember how to make crescendos followed by diminuendos well. For the A tempo, I can fix that by putting in an actual tempo marking, as in quarter note = XX. The dynamics may require literally adding the desired ff or p at the immediate end of the crescendo or decrescendo.

Why does my playback sound so bad?

Maybe you are not using the right soundpack. Make sure that your Play—> Configuration is set to the right pack. I usually use “Sibelius 7 Sounds” as a default. Alternatively, you are composing with one of the instruments that does not sound quite right in general in the sound packs…

In Sibelius 7, I know that we get to the headers from here.

How do I add small headers to every page?

I actually have trouble getting it to work for every page. It tends to only appear on every other page. It has to do with Text—> Edit Text Styles. ANSWER WILL BE LISTED ONCE IT WORKS.

How do I make a double bar on a page and begin a new staff?

I… will edit after I check in Sibelius. Off the top of my head, I cannot remember. But I have done it before.

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