Part of Sibelius’s appeal is how intuitive it is to use. Within a few moments of launching Sibelius for the first time, a new user can start creating music.
Another appealing thing is that there are often many ways to accomplish the same task. Sometimes, though, we tend to stick with how we first learned to do something, even if there is a more efficient method.
Take note entry, for example. In one of my training sessions, I was surprised to learn that a participant had entered an entire orchestral score by using the mouse, and that learning about step-time note entry was revelatory for her.
In that spirit, Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music has created “The Quick Guide to Sibelius Note Entry” and has generously made it available for free download from her site. She clearly explains the different note entry options available in Sibelius, and also includes a helpful video tutorial with details about using Flexi-time.
Katie promises two more free Sibelius guides coming later this month, so be on the lookout for what will surely be useful information.