In my last post I discussed how to swing the eighth notes in Finale and Sibelius. Let’s take it one step more: how to change the feel in a piece. For example, let’s say you want to start with a Bossa-Nova style and then change to Swing later in the tune. For example, this medley starts in a Bossa-Nova Style and then at approximately 1:00 minute the arrangement changes to swing.
TO SET AND CHANGE THE FEEL IN SIBELIUS:
The steps to change the feel in Sibelius is to select a Tempo indication and place it over the bar where you want the change to take place.
- Select the bar
- Choose Text > Common > Tempo
- You have two choices: Right-click the mouse and choose the style or type it in yourself.
To change the feel later in the piece:
- Select the tempo mark you entered.
- Copy and paste it to the new location.
- Double-click on the text and change it to the new feel.
You can check out the preset musical styles in Sibelius and edit and add your own from the Dictionary.
- Choose Play > Interpretation > Dictionary
- Click on System Text.
- Scroll down and select a text item. You can then see what playback style is associated with this text. You can add additional items if you prefer.
TO SET AND CHANGE THE FEEL IN FINALE:
The Finale Human Playback was mentioned in my last post. When you plan to change the feel in Finale, you use a plugin.
- Turn off Human Playback via MIDI/Audio > Human Playback. Be sure it is set to None.
- Choose the Selection Tool.
- Select the first bar of the piece up to the last bar with the initial feel. Use click and shift click to select the bars.
- Choose Plug-ins > Playback > Human Playback and choose the desired feel.
Repeat the above steps to change the feel later in the piece.
It is a good idea to use Expression Text to include the feel change so the players have a written indication for printout.