If you are copying a transposing instrument part from a printed score or part into a Sibelius score, you may have to make some adjustments so what you play is properly notated.

For example, if you are copying from a printed Bb trumpet part and you want the written pitch on the part to be inputted into Sibelius, you have two options:

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  1. If you use alphabetic entry using the computer keyboard, input will work in either transposed or concert pitch view (concert pitch is invoked when the transposing score option is unchecked). In transposed view, if you type a C, the pitch C will display on the trumpet part.
    • Choose Home > Instruments, and be sure the Transposing Score option is checked. Then, type in the notes as they appear on the transposed part.Transposing score.png
  2. However, if you are using a MIDI keyboard and want to enter the written pitch from a transposed score, you have to make the following adjustments.
  • Choose Preferences > Step-Time and Flexi-time
  • Under “Transposing Staves”  check “Input Written Pitches.”

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To begin entering the transposed part from the printed part, be sure the Sibelius score is in Transposing view.

  • Choose Home > Instruments > Transposing Score. When Transposing score is unchecked, the transposing instruments appear in concert pitch.**

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When you view the score in transposed view, you can enter notes on the MIDI keyboard in the written pitch. In other words, just play in the pitches you see on the transposed part, and what you see on the part will appear in the score.

** Keep in mind, that instruments that are octave-displaced, which includes bass and guitar, are not changed when you choose transposed or concert pitch view. This can be changed by editing the instrument, however, the standard practice in both transposed and concert pitch scores is to leave the bass and guitar unchanged.