Voice 1 accentuates the melody that's woven through the 8th-note pattern. I want the notes on the top staff the 'blend' together. I remember this being possible in older Sibelius versions, but I cannot seem to figure it out now. The only possible 'solution' so far is to manually change the X-coordinates of every note, which is way too tedious a process for the length of the piece. Any ideas how to do this?
This is reasonably easy to do, but does take a couple of stages. They are quick though, especially if using keyboard shortcuts.
Assuming you have used voices 1 and 2 in the top stave, follow the steps below.
- Select the passage you want to edit.
- Select all voice 2 notes (on Mac this is Shift-Opt-Cmd-2)
- Change these to voice 3 (on Mac this is Opt-3)
- Select all voice 1 notes (on Mac this is Shift-Opt-Cmd-1)
- Invert the stems so they point upwards (on Mac this is X)
This takes you from this...
...in just a few seconds!
To give a bit more info about why and how this works: with Sibelius voices 1 and 3 can share note-heads with different values, but they default to having stems pointing in the same direction. As your voice 1 notes are all above the middle of the stave, you can get these notes pointing up simply by pressing X and the will all flip.
It's also worth noting that Sibelius defaults to the correct notation by default, where dotted and non-dotted notes don't share a note-head. However, although this is correct in theory, it is often not done in practice (classical guitar music springs to mind).