My instrument (strings) has one staff, I'd like it to be a grand staff, and later three staves. How do I do this please?

In Musescore it's just Instruments - Add staff, but I can't see anything similar in Sibelius.

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Is it what you want? enter image description here

Adding Extra staves to an instrument

First of all, you need to make sure you have 3 instruments. If you missed this step when creating the score, then you just need to press "I" on the keyboard to add extra staves to the instrument. Click the insturment you want to add staves, then click the "Below" button under the "Extra Staff" section add instruments

Hiding empty staves

Assume your music starts with one staff, and then notes appear on the second staff, and finally the third staff. Then you can acheive the above result by doing: Layout --> Hide Empty Staves enter image description here

Dynamics for all staves

I am not awaer of any way to check the dynamcis for all staves. Even if it is one single instrument with multiple staves, the dynamics changes still apply to one single staff at a time.

  • Thanks. I don't want multiple instruments, just one instrument with multiple staves. Otherwise for instance if I add mf to one staff it won't affect the others.
    – Richard
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 17:42
  • Is there a way to make dynamics affect the entire system (all parts) a la Musescore?
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 1:19
  • @Richard I have updated the ansewer. But even you have a single instrument, you still need to add dynamcis to each of the staff. They are still independent to each other. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 3:40
  • Alright thanks if this is the only way I'll mark it as answer, but it seems like a hack. For instance in a normal grand piano staff I definitely don't have to add dynamics twice. I don't see why I should have to if I add a third staff. Gah, I wish Musescore had better playback, or Dorico was more complete. They all have horrible flaws :(
    – Richard
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 7:37
  • @Richard For the case of grand piano staff, the dynamics applies to both staves only if you put it in between the two staves. If you put the dynamics below the bass clef, it applies to only left hand; if you put the dynamics above the treble clef, it applies to only right hand. And you are right, no single software is perfect, it is a sad truth. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 8:11

'Add stave below' (in the Add Instruments page) plus 'Hide empty staves' will create the staves you asked for.

But it won't get you out of adding dynamics for each stave. The two systems in my screenshot will sound very different.

Note, however, that all three instances of 'ff' can be entered at once, by selecting all three staves before pressing ctrl-E then ctrl-fff. Sibelius is even clever enough to enter it where an instrument next has a note, not on a rest.

And, of course, when live players get to use the parts, they'll need to see dynamics for each stave.

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