I know that if you want to make a SIMILE part, you can put as my picture, quarter notes then convert in Sibelius to SLASH NOTATION and enter the text that says SIMILE. Here is the photo:


The point is that the picture above is when you have 4 quarter notes in the previous bar and you convert to slash simply like that, but what’s happen if in the previous bar you have eighth or sixteenth notes? How do you interpret in slashes for a SIMILE the eighth or sixteenth notes? For example, if 4 slashes represent 4 quarter notes, the for 8 eighth notes should be 8 slashes and for 16 sixteenth notes 16 slashes.

Thank you

  • Why are there dots on top of the slashes in your picture? – Dekkadeci Jun 24 '19 at 7:03
  • It was just a test and the dot is staccato. I just copied the notes on another voice, then make the quarter notes and then hide voice 1 and leave the slashes on. But I wanted to be sure if the 4 slashes are good to represent eighth notes SIMILE also. – coerrace Jun 24 '19 at 13:17
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    if you want to indicate a certain rhythm I would think about switching to slash notation with stems to give a clue to the rhythm you want the player to perform. If it´s only about making clear that there will be another bar counting four beats, the four slash notation is pretty okay. – HiDuEi Jun 24 '19 at 19:31
  • Ok perfect then photo is ok because is just to repeat. In case of other case use stop time or rhythmic notation. Thank you – coerrace Jun 24 '19 at 20:25

There is usually no need for slashed eighth (or sixteenth notes), quarter note note slashes work just as well and make the page less cluttered. For example: enter image description here
For specific rhythmic figures you can use slashed eights/sixteenths.

If you need a figure repeated exactly, then you should use one bar repeat signs instead of slashes.

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