Tip: Change a single player to a section player to allow divisi passages


  1. Single players can hold multiple instruments.
  2. Section players can divide.
  3. Single players cannot divide.
  4. Create a new section player, and drag the instrument from the single player onto it. Its music moves with it. The single player—which is now empty-handed—can be deleted.
  5. Now you can create a divisi staff for the section player.

Tip: Create your own playing techniques


  1. Use the Playing Techniques panel to open the editor and create your own playing technique.
  2. Playing techniques can be either symbols or text. Use any Paragraph Style to set the format of text.
  3. Set a continuation line, using a Dorico default or a line you have created yourself.
  4. Choose a shorthand to use in the popover.
  5. In the editor, Save as Default to save the playing technique to your User Library, and use it again in future projects.

Tip: Add multiple instruments with the ensemble builder


  1. Press the Add Ensemble button, or type Shift+E. Type the instruments you wish to create, typing a comma after each one, and press Add.
  2. Dorico recognises orchestral shorthand to identify instruments, and you can specify how many of each instrument to add.
  3. Press Tab to ‘bank’ the current instruments and clear search field, then continue adding more.
  4. You can add entire orchestral sections at once, and even use numeric shorthand (e.g. 2222 for double woodwind).
  5. Double-click instruments in the list to switch between creating them as single or section players.
  6. Save your custom ensemble, giving it a name and category. It will now be searchable in the Build tab, and available in the Choose tab.

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