Tip: Retain existing music behind slash regions


  1. When you create a slash region in Dorico, any existing music currently on the staves will be preserved.
  2. To create a slash region, make a selection then open the Notations panel in Write mode, choose the Repeats panels and expand the Rhythm Slashes section. Click the Create Slash Region button.
  3. You can drag the handles for the slash region in Write mode to change the start and end positions of the region. Doing this when you have existing music under the slash region will reveal the music.
  4. Music beneath the slash region will continue to play back. This is very useful when creating a score that includes a solo section, that will be improvised during performance, because you can include music that will be indicative of what might be played in a live context.
  5. You can still see the music beneath slash regions in Play mode, and all editing functions still apply to the music.

Tip: Justify music so that it always fills the entire page


  1. Sometimes you may find some pages of your music are not being vertically justified to fill the entire page. The reason for this will be due to a Layout Option, that controls when to justify the music across the height of a music frame. Dorico looks at the amount of music in each frame to see what percentage is filled. It then compares that to a threshold set in Layout Options, and if the filled area is greater than the threshold, Dorico spreads the staves across the whole frame. It is important to have this setting, otherwise you could find that solo instrumental music with two systems would position one stave at the top of the page and the other at the bottom of the page.
  2. Have a look at the pages in your layout that are not justified, and estimate how full these pages are.
  3. Open Layout Options, by selecting the relevant layout in Setup mode and clicking the Layout Options button in the action bar at the bottom of the Layouts panel. You can also use the key command Ctrl (Cmd on Mac)+Shift+L from anywhere in the program.
  4. Select the Vertical Spacing page from the side bar on the left, and navigate to the Vertical Justification options.
  5. The default threshold is set to 60%, meaning that only when the music frame is at least 60% full will Dorico justify the staves and systems across the height of the frame.
  6. Reduce this number to a value appropriate to the estimate you made in Step 2 and press Apply and Close.
  7. Because this is a Layout Option, you can set this threshold independently for each layout if required.

Tip: Choose how exported graphics files are named


  1. In Print mode choose to export to Graphics.
  2. You can set the Destination folder to the directory you would like to save the files to.
  3. Click the Filename Options… button to to open the Export Filenames dialog.
  4. Click on the ingredients to build up a filename.
  5. Dorico will add a separator between each ingredient automatically. You can set what this separator should be.
  6. Even add you own text to the recipe.
  7. The recipe will be used for every layout in the project. If you would like, you can click the Copy to All button to copy the recipe to the other file types.
  8. Press OK to apply the changes and close the dialog.
  9. You can print/export all layouts at once simply by making a multiple selection in the Layouts panel on the left side of the window.

Tip: How to get great results with MIDI recording


  1. First, set your default quantization settings in Preferences, under the Play category.
  2. Choose a quantization unit that matches the duration of the shortest notes you are intending to record. If you will be playing a passage with several tuplets then switch on Detect tuplets, otherwise leave that option unchecked.
  3. Try using Fill gaps which can return better results when using a natural playing style, as Dorico will fill in the gaps sometimes left between notes.
  4. If there are portions of the recording that would benefit from different quantization options, simply select those notes and choose Edit > Requantize and choose the relevant settings.
  5. You can apply Requantize at any time, as many times as you need.

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