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.

Tip: Show player names instead of instrument names


  1. Sometimes you may need to use different staff labels in your score than the default instrument names. For example, you may wish to label a multi-instrument percussion staff simply as ‘Percussion’. Or, in dramatical pieces, you may wish to identify character parts rather than using Soprano, Mezzo-soprano and so on.
  2. In Setup mode, give your players the names you wish to identify them with in the music.
  3. In Layout Options, choose Staves and Systems and check the relevant players to show their player names instead of instrument names.

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