Tip: Switch between slashed and unlashed grace notes


  1. Start note input, then click the Grace Notes button in the Notes toolbar at the left of the window.
  2. The caret becomes less tall, indicating you are now inputting grace notes.
  3. You can also use the key command /.
  4. By default, grace notes will be slashed.
  5. Press Alt+/ to toggle between slashed and unslashed grace notes.
  6. You can always toggle existing grace notes from slashed to unslashed (or vice versa) using the Grace note type properties in the Grace Note section of the Properties panel.

Tip: Build chords using the intervals popover


  1. Select the note or notes you would like to build chords on.
  2. Type Shift+I to open the intervals popover.
  3. Enter a number to add notes above the selected notes.
  4. For example, type 3 and press Enter to add notes a third above the selected notes. Type -3 to add the notes a third below.
  5. Separate numbers with commas to add multiple notes, for example type 3,6 to add notes a third and a sixth about the select notes.
  6. You can also specify the quality of the interval, for example typing dim5 adds a diminished fifth above the selected notes.
  7. If you type a t before the number it will transpose the existing selection rather than add new notes.
  8. For example, typing t4 transposes the selected notes by a fourth.

Tip: Save your favourite options to be the default for new project


  1. Get your projects looking just how you like them, using Layout Options, Engraving Options, Notation Options and so on.
  2. Save the settings so you can use them again by clicking Save as Default.
  3. You can save a set of default settings for each options dialog separately.
  4. Other dialogs such as the Notehead Sets Editor and Paragraph Styles etc. also allow you to set the current settings as the default for new projects.
  5. You can always get back to the options that ship with Dorico by pressing Reset to Factory.
Tutorial: Typesetting choral Preces and Responses in Dorico

Tutorial: Typesetting choral Preces and Responses in Dorico

In this post I’m going to share the procedure to put together a performing edition of a set of Preces and Responses, based on the text of the Book of Common Prayer. The Preces and Responses are part of the choral evensong service in the Church of England and in Episcopal and Anglican churches around the world. They make an interesting case study for Dorico because they consist of a series of short versicles sung by a cantor, each one followed by a response sung by the choir, and this is an ideal fit both for Dorico’s multi-flow and page layout features.

The particular set of Responses I am going to produce is by William Smith, an English composer from the first half of the 17th century. The Smith Responses are often sung with a setting of the Lord’s Prayer written by Robert Stone, since Smith’s setting includes only a simple chanted version. I will be including Stone’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer in my performing edition. If you want to follow along exactly, you could use Sjouke Bruining’s edition on CPDL as a source: this edition uses the original note values, but I am going to halve the note values in my performing edition, as this reflects modern practice more closely.

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