How to Work with Chords in Dorico | Write Mode

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “How to Work with Chords in Dorico”…


Hi, I’m Anthony Hughes. I’m going to show you how to enter chords using Steinberg’s new music notation software, Dorico.

Now, usually in Note Input the caret advances as soon as you have entered a note.

In Dorico, switching on the Chords button here in the toolbox, or pressing the key command Q, prevents the caret from auto-advancing,

and so as you add more notes, they effectively stack up on top of each other to make a chord.

By default notes are always added above existing notes in the chord; however you can specify a note in a lower octave by holding down Ctrl and Alt on Windows while you type the note name (that’s just Ctrl on Mac).

You can also use a MIDI keyboard to enter your notes and specify the intended octave directly.

Space always advances the caret by the selected note duration in the Notes panel, so this works as a way to move on and create another chord.

When you have no further chords to input, simply click the Chords button again, or press Q,

and the caret will immediately begin to auto-advance again.

A further little trick with this is that you can change the note duration while chord mode is on as a way to input some more complicated notations.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Please subscribe to the Dorico Youtube channel to see more videos like this. I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.


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