🎬 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 Make Edits to Music Items in Dorico”…
I’m in Engrave mode
which I can always get to easily by pressing key command Ctrl+3 on Windows, or Cmd+3 on Mac.
You’ll notice that because Engrave mode is all about ﬁne-tuning the graphical appearance of your layouts, Galley View is not available and you always view your music in Page view.
Now, I can simply click on an item and drag it to a new position.
Note that this only affects the graphical appearance of the object and does not have any effect on playback or the underlying musical rhythmic position of the object. If an object is made up of more than one part, you can select each fragment individually to edit it. Some items such as slurs and ties have multiple control points—or handles—that give you complete control over their shaping and positioning.
For even more ﬁne-grain control, hold down Alt and use the arrow keys to move the selected control points. Add Ctrl on Windows (that’s Command on Mac) to move in larger amounts.
Being able to select individual fragments of music items has other uses too. For example, in Write mode, when you click any tied note, the entire tie chain is selected. When working in Write mode this is useful, because musically it is just one note of a speciﬁed duration that might just happen to fall over a barline or beat group division meaning it has to be represented as a tie, and if you move or edit it then you want it to react as a single note would. In Engrave mode however, being able to access the individual noteheads give you the ﬂexibility to set the graphical appearance as you need it; such as forcing the stem direction.
When you navigate through your music using the arrow keys in Engrave mode, you can move in any direction from fragment to fragment across items and staves.
[In the video example, I’m starting with this stem selected and I can press the down arrow, ﬁrst to move to each notehead in the chord, and then to the second voice notehead and stem, and from there I can continue down to the high C on the next system.]
I can continue to move through the items in the score and at *this* point I can press the up arrow key to navigate to the slur.
From here I can hold down Alt and use the up/down arrows to move the entire slur,
or I can press the Tab key to cycle through the individual handles and then make more adjustments.
As you manually adjust the position of objects in the music, Dorico is setting properties with the exact dx and dy coordinates of each control point or handle. This means you can easily set precise values directly in the properties panel, or remove the overrides by simply switching the property off.
There are also useful menu items for resetting the appearance and position of various items.
Finally, you set the position of music items in Engrave mode safe in the knowledge that the changes only affect the layout you are working on. After all, if you are wishing to change the default positioning of items across all layouts you would use the Engraving Options.
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.