Dorico’s Plans for Chord Symbols

By far the most important feature to the readers of this blog seems to be chord symbols, judging from the comments and email I get. (BTW, thank you to all of you who write in with kind words about the blog. Unfortunately this is a common spam technique when a URL is added, so if you do add a valid URL it may take me some time to get to it.)

I’ll admit that I am busy on a project that is beyond Dorico at this moment (odd as that seems) so I have to thank Philip Rothman for alerting me to Daniel Spreadbury’s comments in the Dorico forum. There is very good news and some bad news. Since I prefer it this way myself, I’ll give you the bad news first: guitar diagrams, it seems, are a long ways off for now.

OK, the good news is that chord symbols (i.e. chord names with optional bass notes added) should be ready for the next major update in June. As usual, the number of options for naming them will be staggering, and should fulfill the preferences of virtually any composer, arranger, or typesetter.

One thing to note is that the chord symbols will be attached to a system, which will make lead sheets simple, especially piano-vocal ones.

Chord symbols can be entered from a MIDI keyboard via Shift-Q, and you will be able to enter inversions and specify the root as well as entering polychords.

Rather than steal his well-deserved thunder, take a look at Philip’s web site and read what Daniel posted in the forum.

2 thoughts on “Dorico’s Plans for Chord Symbols

  1. meep376 April 29, 2017 / 2:15 PM

    hi please can you arrange the chords, so that if you copy the treble line from the piano /treble line and put it on the same document as a part for clarinet, that the guitar chords can be prevented from transposing too.

    ( I play Clarinet but sometimes I play Guitar or bass, so its very annoying the chords transposing as well as the transposing instrument when you copy.

    I used to do this in Sibelius and got very frustrated when the chords all transposed above my clarinet line.)


    • drdavewalkerblog April 30, 2017 / 1:57 PM

      I wish I could arrange to have Dorico do anything I like, but I’m merely a reviewer who writes about the program. I am not employed by or associated with Steinberg in any way other than my admiration for their products. Your best bet would be to post a request at the Dorico forum (click here to go to the Dorico forum).

      Having said that, I would be surprised if Dorico were not able to do exactly what you need done, as it is a common need for notation to recognize transposing instruments and treat them appropriately (after all, even guitar and bass are transposing instruments). Depending on the version of Sibelius you have, I would expect that it could do this as well. You might want to run your question by their tech support.


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