Thanks Daniel…the way I often prefer working is, while knowing the rhythm of the lyric line, in the same sense that scansion renders a line of say, Shakespeare. So I often (though not always) write out a line with pencil on staff paper, then sit at the piano working out chord changes and melodic line. I was hoping to dispense with the paper/pencil and be able to work directly in Dorico.
You’re right…I got your intent…as you wrote, “…makes sense to me because it’s obvious where the lyrics should go relative to the music, but how would the lyrics be displayed in the music if there were no notes to go with them to begin with?”
Ah…here is where I am hopful there is a way in Dorico to set the lyric across empty bars, then work out chords, then melodic line. Derrek’s opening remark is on it.
For example if the lyric were, say… “To see the blue of sky in sea” across two empty bars in a basic rhythm of 4/4 quarter notes, then when I later enter the pitches, Dorico would (could?) line up the pitches with the lyrics. Might there come to be a Dorico menu item: “Enter lyrics in empty bars”?
Dorico might have the menu item spoof the computer screen by having the software enter “invisible” quarter notes to accommodate lines of lyric. Not perfect, but possible?
Or I will have to stay with paper/pencil. Someone told me there are notation programs that will enter invisible notes for the lyric first user. Dunno