Cautionary text - remove mute

Hi there, is there an automatic way to get Dorico to insert ‘remove mute’ text when the ‘senza sord’ text is created? I’m currently doing this manually, but I have a lot of changes, and I’m worried I’ll miss some.

Thanks for any advice


Not really at the moment. Unless of course you abuse the Instrument Change functionality by having a separate “con sord.” instrument, which probably creates more problems than it solves, and doesn’t work with section players anyway.

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You want to show both “remove mute” and “senza sord.” at the point where the mute is removed? You could do this using a glyph-based playing technique that contains both instructions laid out together.

No, sorry if I wasn’t clear. I want to tell the player to remove the mute x measures before their ‘senza sord.’ instruction happens. It’s for when deps come in and are often sight-reading, it just helps them avoid a bit of squeaky bum…

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At least in jazz, this is pretty standard. I just do it with text and Playing Techniques. Either of the mute instruction methods below could be very commonly found.

Yeah, also common in pit bands as well. I was wondering whether it were possible to do it automagically?

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This could be a great feature with all mute changes! Add the mute, and Dorico could add the “to” indication at the first available rest like with instrument changes.

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Given how automatic Dorico is generally, I was surprised this wasn’t already baked-in tbh.
Daniel? Any chance this could be put on THE LIST?

Thanks so much

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Thanks, I understand the requirement now. It’s definitely something we can think about for the future. Does this apply to any other kinds of playing technique changes in addition to mutes?


Along similar lines… Now that playing techniques can be applied to selections it’s all too easy to select a passage, invoke pizz and then forget to mark arco at the next entry. As in…


Obviously it applies to all mute changes not just Open, so Harmon going to Straight, Straight going to Pixie with Plunger, etc.

If time allows, I’ll use a “to arco” or “to pizz.” in a Bass part, as they often have to draw the bow from, or return the bow to the quiver, so the technique change takes a bit longer than with other string instruments. Jazz Bass players almost all use a 2-finger pizz. technique, so it is pretty rare to see one holding a bow while playing pizz. unless it’s just for a few notes.


Glad this will be helpful to others, and thanks so much Daniel!

In string parts, you’ll occasionally see mettere sord. / via sord., Dämpfer nehmen / Dämpfer ab, or the upright & inverted M-like pictogram, used in the same way. In my experience though, players prefer to pencil the changes in themselves. Also, Open means something else entirely for strings.


Very true!

In the hope that this thread gets re-awakened, cautionary text is a Dorico wish list item for me as well.

The option to indicate con sord., via sord, senza sord. as a 3 element chain rather than entering them manually and, equivalents for brass mutes would be both reassuring so that none get missed, as well as a time saver.