Changes to fermatas on single staff

How can I notate a pause with fermata for all instruments except the one that is playing a cadenza?

I first tried to make the fermata on that one staff invisible, but the alpha channel settings seem to apply to all fermatas at once, and I couldn’t find a way to select a single one.

I then converted the fermata to a breath mark and was able to hide that, but that only appears to be possible on the first staff.

On https://steinberg.help/dorico/v1/en/dorico/topics/notation_reference/notation_reference_holds_pauses_overriding_fermata_on_single_staff_c.html it shows a score where the fermata on the bottom staff has been overridden to a breath mark, but I can’t figure out how to do it…

Can you help?

You can do the usual “nasty trick” of dragging the fermata off the page in Engrave mode.

Ahahahahh, that worked :slight_smile:

But seriously, what is the help file referring to, then?

I also ran into this issue of giving the band a fermata while the soloist cadenzas…surely this is a common enough occurrence that it’ll be addressed in an update.

The usual workarounds are either take the unwanted fermata out of the page in Engrave mode, or use Playing technique fermatas (that you create), so that you choose where you put them. Hope this helps

Caveat: those do not like to be attached to bar rests. In other words: their placement needs to be the very last thing you do before sending to print.

It there a way to delete a fermata completely or set single ones?

Yes: create a playing technique that is a fermata glyph.

That has worked! Thanks Marc

You’re welcome Frank! You might want to save your new fermata playing technique as default, so that you can use it in any new project without having to recreate it!

Yes, thanks again Marc! Took me a bit to figure out it was the star.

I am liking this playing technique editor, Added some needed dim. and half dim. symbols from Opus Roman Chords* for functional analysis. (If a fully loaded Roman numeral system was added as a popover/notation toolbox… I’d be set.)

Getting more and more comfortable with Dorico.

Very late reply to this so it might not be helpful, but in the context of that bit of documentation - you can override a fermata with a breath mark on any staff, but you don’t select the fermata: select anything on the staff where you want a breath mark instead, or activate the caret and move it to that staff, then input a breath mark.

Thanks Lillie, much appreciated. I did get this to work with single-staff instruments. I wasn’t able to do this with a piano, but that’s not a big problem :slight_smile: