Create chord notes, slash region source

For a fretted instrument, I want to generate chord notes from chord symbols. The source instrument I want to use for the strum rhythms has slash regions with chord symbols; but the source instrument does not appear in the list of “Source instruments for rhythm” in the Generate Notes From Chord Symbols because that part has no regular notes.
The parts with regular notes have different rhythms. Do I have to choose one of those, like the melody line, create the chord notes from chord symbols I’ll have to add to that part, and then adjust the rhythm for the new chords? Cumbersome. I’m using Dorico 5.+

Why does Dorico care what sorts of notes are on the source stave if the chord symbols are the key to creating the chord notes?

If you’re using slash voices rather than slash regions, you can temporarily change the slash voice to a regular voice via the right-click menu (Voice > Change Voice), use the Generate Notes from Chord Symbols feature, then change the voice back into a slash voice.

I’m using both slash regions, where I want plain strumming, and slash voices, where the rhythm is more varied. Can I change those slash regions into slash voices, and then change all to a regular voice, as you suggest?

Ideally, I’d like to copy and paste a whole chords part into a Generate from Chord Symbols part, so when I play back the tune the chords can be heard as configured in the chord diagrams.

Nancy, unfortunately slash regions are special animals, and afaik are not the same as any flavor of notes, be it slash or regular, and thus can’t be converted either…
It might be worthwile (I do that…) to add, in a template even, a special rhythm player that is hidden from the score of course.
You can use this player then twofold, firstly to create rhythmic kicks or hits on top of any part by way of a rhythmic cue and secondly to resolve your chord symbols as desired.
The cue function for hits and accents is especially handy, since the displayed cues change dynamically with edits in the special cue staff!


Interesting idea, Benji. I’ve used a hidden rhythm player to count in at the beginning of a piece, but haven’t used the cue function; I will explore it. Thanks.

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Thank you, Daniel; that was an easy fix. Because most of my players are of a certain age, the bolder slashes in a slash region are more readable than slash voice slashes—though slash region strums are boring; but I’m not complaining.

Thanks for your idea, Benji; I think I understand your suggestion, but it’s new territory for me. Will you kindly send an example?

I’ll do it tomorrow! :smiling_face: