Double stemming notes

Is there a way in Dorico to double stem notes to indicate there are two voices? See upload for example. Thank you.

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Yes - input notes into 2 voices, and set your Notation Options to allow unison notes in opposing voices to overlap.

If you wish to do this on an individual basis, you can switch to Engrave mode, select the notehead that’s further to the right, and set its Voice Column Index to 0 using the properties panel.

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Thank you both for the presto reply.

After having dealt with this many times in a piece, I really hope the team come up with an easy and fast way to apply a double stem to any selected note. One more property please !
This is an area in which I have to confess that I miss Finale special tools very much.


This is definitely not a property of a single note. It is a case of two voices in unison. The easiest way I know to do it is not bad:

  • Select notes
  • Shift-I and enter 1 to add unisons – they remain selected
  • V to move selected notes to the other voice
    (or Shift-V if necessary to create a new voice)

is it really impossible to view this as a graphical fantasy in the area of stems ?
this method is not a satisfying option when you have zillions of these !

In what context do you have zillions of these? If it’s in the context of showing multiple players on the same staff, Dorico has dedicated divisi functionality and condensing functionality. If it’s in the context of a single player playing two voices simultaneously, it needn’t be slow: select all the notes that need double-stems (using Cmd/Ctrl-click for non-contiguous selections), copy, right-click > Paste Special > Paste Into Voice > whichever voice. If this results in non-overlapping noteheads where you want overlapping noteheads, leave the selection intact, switch to Engrave mode and set the Voice Column Index property to 0.

I’ll admit there are some occasional nice pieces of UI and function in Finale, but this isn’t one of them.


Selecting a whole bunch of handles for each note is not faster than the steps @Mark_Johnson has outlined. And there’s no guarantee that parts will be stemmed correct.