I know this is a can of worms because there is really no consensus about the “best” way to write a drum set part. While Dorico does a lot to make percussion manageable, and is probably better than any other notation product in most respects for drumset notation, I do have the feeling of continually being in a Catch-22 loop.
I have read everything I can find and I have viewed Anthony’s extensive videos on this subject several times, but I still feel like I must be missing something. I am trying to do notation that begins each section with a 1- or 2-measure beat pattern followed by the appropriate measure repeats. I reserve slash notation for solos and fills.
I can get the patterns to show up reasonably well, but only if I select the option to display it as a single voice. Whenever I try to use the multiple voice option, I end up with those blasted superfluous rests that I cannot eliminate. And I’m pretty sure Anthony’s workaround for drum cues requires the option for multiple voices.
I can live with the above most of the time, but the drummers I work with want to see the band hits or major rhythms notated as cues above the staff. I have included some typical examples in the attachments. All of those cases have the cues above slash bars or repeat bars, but there could also be times that I want to cue passages above a regular measure. In other words, I give the drummer his basic groove, but also show the band hits, as a visual aid so he doesn’t lose his place.
I’m not sure I have seen any way to get the cues to appear over slash bars or repeat bars unless that is the ONLY thing I put in those measures (i.e. no real sounding drum part), and then tell Dorico to display the notes even on slash bars. Repeat bars are even more troublesome because the repeat bars inherit their notes from the original bar, so I don’t see how I could add cues to repeat bars. I can’t figure out how to make all of this work. Has anybody had success with such notation appearance?
And let me put in a pitch for a feature. The Dorico cue feature is wonderful. I’d love to have an option for rhythmic cues that could be positioned above the drum staff. That would be so much easier than trying to enter those rhythms and hits manually. My drummers would love me, not that this would necessarily be a good thing.