I’m making excellent progress thanks to Dorico in arranging an orchestral piece for a concert wind band. The previous posters who responded to my questions, have been extremely helpful and I’ve developed a sensible approach and learnt a huge amount.
My basic approach is to insert a wind player staff underneath a string player staff in the orchestral Score and copy the music from the string player to the wind player give or take many judgements, edits and rearranging. And then delete the string player leaving a wind instrument picking up the specific notes / music of that player.
I have a challenge dealing with Divisi and Unis sections.
If I have, say, a 7 bar Divisi section in a 16 bar section between rehearsal letters, can I extend or reduce the length of the Divisi section say a couple of bars either side forward or backwards?
Can I change the Divisi section back to Unis by collapsing on to one stave and eliminating notes?
If a Divisi section appears grouped i.e. I can’t edit one stave eg copy, without it affecting both staves in the relevant section, can I ungroup one staff from another in the Divisi section to move to different instruments / registers?
If I copy and paste one Divisi section from a string instrument to a wind instrument (accepting that they are in the same register) and I delete the string instrument to leave the wind instrument will the wind instrument be “whole” i.e., stand alone with all the music and information assigned across or do I lose something…
If the string Divisi section is “grouped” i.e., the notes across two staves are acting as one and “joined” can I copy and paste the Divisi section onto one wind instrument stave and will Dorico automatically create a new additional stave for the relevant number of bars so that Divisi integrity is maintained, Seems to do sometimes and, not other times.
Having copied the music say from a string player to a wind player should I Delete Player Only or Delete Player and Part Layouts – I don’t understand the implications within Dorico and how the music is organized behind our view.
Does Dorico automatically extend a Divisi section between say rehearsal marks for printing purposes either in Page View or Galley View. If not why would a Divisi section in only a few bars of a section between rehearsal marks appear extended across the full section between rehearsal marks when printed?
Where do find the definition of “SignPost” in Dorico help?
Similarly, the purple empty or filled “dialogue or note boxes” some of which start a Divisi passage or may contain Lu etc, where do I find that in the Dorico Help?
And if the above is an incorrect / imperfect approach, how else should I approach copying the music across from one string instrument to one wind instrument and which I could edit later? I may add that the above approach has generally worked except in AL Divisi sections i.e. its worked for some but don’t know what’s lost / incorrect because I don’t know how Dorico works and can’t find it in the references?
Whilst I’ve taken a look at Help I haven’t mastered it because I haven’t understood the complete picture.