Feature request: auto-arpeggiation of block chords

As I write a lot of piano music, I often find myself sketching the harmony as block chords and then having to turn these block chords into arpeggios.

An auto-arpeggiation feature would save me a lot of hassle. I envisage this as a sort of drop-down menu where you can set the basic note value of the arpeggiation (sixteenths, say) and where you can select from a collection of common note order patterns (ascending, descending, or the well-known Alberti pattern, for example). Next, you can have the resulting arpeggiation applied to any block chords you have selected.

No idea how easy or difficult this would be for the team to program, but I just wanted to have mentioned it. Thanks for reading!

Hi @kimfierens,
You already have a powerful and adjustable automatic Arpeggio Playback of block chords.
When you enter the arpeggio symbol you need to select it in order the arpeggio options in the Properties panel to appear. :slight_smile:

Check the manual:

Here is a screenshot of the exact place where you can find the Note Offset function:

N.B: Keep in mind that the automatic Arpeggio Playback works only in case the notes are entered by Step Input, or computer Keyboard methods. It doesn’t work with Real-Time Recording method.

  • Probably if you Quantize the notes to the grid after Real-Time recording, and then add an Arpeggio symbol it may work (I haven’t tried it).

Best wishes,
Thurisaz :slight_smile:

I think the OP’s asking for the ability to take a block chord and transform it (on the printed page) into a series of separate notes.


Hi @pianoleo,

Well, if he has exactly this in mind, then the team could think about to implement this idea.
+1 for such improvement in Dorico.

You’re right; that’s what I have in mind.