With that approach, changing note lengths constantly moves notes into and out of different measures, which I find confusing. I already know which measures I want each note to be in. I just want to change the note length within the measure. I guess you could think of it as insert mode, where the timing is only affected until the end of the measure.
Let me try to illustrate with a (slightly) more complex example. I have three notes I want in a measure. I could apply a number of rhythms to them:
- half note and two quarter notes
- two quarter notes and a half note
- quarter, half, quarter
- half-note triplet
- dotted half note and two eighth notes
When I’m writing on paper, I turn a whole note into a half note by adding a stem. I turn a half note into a quarter note by filling in the note head. The notes don’t jump around the page as I do this – I just have to make sure that each bar fits the meter.
I’d like to do something similar with Dorico. Maybe it’s not exactly the same as paper. But, I hope there’s a better way than the insert mode, which constantly moves notes into and out of measures making it difficult for me to keep track of what goes where.