Guitar chord diagrams with non-standard tunings

Hi – if I edit strings and tunings to create a DROP-C tuning, when I use the chord diagrams, and open the editor, the editor does not see my drop C – it only sees the Drop D or standard.

So - I can make my custom tunings and diagrams – but I can’t seem to find a way to insert them where I need or even access them once created using the chorddiagram editor?

How can I make chord diagrams follow my non standard tunings?
thank you

Welcome to the forum @filmcomposing !

Dorico has an impressive suite of options regarding fretted instruments like guitars, their chord symbols, diagrams, capos, and tunings – which can be set independently of each other, if required.

Chord diagrams appear using the tuning set for the player, alongside chord symbols. They don’t automatically follow the tuning set for the instrument in Edit Strings and Tuning.

Once you’ve edited the tuning though, your customized string pitch setup should become available for chord diagrams:


Thank you. However, I know how to use the chord diagrams…but I need the chord diagram editor to give me the option of choosing new, custom diagrams that I made using a custom tuning.

For example, I am not using DADGAD … I am using Drop-C tuning. There are no options to use this tuning in the available diagrams.

Is there a way to just write or paste new, custom chord diagrams that I make . /?

If you have edited the strings and tuning to match your Drop-C tuning, and then selected your Drop-C tuning for the purposes of showing chord diagrams for the player (for me it appears as something like “6 Strings: C2, …”), then editing individual chord diagrams in Engrave mode has, by default, that tuning selected.

It also appears in the “Tuning” menu in the Library > Chord Diagrams dialog (when you’ve selected the 6-string chord shapes category).

Hi, thanks for the swift replies. I appreciate it!

I tried that… but, for some reason, I cannot see the tunings I made. Do I put the name of the created diagram in the chord field? In other words, when I press “shift-Q” do I put my new chord name in there? It tried that but it doesn’t seem to work…

Thanks for your help,

There isn’t necessarily a 1-to-1 mapping of chord shapes to specific chords, as in a lot of cases, the same shape can be used for multiple chords.

In the Shift-Q popover, you enter the chord that you want (you express the chord symbol, and Dorico will optionally show chord diagrams for it).

If the shape automatically chosen isn’t the one you want, change the shape.

If the right shape doesn’t exist, make the shape :slight_smile:

Thanks for your help – I will try what you suggest.
cheers from Canada