Horizontal orientation of vertical lines

Greetings All,

I am trying to adjust the horizontal orientation of a down-arrow so that it is right above a note. Unfortunately, in ‘Properties’, the only options are for it to be to the right or the left of the note. I can’t find anything in the line editor that would solve this problem either.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Joshua Stamper

I posted a similar thread a few days ago. The only thing I could come up with was just placing it manually in engrave mode.

Thanks for the reply. Glad to hear I’m not alone.

We’re in this together Joshua!


I want to confirm sami’s statement, but want to add that you could use playing techniques to achieve it as well (if the arrow is always the same, for example).

If you want the line to appear connected to the note (i.e. coming out of the top of it), you can also create a custom notehead with that design, the benefit being Dorico does not then accommodate extra horizontal/note spacing for a vertical line that you later move graphically.

Lillie / Sascha,

Thank you both for your suggestions. Very helpful. Will give it a go and let you know if I have any more questions.

Thank you again!

For my purposes, I was looking for a line to show a transfer of an unmetered solo melody from one instrument to another (see example below). I don’t think there’s any way a playing technique would cover that. But let me know if any of you have any ideas. So far all that’s worked is manually editing it in engrave mode.

Slightly off-topic, but be careful creating lines between instruments held by different players, as I don’t think Dorico supports them. I was experimenting with this, and I noticed if I created such a line, and then I viewed a part containing one of the two instruments, the line would be destroyed from the score.