I like to sketch into empty staves and measures as if I had a sheet of manuscript paper in front of me. I might sketch an 8-bar melody starting at measure 1, and then skip some measures, and start sketching something else, say at bar 16. When I need more “paper”, I add empty bars at the end. I want all the empty bars there in advance – sometimes pages of them – (filled with bar rests, e.g.).
I spent 3 hours today with Dorico 2.0, which I have used casually for a while, and gave up. I started with an empty flow and one player, a Piano. I put in a 4/4 time signature, and got an empty grand staff with a single, page-wide measure that said “Tacet”. I clicked in the upper staff, and did an “End of Flow” “31” “Insert Bars”. Nothing changed, except the system track now said"1-32". There were no bar lines, just the long, page-wide “TACET” glyph. (Sibelius at this point would have given me 32 empty measures separated by barlines, with a whole-note rest in each one.)
I then tried inserting a whole note rest at the beginning of the staff, clicked, and nothing showed up (i.e., no 4-beat rest, no four (4) quarter rests, nothing). In desperation, I entered a whole note at some random pitch in two successive measures, and then deleted the whole note in measure 1. Finally, I got a single measure with rests on both staves, and “1” between.
Now, my strategy was to copy (duplicate) the first measure (both staves) into the remaining 31, but after one hour of searching online and in the Dorico manual, I could not find the command that lets me repeat an entire measure “n” times. So, new, strategy: paste measure 1 into measure 2, then into measure 3 (at this point, consolidated as TACET with measures 3-32), etc. The minute I pasted measure 1 into measure 2, both measures 1 and 2 disappeared, and was back to one giant, page wide measure saying TACET – not even notating for me how many measures of tacet there were.
This shouldn’t be this hard, so either I am clearly missing something, or the manual (or program) is missing something, or both.
Can someone tell me, in a few short steps (Sibelius does it in a single click of add (multiple) measures + type the number) how to create 32 bars, 64 bars, or even ten blank pages with 256 blank bars, each with a rest in it? And while you are at it, where in the manual is the command to duplicate (repeat n times) a selection or measure, and where is a command to tell Dorico “Do not consolidate adjacent rests”?