How to convert single note to chord(like E to Em7) by automatically not by [ input + Q ] button

Hi, eveyone. I’m a newbie in Dorico 4.
I’m strugging to find

  • how to convert top line ‘E(e-4 position)’ single note into ‘Em7’ chord notes below the top line(E is the highest position in Em7 chord) automatically.

  • I know ‘input + Q’ button activated inputs individual notes one by one. But for me it is very inconvenient.

Is it possibIe to turn single note into chord holding the top line by one clcik or automatically?

Hi Brian. Do you have a midi keyboard? If you only have a computer keyboard and do not want to use q (known as “quord mode”), you can use shift-i and enter 3,5,7 in the popover on your E… But I think q is faster here. Or a midi keyboard. We’re talking workflow here. I am afraid I don’t know enough about your workflow to bring you a satisfying answer :person_shrugging:

Thanks, Marc.
I have a M-audio code 49 usb midi keyboard as usually using it to input notes.
My question is when the note is already written (e.g. E4 single note) , In editing situation I want to know how to easily turn E4 note to Em7 chord holding the E4 top line writing down the Em7 chord tones below the E4 top note.

Enter input mode (shift-n), select your note (the E you want to change) and either select the duration and play the chord on your midi keyboard, or press l (lock duration — it will only change the pitches of the notes, not rhythms) and play your chord, or… q, select duration, play the chord. Hope it helps!

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One more to ask you, is there any chord track function (like in cubase to automatically input complicated chords) in Dorico?

Well, there is a chord track (shift Q) where you input chords either with your midi keyboard or computer keyboard (with letters like F#mb5 in the popover, and lots of options in Engraving options — Dorico pro)

Dorico Elements also has access to various options for the default appearance of chord symbols. This was added in Dorico 4.

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And am I not correct, @Lillie_Harris , that if one enters the chords for a chord track using the MIDI keyboard, one can have Dorico use the played voicing of the chords rather than a generic voicing? I’m sure that was at least the case at one time.

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That sounds about right although it’s been a while since I looked at that, for transparency.

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(Also asked in the Facebook group with alternative responses, here.)

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