Something I’ve been experimenting with is playing all notes/chords on my MIDI keyboard without specifying any durations, and then going back in insert mode and fixing up the durations. (I’m not a good enough player to do realtime MIDI recording unfortunately!)
In an idealized case (single voice, no chords) this works well and is fast, using keyboard navigation to move along a line, shift+arrows to select multiple notes, and shift+alt+arrow to increase/decrease the duration.
However, as mentioned above, with chords involved, the arrow keys only go to a single note. I haven’t tried the new “Select more” yet but even so, having to hit an extra key combo to pick the whole chord makes this input process awkward and also (I suspect) doesn’t play well with shift-navigation to select multiple neighboring chords.
Also, moving left/right along a voice will sometimes hop to an unexpected location on another voice or even another staff, or selecting a non-note item, which slows me down.
Some nice-to-haves that would make this work better (unless I’m missing something that already exists):
A way to select chords by default instead of individual notes when using keyboard navigation.
A way to tell Dorico to prioritize logical neighbors over visual neighbors when navigating on the keyboard (that is, if I’m in a particular voice and navigate left/right, I expect to stay in that same voice, even if another voice is visually the next thing to the left/right).
Mostly just writing this here as another use case/scenario for wanting better chord selection, but the other navigation issue is also something to consider. Thanks for listening!