…or suggest different, better ways to create ligatures and colorations that ideally carry over to part layouts without adjustment and don’t get altered when notes are edited and the number of bars in a system changes. What I’ve done below works much of the time, but needs occasional adjustment.
I discovered a Horizontal Lines property that I’d not noticed before that’s available in both Write and Engrave Modes:
Horizontal end position > End immediately before following note
Here’s a ligature on two notes that’s a solid line with inward-pointing hooks (start and end attached to rhythmic position) added to just the first of the two notes (the b) with this property applied, also set in Engrave Mode with an End offset of X=4 to take it the right distance beyond the second note.
This is the Full score.
Here’s the C2 part with no further adjustment needed:
Making coloration marks has all been a bit complicated, but I can’t find a better way to do this. Sigh. (I bet there’s a much simpler way of making them!) At least now it’s done I can save the PT as default and use in other Dorico projects.
I used Playing Techniques, which attach to a single note. Boxed Text has a couple of characters U+250C and U+2510 that are close to what I was looking for (thanks for recent postings on this), though I didn’t need the Unicode reference since I found them in Word using Insert > Symbol:
I made a small Word document with “┌ " and " ┐” with four spaces added (in Word) before or after the symbol as padding to make the PT offset appropriately.
Here’s the sequence I used:
I created a new PT in Library > Playing Techniques and made it Type > Glyph.
Clicked Edit (pencil icon) and copy and pasted the text I wanted from Word:
Clicked Add text, OK, getting:
Clicked OK. Job done.
Cheers, Chris - keeping my mind active while going through Covid
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