I’m very pleased to announce that the lovely people at NonLinear Educating have just released a Dorico Basics course, devised by me.
It’s a series of 29 bite-sized videos that tackle the initial learning curve, including but not limited to:
- key commands (including customising them)
- a whistle-stop tour of the five modes
- initial score setup
- input methods for notes/chords/chord symbols/dynamics (including using the caret), text etc.
- explanations of the various other input tools (Insert mode, Force Duration, Tie and Scissors etc.)
- global vs. local properties
- global options vs. local overrides
- Engrave mode(s), including pointers towards the kinds of engraving things you can do in SE and Elements
- Master Pages
- Some hints for laying out part layouts
…plus a bunch of common rookie pitfalls and how to avoid them.
It’s segmented in such a way that more experienced users can dip in and out, but if you’re coming to Dorico - or indeed notation software - for the first time, I recommend you start at the beginning and watch the whole thing in order.
The vast majority of the course is applicable to all three flavours of Dorico (3.5) and I’ve highlighted Pro-only functionality. Key commands (keyboard shortcuts) are given for both Windows and Mac.