I was admiring Percussion Creativ and Claus Hessler’s work on the Rudimental Codex (PDF) on Twitter, and said I’d like to emulate the engraving style but Dorico couldn’t do it, when someone from Team Dorico replied that it certainly could, using “Edit Percussion Playing Technique”. Maybe over a year of working from home and covid confinement has turned my brain into mush, I was sure I’d read here several posts asking how to do this and the consensus being you couldn’t. Anyway, it turns out I was wrong and you could do this since 1.2.
So I have successfully created playing techniques for Right Hand (RH) and Left Hand (LH) which place the notes above or below the mono staff respectively, and I even edited the clef to include the R and L symbols. So far so good.
The next step is to use note head size to represent dynamics. Looking at the Rudimental Codex it seems to me there are only three:
- Accents = large note head, no accent symbol
- Ghost notes = tiny note head, no brackets
- Normal = normal note head
I can’t seem to figure out how to do that in the “Edit Percussion Playing Technique” dialog, I can see that you can choose the noteheads, but I can’t seem to find something matching what I’m after. Or should this be elsewhere?
Lastly, is there a way of doing this that would allow one to change a flow from one style (e.g American, notes all on the line, L and R beneath, accent symbols and brackets for dynamics) to another (e.g. this Swiss/German style) without re-writing the whole thing?
@Robby_Poole you’re always the resident expert on percussion, do you have any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.