I wanted to bring a subject that really only concerns percussion writing, but which has a rather profound consequence to the notation. Even though this notation is technically incorrect it is used almost consistently. When writing percussion rolls the first note is tied to the last. The first note will contain the slashes and the second not. Dorico will not allow you the draw this. If you put slashes on a note and tie it to another note, it redraws the second note. As I said this notation is not technically correct, but if you do no connect the first not to the second note with a tie the roll and the last note are played separately. While this is not done 100% of the time I would venture to say the notation is used 98%, especially with American percussion material and especially concerning snare drum music. It would be nice to have this option that the program doesn’t automatically change the notation. The only work around is to use a slur, which really isn’t the same thing at all to us.
Issue 2 is that it would be really nice to have a simple generic staff which is not connected to an instrument. There are millions of percussion instruments so trying to connect them to sounds is really quite useless. And the bigger problem is that we use a 5 line staff for our music. Even if there is only one instrument, the tradition is to use a normal staff. Since there is no generic staff to use I have to take something like a violin staff and change the name to be able to write percussion parts.
The last thing concerns symbols. Forgive me for saying this, I’m only using it because it’s the only example I have. Sibelius has a page of hundreds of symbols, articulations, and a host of other signs that really are needed. I would love to have a page of these available in Dorico. I find myself really confined by the lack of such basic elements.
I have been using Dorico and with a doubt things look beautiful, and many of the processes are so much easier to complete. Since I write almost exclusively for percussion instruments, there is a frustration in using a notation that isn’t exactly meant for us however. I know there are many other things that people are looking for, but those are my two cents.