I strongly believe in project-based learning and weaponizing your imagination.
What do I mean by that? Well sometimes I like to pretend I have projects I need to get done even though I don’t.
Sounds silly but when it comes to learning all sorts of software this method can be quite powerful.
So here is what I’ve done:
When I used to make arrangements for my band with Musescore I first had to make a “Playback Project” that I could export to MP3 so they had a good idea of what things were supposed to sound like. That meant every single note was written so they could sound on the output file. Then I would save the project as a different one then start converting it into a “Notated Project”, Eg what the players would actually see on their page (Slash notation, chord symbols, things that the notation software wouldn’t necessarily play back).
Since I’m relearning Dorico and didn’t know which was more practical to start with, I decided to begin with the playback one. Here are my questions:
1- Can I make it so that the repeat bars repeat more than once?
2- Can I make it so certain things only play on the second time, or only at the last time?
3- Can I extract the chords into text automatically? (So I can save time not going into each chord one by one just to see what they are)
4- Can I hide certain bars from showing up in the individual player parts? (In the project the first bar serves only as a count-in. I can just delete it in the Notated Project, but it would be more elegant to just hide it)
5- I want to change the positioning of the dynamics and text, how do I do that?
6- How do I make it so the text goes over the barline, instead of having both overlapping?
I’m uploading the project for those who want to take a look at it. Note that I have taken the opportunity to also learn how to attach my own VST instruments instead of Dorico’s default, so some things might not play right away.
funk1.dorico (1.1 MB)