Thanks for all the fabulous support on this thread!
Here are some suggestions, and ideas, for playing techniques:
When a playing technique is chosen, one should be able to go to the Properties and select whether we want it to be a symbol or a text; some performers love symbols, other ones ask you for as much text as possible.
And, also important, the “Alternative Text” should have the option of completely changing the text, not just adding text. For example, this way I can select the “sul pont” playing technique but then replace it with my choice of abbreviation or language: s.p., or au chevalet, etc. (if I am writing a score for an ensemble in Germany, I will include certain playing techniques written in German rather than Italian).
It would be helpful to have a dropdown menu for “Alternative Text” with many suggestions for different abbreviations or languages.
I mentioned this questions above, but I wanted to ask it again because it could be a very helpful possible addition: For transitions (arrows) between playing techniques, will we be able to enter it in the style of the dynamics entry mode?
i.e. select the notes and then press Shift-P and then type “sul pont -> sul tasto”
Here are some of the playing techniques that I often use and that are missing from the Dorico list so far:
Bisbigliando (bisb.) and/or timbre trill (t.tr.) - or you could add timbre trill to the trills section
names of all the mutes in text
alto sul tasto (a.s.t.)
poco sul tasto (p.s.t.)
molto sul ponticello (m.s.p.)
poco sul ponticello (p.s.p.)
bow the body