Is there a way to make the slashes in slash regions appear in meters like 5+6+6+6/16 or 5+5+5+5+3/16? Right now wherever there is a “5,” the slash regions are just empty. The first one could be represented as an eighth note and then 7 dotted eighths for example. If I write the meter as 2+3+3+3+3+3+3+3/16, then it works - the slashes show, but I don’t want to have to write all these meters this way. The band hates me enough as is haha. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Those are pretty uncommon situations for slashes, so I’m not surprised Dorico doesn’t know what to do with them. I think you’re going to have to do it manually with a slash voice rather than a slash region. Once you’ve done it once, it’s simple to copy or Alt-click elsewhere though. I’m not sure exactly what you want, but you could easily do something like this for your first example:
You’ll likely need to turn Force Duration on. You can hide any stems you want in Engrave mode. I don’t know if you’re feeling the 5 as 3+2 or 2+3, but I would write it however it is felt. As a player I always feel these sort of meters in terms of “longs” and “shorts” so I would make sure the slashes reflect the feel.
Thanks for the suggestion. I was looking for a “lazy” solution, where I could just grab the handle and drag it instead of manually copy-pasting it. But good tip with hiding the stems, it looks neat what you did.
Also, there’s another nuisance if I want to have slashes in the parts/full score but at the same time things playing in the playback. I like to suggest i.e. a kick-snare-hh pattern to the drummer for 2 bars or so and leave the rest to the player. But I read somebody suggesting here on the forum to add and hide an extra staff with actual notes for the playback.