Smorzando, morendo, dolce... [whatever]

Anthony’s videos comprise one of the more comprehensive libraries of free tutorials on how to use any program very effectively. He could “write the book” on how to produce perfectly clear, concise, and effective tutorial videos. The corpus of work he’s produced on YouTube is very significant, and highly polished.

This is to say nothing of the “discover dorico” sessions that take place every month, which also comprise a huge wealth of knowledge free for the taking.

I’d say they do a freaking awesome job presenting the program. I wish others were as committed as that!



I typed “adding text” into the search field of the on line Dorico 5 Pro manual and the top link led me here.

I realize the entire Dorico manual has too many pages to read through in its entirety, but finding SHIFT + X is not difficult if one wants to add text.


Especially since the very menu entry to create text reads “Create Text >”…

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Thank you, Benwiggy, that is incredibly helpful!

Quoting benwiggy via Steinberg Forums

I agree, I find that Anthony’s videos have taught me just about
everything I’ve been able to learn (without screaming for help here).

I suppose what I’d like to see isn’t some kind of tutorial
Shakespeare, but perhaps just a friendly librarian to organize the
videos into a “START HERE, …GO HERE NEXT” format. I’ve owned Dorico
for years now, and have started so many times, eventually stopping
because I can’t find some crucial information that would make me able
to complete what I’m doing. It’s like driving from (wherever you are)
to Montana, and ending up at roads leading off of a cliff. But I
agree, all of those videos are superb. Occasionally, it is difficult
to know which video to pull up – you will find that the functions you
see in the video are slightly different or no longer exist (or have
moved, whatever). It reminds me of the story of the man who sold his
gold mine because he couldn’t find the vein of gold. Although he could
have kept on digging if he’d only started again three feet away from
where he lost it, if you don’t know where to look, its easy to become
stumped. (Especially when you have multiple deadlines, neverending…)

Anyway, as long as all of you don’t mind we novices bumbling with all
these questions, I’d say that between that huge manual, the excellent
videos and all the people willing to answer questions, I no longer
intend to give up. The program is BEYOND excellent in every possible
way, and I am determined to keep at it until I’m up there with all of
you. Thanks for your help!

Quoting James via Steinberg Forums

Enjoy your Dorico journey.

I would add a few small pieces of advice:

  1. If you don’t know how to do something just EXPERIMENT. You will learn a lot in the process and lose nothing.
  2. Whilst striving for your perfection, on occasion just cut your losses. Eventually you might discover a better way but why fret today?
  3. The defaults almost always produce acceptable results.
  4. Properties are your friends - learn how to manipulate them to suit your needs.
  5. Popovers are your friends too.
  6. And (totally gratuitously). Set key commands for grid spacing that mirror note durations! (eg. ctrl-6 to set grid spacing to crotchets… etc )
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Someone else put me onto this tip only recently, and I have found it extremely useful.


As I’m familiar with Photoshop, the default commands of Option [ and ] are similar to the commands used to make the brush size larger or smaller (which are just the square brackets); so they make sense in my head.

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