Tablature symbols in Dorico Elements

I was looking for standard tablature symbols such as string mute, palm mute, hammer/pull, and so on. So far, I have not seen much on it?

Information about hammer-ons and pull-offs is here in German:

Can you share some picture examples of the others, ie how you would expect to see them notated?

Well, I don’t read German #1.
2 - As tablature is a simple and extremely common notation, you can find it just about anywhere.
I googled it for you out of respect:

Perhaps the English version will help?
Hammer-ons and pull-offs (

I think “DE” meant “Dorico Elements”… :wink:

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As not everybody is familiar with internet abbreviations, or knows a different meaning, it is often wise to avoid them.
For example, a friend couldn’t understand why LOL was being used in a particular blog (not this one) until someone else explained that on the internet it meant “laughing out loud” rather than the meaning she had grown up with, which was “lots of love”.

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Ah yes whoops, apologies for the misunderstanding @beerbong ! Thanks to dealing with the Dorico manual and its translations, “DE” gets an instant internal recognition as “German” for me.

It’s helpful to know what aspect exactly someone is talking about, and what convention in particular as there are variables at play.

You’ll also hopefully find that this is a polite and friendly forum on the whole, with well-meaning people giving up their time to help others. However, those people just might possibly have different experiences and interests than you, and therefore things that are second-nature to you are not so familiar to them, and vice versa.

Yes sorry for the confusion about DE. As for tablature it is a standardized notation type so I don’t agree with you and truly don’t understand how your team could of missed that.

Thanks, but I am going to go with Guitar Pro 8.

Just for the sake of completeness, Dorico can perfectly notate Tablature in a multitude of styles, and can easily produce all the techniques and ornaments you were describing.
I’d be willing to elaborate on any specific requirements you might have.


Please don’t misinterpret my previous comment as representing the official position or knowledge-base of the team as a whole. The Dorico team’s experience is world-class and extensive, and part of that is remaining perpetually curious about notational standards and practices, hence the request for you to be specific about what exactly you would like Dorico to support.


Morning all,

@beerbong I realise with fresh eyes that I wasn’t as helpful as I could have been and inadvertently knocked the conversation down a non-ideal pathway, for which I apologise. When I read your initial post, I for some reason immediately assumed that the “not much” you’d seen had pointed you towards what Dorico already supports but that you were looking for something else. Not sure why – maybe it’s the heat.

Anyway, to go back to first principles and second what Benji so helpfully and correctly wrote earlier: Dorico supports tablature and a wide variety of guitar techniques out-of-the-box.

To help demonstrate, I’ve knocked up a rough project with all the examples on the beginner page you linked to. I’ll also add a couple of links to documentation pages about guitar techniques; you’ll find further information about how to input the techniques described on those pages at the bottom in the “Related links” section.

Excuse the warning when you open this project, for one reason or another I happened to have Dorico 4 open earlier.

If you’ve got any further questions, let me know.

tablature_techniques_example.dorico (534.8 KB)

You can also show the same music as a notation staff only, a notation staff with tablature as well, or just as tablature. This can affect what notations appear on the tablature staff (as some notations like the hammer-on H) will appear on either, but if both are shown only appears on the notation staff.

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The one thing I miss in Dorico TAB (and it may exist although I haven’t found it yet) is the ability to define hand positions easily as is possible in Finale, where one can set the base hand position using a fret-offset.

Fortunately I do not do TAB notation often, and recently only for Dulcimer, which is not as complex as some other fretted instruments, although the Dulcimer (DAD) fingering system has complications of its own due to different instruments having different numbers of oddly spaced, idiosyncratically numbered frets.

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Awesome. :sunglasses: