I have a 2/4 movement with 1 eighth of a pickup measure and so I’d like to delete 1 eighth from the last bar. I’m using Dorico Pro 3.5.12 and so I’m trying to follow this documentation: Deleting bars/beats
But, taking it completely literally, it just does not seem to work. I recorded a video:
I’m doing 2 things in that video. First, I’m following the instructions to the letter: I select ‘an item at the rhythmic position from which you want to delete beats’, that is, the last eighth rest, ‘Press Shift-B’, and ’ Enter – (minus), followed by the number of bars or beats you want to delete into the popover’, that is ‘-1e’. Nothing happens. (Thinking that Dorico might require me to input ‘-0.5q’, since there are two quarternote beats, I also tried that, without recording, but it also has no influence on the score.)
I then, just for kicks, select the last eighth note in the left hand and do the same. To my amazement I notice that after me inputting ‘-1e’ Dorico does not delete one half of a beat: it converts the sounding music to rests, and the number of beats stays the same! This also seems incongruous with the documentation, since what ‘Shift B -1e’ really does here is change the content of beats (changing an eighth note to an eighth rest), and not the number of beats (i.e. it does not delete any (portion of a) beat). Interestingly, here, in the left hand, after selecting the last eighth note ‘Shift-B -0.5q’ produces no visible result.
What am I doing wrong?