I’m looking for some tips to make music-entry faster. I have read a lot of threads on this forum on this topic as others have been approaching this, I still haven’t quite found a method that doesn’t take too long to be “difficult” for me.
I would say that in general, Dorico music-entry seems focused on the idea that keyboard entry, with a set of memorized key commands; is the best way to go. Using the mouse to enter notes with Dorico is madness. So then it requires a lot of practice to become proficient. That part is hard. I am not an engraver that works on engraving often. Few times a year I need to notate something, and when I open up Dorico to do it, its painfully slow process to get the music in.
I would like to start practicing in my spare time with Dorico music-entry so that I can be more proficient when the occasion arises. It goes without saying, Dorico’s layout features are best-in-class.
But I still have not really found any method that I feel I will be able to master in a way that I will be able to work quickly…I’ve seen all the videos on YouTube from different people will different ideas… ok… but still haven’t really found a method that seems to resonate with me.
So looking for outside-the-box ideas about how to get the job done more quickly.
A few things I will say about myself in general…which has contributed to me not being able to become proficient so far:
I am pretty darn fast QERTY typist without looking, but I have to look to do numbers, symbols and modifier keys. Maybe I could practice QWERTY with modifiers and numbers to get good enough that I don’t have to look down at the keyboard, but right now I have to look down at the keyboard for those.
My midi keyboard at the computer is not full size, so I don’t always know which key is middle C or which octave its in until I will press the midi key to see the result. Once I’m in a range, I can know until I change the range again…but anyway, its hard to float my hand over the midi keyboard, without looking at it, and hit the right midi key. So…again, I have to look away from the music to look at the keyboard. If I set a duration and play a longer sequence of notes…then I could look away a bit, but there is no way I could sustain sitting there for a long period of time, looking at music on a page, while typing on the QWERTY and also typing on the midi keyboard.
I don’t have a stream deck yet, might get one. But I see that as being just a way to avoid memorizing keyboard commands, but ultimately, same thing, you have to look away from the music to press the button along with also still using QWERTY and maybe midi too…three places to look now, in addition to the music I’m copying… I can see main advantage of stream deck being to put in some custom key macros that Dorico doesn’t provide now, like switching divisi changes, etc… But anyway, that’s not the fundamental problem, which is how to get numerous bars of music entered fast.
I’m thinking the right approach may be something where I somehow bash in a long sequence of music somehow, without having to look way from the music or remembering key commands, etc… or looking down at QWERTY to change durations, etc…but then just enter in a long series of notes, I guess at same duration…then go back and fix them or something…I dunno.
Looking for out of the box thinking with suggestions for how to make this more efficient if and when I am incapable…not enough talent, to learn to touch type 2-3 devices while I read the music I’m copying…
Already I can say with certainty that Dorico is not going to work for me as an interactive composing tool unless I find a way to become much much more proficient at throwing ideas into it interactively…which will need to be some kind of QWERTY/MIDI key mastery I’m sure…but so far, I haven’t been able to find that method or master it…
any suggestions welcome.