Voice numbers limited?

Getting used to working with multiple voices on piano part. No matter how many times I changes voices, the displayed number next to + sign never goes higher than 2.

As I recall, note colors change automatically in Sibelius and the cursor changes colors as well.

Spending way too much time on this.

You can’t jump from 1 to 3 without inputting notes in 2. Do you have notes in up-stem voice 2? Then you can subsequently create up-stem voice 3. Once you put notes in up-stem voice 3, you can move to 4, and so on.

Colors need to be displayed in View–Note and Rest Colors.

Is there a specific reason why you need to use Up-stem Voice 3 rather than Up-stem Voice 2?

Hi @SleepyinSeattle2 I suggest that you don’t try to use Dorico the same way as you use Sibelius, it may bring to frustration because they are just not the same software and they work differently.

And before spending too much time blindly you can anytime ask in the Forum.

And before that I suggest this couple of short and very helpful videos, in case you don’t know them:


Here there are eight voices…
How many more do you need?

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That actually isn’t true, you just have to create the 3rd voice rather than just cycling straight to it. I do this all the time in Violin 1…I’ll skip over voice 2 if I’m not using it yet and use Voice 3 + IRV for solo sections.

What’s the point of skipping over Up-stem Voice 2 and going straight to 3? Not trying to be a jerk about it, just wondering.

And @TylerE, @dan_kreider is actually correct. You can cycle through Down-stem Voice 1 to the next Up-stem Voice (Up-stem Voice 2) but you can’t cycle to Up-stem Voice 3 unless there is already music in Up-stem Voice 2.

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Because sometimes I end up needing voice 2 for section stuff, and I’d rather it be section / section / solo rather than section / solo / section. Just one lest thing to remember when I do it one way consistently.

I would love to see a screen grab (is that what you call it?) of you creating Up-stem Voice 3 without using Up-stem Voice 2. Or even just a detailed procedure that I could reproduce.

I feel like there is a terminology error but I could be mistaken.

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It seems like you are correct. I assumed we were talking about during Note Input etc.


Is there a reason why you don’t use Down-stem voice 1? Does it behave in an undesirable way?

You can do it during note input too.

Using keystrokes? I don’t know how to do that?

When I Shift+V it goes back to Up-stem Voice 1. Unless there is music already in that voice.

I’m like 99% sure there’s a keybinding for it.

In any case, you only need to do this once per file, not every time you want to use the voice.

I just tried your actions on a file here.

Yes, I can change a note to Up-stem Voice 3 (avoiding 1 and 2) by right-clicking etc, but when I re-open the project, the note reverts back to Up-stem Voice 1.

Similar if I have notes only in Up-stem Voice 1 and Up-stem Voice 3 (avoiding 2): the Voice 3 notes revert to Voice 2 upon reopening.

It’s only if I have music in all three Up-stem Voices that Voice 3 is retained. For obvious reasons.

Does this behave differently for you?

I suspect you are not setting the voice properly. I can only suggest re-reading the appropriate section of the documentation .

I set the voice this way (it’s the only way via keystrokes as far as I can see) and it’s not possible to input into Up-stem Voice 3 right off the bat:

And when I tried it the way you described in your video, the behaviour I mentioned in my previous post happened.

Are your Up-stem Voice 3 notes retained upon reopening in the video you uploaded?

Yes, always. I’ve never had anything even resembling the issue you describe.

Hmmm interesting. Thanks for checking anyway.