I’m currently working on my very first score in Dorico Pro 3 (a loud hurrah from Daniel??). Having trawled through several threads, I have a few newbie queries on percussion kits.
I have two percussion players, each of whom play one pitched percussion instrument and four unpitched percussion instruments. I’ve combined the two groups of four unpitched instruments into two percussion kits using four line grids. This works especially well in the individual parts as the change from pitched to unpitched is made clearer by the parallel switch from a five line staff to a four line grid.
In Write mode and Galley View, the individual names of the unpitched instruments appear on the left of the four-line grid in Full Score. However, their names do not appear in Page View, either in Full Score or in the individual part. How do I rectify this?
I did think one solution might be to use a five-line stave instead of a four-line grid as I see there is a percussion legend function which is available with five line staffs but apparently not with grids. I have tried changing the two percussion kits from a grid layout to a five line staff using the Edit Percussion Kit window. Despite both kits displaying on four line grids, their Edit Percussion Kit windows have the five-line staff button selected. I’ve tried clicking on the four-line grid button in each case and back to the five line staff to force the change but the Apply button is unresponsive and it appears the kits are locked into a four line grid despite the five line staff button being selected for both. Is this a bug?
Besides the absence of unpitched instrument names at the start of the full score and the parts, no information thereafter is provided on which particular unpitched instrument is to be played. The only text directions generated in the Full Score and the parts are “To Perc. I” and “To Perc. II”, the names I’ve given to the two percussion kits. While it should be possible for the performer to remember which instrument corresponds to each of the four lines in the grid, I prefer the belt-and-braces option of text indicating which instrument is to be played at any given time. If I understand Daniel’s reply to another thread on percussion, the only way to do this is to manually input text at the appropriate places. Is that correct?
I must close by saying that so far any frustration in learning Dorico is outweighed by the end result! Thanks, Daniel & Co.!