So you just got Dorico or you have the trial, and now you want to know how to use it.
Here are a collection of resources and ideas I found helpful in my process:
How to Get Started
The fastest way to learn Dorico is NOT to learn about the interface theoretically. Instead, copy something.
If you need ideas, here are a few:
- Palestrina: Sicut Cervus
- Holst: First Suite for Band
- Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige
- Gubaidulina: Ten Cello Preludes
- Any of, like, a jillion scores on YouTube
Copying scores like this will surface a bunch of questions you otherwise wouldn’t think to ask (see “Tutorials” and “Getting Help” below).
References to Keep at Hand
Like learning an instrument, it’ll take a few months to get fluid at entering notes, symbols, and text. Until these commands enter your muscle memory, you’re going to want to have these references handy:
I still refer to these sheets on occasion.
Steinberg’s team has put together loads of excellent tutorials on their YouTube channel. Here are some highlights:
- Expression Maps and Play mode in Dorico 3.5 (for using professional sample libraries)
- Tools for Arranging Music (time savers for large ensemble music)
- Condensing Scores: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (another must for large ensemble music)
- Be sure to check out the monthly Discover Dorico live sessions
Dan Kreider also has a great beginner’s guide to Dorico on his website.
Wherever you go online, the Dorico team is super helpful and will typically get back to you within a day, if not hours of you asking your question. The larger community often will answer questions even faster.
If you want further instruction on how to use Dorico (or any professional notation program), I’m here to help. I’m happy to offer you private tutorials specialized to your specific musical goals. Email me for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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