This twelve-part video course will teach you how to engrave music professionally using Dorico notation software. You’ll learn everything from the basics of note entry to advanced score layout. We’ll also cover numerous tips and suggestions to make engraving music faster and more precise. My approach is to clearly and concisely show you how to create a variety of musical documents that have real-world applications. This approach will give you a modest portfolio of projects that you can use as references for your specific needs and interests. We’ll make scores for solo instruments, vocalists, piano, chamber ensembles, percussion, and orchestra. We’ll work with graphics, typography, and custom page layouts. We also cover audio topics in Dorico’s play mode.
•Project 1: learn to navigate the Dorico interface and create your first project: the theme from Caprice No. 24 for solo violin.
•Project 2: add two variations to Caprice No. 24 (from lesson 1) and work with layout features unique to Dorico.
•Project 3: create a lead sheet which contains lyrics, chord symbols, and repeat signs.
•Project 4: create a traditional four-voice hymn with multiple verses and a custom score layout.
•Project 5: create an excerpt for solo piano that utilizes modern notation, such as stemless notes, custom beaming, and free meter.
•Project 6: create an incipit for six Chopin Nocturnes. The project covers working with master pages, typography, graphics, and how to insert frames for music and text.
•Project 7: create the first page of an orchestral score by Johannes Brahms. We’ll also cover condensing and take a look at cues and part preparation.
•Project 8: create three excerpts for percussion: a drum set, a percussion part with multiple staves and instruments, and a percussion kit with multiple instruments on one staff.
•Project 9: notate the entire fourth movement of Anton Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet. We’ll look at playing techniques, custom layout, and detailed score formatting.
•Project 10: create a two-page music infographic that describes keyboard ornamentation, figured bass, and guitar tablature.
•Project 11: learn to navigate play mode, customize VST playback, connect Dorico playback to Logic Pro, and use Dorico’s MIDI editing features.
•Project 12: upload and format an XML file, take a deeper look at parts, cover music symbols and notation customization, as well as discuss best practices for score creation.
Your project is to learn the essential features of Dorico through twelve video lessons. Each lesson will show you how to make a musical score or edit an existing score. Using Dorico, you will create ten scores from scratch and then upload each score (as a PDF) to the project gallery. The last two lessons have you work with existing files; you will not create or upload a score for these lessons. An accompanying PDF of what each completed project looks like is included. Use these PDFs as guides, along with the video, to create your version of each score. Additional resources include: XML files, detailed instructions, a shortcut reference card, and an existing Dorico file.
• A computer with any version of Dorico. These videos were made in Dorico 4 and Dorico 5. Some features may no be available in older versions of Dorico.
• Basic knowledge of music notation and terminology is helpful.