Dorico Tutorial

Beginner's Guide to Dorico

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Chapter 1 : Interface and Menus

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    Interface Introduction

    Take a tour of Dorico's use friendly interface to get a sense of how to navigate in the program.

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    In this video, Doug covers the General Preferences, changing default settings like fonts and file location, and and properly setting up audio and MIDI.

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    Menu Items

    Discover where specific functions can be found. The menu items are all briefly reviewed and some functions are explained and demonstrated.

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    Key Commands

    In this video, Doug gets into the Key Command preferences window to find available key commands, and assigns and deletes shortcuts. Explore the interactive key command window and learn how to use MIDI assign.

Chapter 2 : Setup Mode

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    Adding Players

    Doug shows how to add different types of players by creating a player card. He also shows how to assign them to one or more instruments.

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    Explore the Full Score, Instrument Part and Custom Score layouts. Also see how to remove and assign players and explore Layout options.

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    In this video, Doug goes over Flow creation and linking to player cards and layouts. He also looks at the Project Info window and does an overview on the notation options.

Chapter 3 : Write Mode

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    Basic Setup & Mouse Note Input

    Doug shows how to create tempo markings, additional bars, key and time signatures to a new project. He also shows how to use the mouse for single notes and chord entry.

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    Computer Keyboard Note Input

    Learn the techniques for entering notes, moving the caret, adding accidentals and octave displacements.

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    MIDI Controller Note Input

    See how inputting notes is very fast with a MIDI controller. Doug also explores ingle notes and chords, along with Insert Mode, adding rests, dotted notes and lots of key command tips.

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    Notes Toolbox & Panel

    This video demonstrates the remaining tools in the toolbox and covers entering and adding the articulations.

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    Doug explores entering dynamics as you enter notes and entering them afterwards. He also uses the Dynamics popover to speed entry and see how to quickly copy and select dynamics.

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    Properties Panel

    In this video, Doug takes a quick look at the three levels of of refining the look of your music: Notation and Layout Options, the Write Mode Properties panel and the Engrave Mode Properties panel. The Write Mode Properties panel is also explored, showing its contextual relationship to selected items.

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    Copy, Paste & System Track

    Doug discusses some easy ways to copy/paste parts using the option/alt key. He also takes a look at the System Track.

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    Lead Sheet Pt. 1

    In this video, Doug creates a Jazz style lead sheet. He also sets up a single staff with a piano sound, sets parameters in Engraving and Layout Options, and adds repeat signs with first and second endings.

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    Lead Sheet Pt. 2

    Doug explores inputting rehearsal marks, chord symbols and lyrics. He also shows key commands to help entry placement and goes over editing.

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    Unpitched Percussion

    Learn how to create a part for a percussionist playing different instruments in a piece and how to create a drum kit part.

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    Working with Text

    Learn part and system text entry via the Text Editor window and how to apply and edit paragraph styles. Also see how to change font styles via the Font Styles window.

Chapter 4 : Engrave Mode

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    Engrave Mode Pt. 1

    Doug starts with a tour of the window. He then shows how to graphically edit slurs and dynamics, the Playing Techniques window, along with formatting systems. Lastly, staff and note spacing is covered.

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    Engrave Mode Pt. 2

    In this video, Doug explores frames, Master Page Sets, Master Pages and Pages set up and relationships. He also shows how to edit a Master Page and format music frames for part/score layouts.

Chapter 5 : Play Mode

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    Play Mode Pt. 1

    Doug discusses the menu items, then the track header MIDI assignments, and relationship to VST instruments is explained. He al;so covers the VST area, showing how to create and assign instruments, including 3rd party plug-ins.

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    Play Mode Pt. 2

    In this video, Doug shows navigation and zoom techniques. Next, he explores viewing and manipulating notes in the Piano Roll, including a drum kit track. CC and Playing Technique lanes, Tempo and Chord tracks and Playback options are also covered.

Chapter 6 : Print Mode

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    Print Mode

    Doug gives a tour of the window and its panels. Preview your layouts and set printing parameters in the Print Options panel.

Chapter 7 : 2.2 Update

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    Record MIDI Pt. 1

    This video covers preparing for a MIDI recording including setting preferences, preparing a part, setting up the metronome and checking buffer sizes.

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    Record MIDI Pt. 2

    Learn all about the record process features such as Record, Retrospective Record, Quantization and Fill Gaps, and MIDI merge.

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    Additional 2.2 Updates

    This video covers the new interface updates to Layout cards and the Layout and Notation Options windows. Updated Status Bar, Flip, Select More and adding dynamics to multiple staves feature are covered as well.

Product Overview

Doug Zangar presents an in-depth video tutorial series designed for the new Steinberg Dorico user. Learn what you need to know to get started with Dorico, and then go beyond, making your very first score!

Doug welcomes you and then starts at the beginning with an introduction to the Dorico interface, setting up its preferences, and an overview of its menu items. You’ll then learn about important time saving key commands, creating players, layouts, flows and more.

Next up is the Write Mode where you’ll discover basic set up info and note input functionalities using your mouse, computer keyboard and or MIDI controllers. The Notes Toolbox and Panel is then shown, as well as entering and adding articulations and dynamics to your masterpiece.

Moving on you’ll explore the Properties Panel, creating Lead Sheets, working with text, Engrave Mode, Play Mode, Print Mode, and much more, all allowing you to create your very first score and share it with the world.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to Steinberg Dorico notation and scoring software, or just want to know if its right for you, this is the series to watch… Checkout “Beginner’s Guide to Dorico” today.

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Beginner's Guide to Dorico is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is just great for all levels Doug is awesome. All his tutorials, like this one, are to the point, cover all aspects of the training material in a linear model that is easy to follow.
Date published: 2020-12-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great series and great teacher This is my favorite teacher on the Dorico and Cubase series. He goes through every menu item and covers everything in the software very clearly.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely structured, easily understood course on Dorico I really admire this course on Dorico. The teacher is very organized and systematic, emphasizing the more useful parts of the package and good ways to think about how the software is organized. Each video is short enough to absorb, and I like his systematic summaries at the end of each.
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect! Video are really helping me so very much!!!! I appreciate that they definitely are designed for the user's "beginner mind". Exactly what I've been looking for to start. Thank you!
Date published: 2020-05-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Superior This is the perfect course for learning Dorico from scratch. I decided to learn this software during the Covid crises. I already have used Cubase for 20 years and I knew that the work flow would work well with Steinberg. Great job on the course presentation.
Date published: 2020-04-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well done. This course is a great example of how to efficiently and thoroughly teach a complex but exciting subject. Well done.
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Walk Through!! This gave me EVERYTHING I needed to make my journey into Dorico a smooth transition from the other notation programs. Valuable, insightful, and fun! Thank you for a great class.
Date published: 2019-11-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the series Enjoyed the series, very helpful. I wish there was a little more on multi-voiced writing, and its complexities- as well as more step by step guiding, THEN explaining. Good stuff, though, Bravo! More please! :-)
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial I've been working with computers/music software for years and I've never had a wtf!!?? moment like I did when I first opened Dorico. Even though I've used Sibelius since v1 Dorico was completely baffling. What's that you say? RTFM. To which I can only answer, we don't need no stinking manuals. Anyway, this tutorial got me up and running very quickly. Well done.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very complete and concise. Learning Dorico really benefits from an organized high-level presentation, so that you can see how it works, but then get down into the details. I think this does a great job of that. He explains things very concisely, but completely.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Although this is pretty much the only thorough Dorico course available so far, it's by no means lacking in depth. A highly recommended way of getting into grips with this new, powerful and exciting software which, I'm sure, will be the industry standard in a few years' time.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial After battling with Sibelius for years, and paying Avid ridiculous amounts for updates, Dorico is a breath of fresh air. These video tutorials really help to get you started from a strong vantage point.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Dorico training This is good for getting into Dorico more scoring videos such as this is much appreciated especial Finale and Dorico.
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent supplement to Dorico videos By their nature, professional level music notation programs have steep learning curves. As a longtime Finale and then equally longtime Sibelius user, I looked forward to Dorico's arrival a few years ago and am not disappointed. It is brilliantly conceived albeit different in concept than the other major players...and that's a good thing. The Steinberg Dorico videos are a must for anyone learning the software. Doug's tutorials are a valuable supplement, offering a different perspective into a complicated but rewarding software program. The tutorials are well-organized and full of "tips and tricks" you may have overlooked elsewhere. This is a worthwhile Guide for anyone embarking on the Dorico journey.
Date published: 2018-11-17
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