1) I'm unclear on how to manage transposing instruments. I do a lot with brass parts. I had a sextet arrangement in Sibelius. I exported it in musicxml, imported it to Dorico. It was 95% there. Great! The biggest thing was the transposing bit. I pressed play and the sounds were spot on. But the scores were off. CaptureBT1.PNG shows the first system in Sibelius. CaptureBT3 shows Dorico.
Note the Horn in F and Bb instruments both show up in C. I tried changing the key signature on m1 of the 1st trumpet part and it changed all parts. Tried selecting all notes in the horn part and applying key signature. It changed the trombone and tuba.
I DID create a native brass band template in Dorico, assigning parts for Eb Soprano Cornet, Bb Cornet, Eb Tenor horn, etc. and it worked. But I'm unclear how to change existing staves/instruments.
CaptureBT2 and BT4 show a different section where all instruments are playing. The top 4 staves are sounding the concert pitches correctly, but the staves show key signature of C, when it's really in concert Eb (as the trombone and tuba demonstrate).
2) This is actually the much more important question to me: how do I find the answers to these kinds of questions without writing here? You all are very helpful, and I have NO doubt that Dorico can do anything I want... my needs are so basic compared to film scores or symphonies. No doubt that Dorico can do it, but how to I figure it out? I have downloaded the 200 page pdf manual. I have the Dorico online help (F1 from the program)open all the time. But in the case above, I searched on "transposing instruments" and there is 1 reference in the 200 page manual:
The Notation Options dialog provides multiple options that allow you to make changes that
affect the way music is notated for each flow.
The changes that you can make affect the following:
• Note and rest grouping, such as the handling of syncopated rhythms or of different
rhythms in different time signatures
• Voices, such as the sharing of noteheads among voices or the order in which multiple
voices are tucked together
• Accidentals, such as the handling of cautionary or courtesy accidentals
• Transposition, such as the handling of key signatures in transposing instruments
and, to be honest, I can't understand that parameter in the Notation Options section at all. Nothing about setting them up, or transposing C staves to other instruments, or even affecting a single stave (per my experimenting above).
I may sound like I'm whining, so I apologise. I am NOT a professional, and I will NOT use Dorico every day, or even every week. So when I start to work on a project, I will have to re-learn some things I learned last project. Is there a more detailed help facility? a 1000 page manual instead of a 200 page one? I'm sure you can answer any question I throw at you, but neither of us has the time to teach me with that approach. I'm trying to be as independent and self-teaching as possible.
How do I figure out how Dorico works? I think I've watched all the videos on your YouTube channel. If the answer is "some day we'll have a comprehensive manual and robust training offerings, but not today," that's fine. Perhaps I'm not the right candidate for being on the ground floor of Dorico, as much as I want to support you all. You may well need cleverer people than me for the first while.
I'd appreciate your candid thoughts.
Thanks so much.