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Dorico 4 Tips and Tricks

Dorico 4 From a Guitarists Perspective

I usually don’t have much patience with software that isn’t easy to figure out. However, I gave Dorico, starting with version 3.5, more time than usual for three reasons.

  • It’s not just a legacy program that’s been around for decades
  • It promises to be a “desktop publishing” software to write my guitar music books, without using other software programs such as Word, Excel, Acrobat etc…
  • You can catch the sense of dedication that the Dorico team have to keep improving

Click to get my FREE Dorico 4 SE Cheat-sheet intended for guitar and bass guitars, and useful for anyone else entering notes into Dorico. Shortcuts on the sheet will also work in Dorico Elements and Dorico Pro. Download the FREE SE software, or try 30 day trials of either Elements or Pro here.

Suggestion, spend time with SE version first, until you get used to it. Then if you are interested in the upgrade, you’ll have a full 30 days to try it.

Discounts on Dorico 4

Dorico may offer promotional discounts from time to time. They also give a generous discount to crossgrade from a competitor’s software if you have a license. Educational discounts are also available to students and teachers. See their website for details.

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About the Dorico 4 Cheat-Sheet

Being new to Dorico (but not to notation software), I am more acutely aware of the difficulties of trying to learn this software than experienced users. That’s why I compiled the cheat-sheet notes to have those critically important shortcuts at hand.

It took me 10’s of hours to get the information in the cheat-sheet so please take advantage of it and share it. I hope that my Dorico 4 Tips and Tricks helps you get up to speed quickly with either the FREE Dorico SE, Dorico Elements, or Dorico Pro.

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I love software that is intuitive that I can use without reading instructions or doing tutorials. Dorico isn’t that type of software. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. You just need a little help. That’s why I wrote the Dorico 4 Tips and Tricks guide.

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Tips and Tricks Video to Get You Started in Dorico

If you plan to try Dorico SE or the other trial versions, do yourself a favor and watch my video below. As a beginner I can help get you through some of the difficulties. Download the GuitarBasement “cheat-sheet” here.

Also, you can download the Dorica Quick Reference Card pdf directly from the Steinberg site here. Although they didn’t update the Card to version 4 yet, most of the shortcuts should be valid.

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