Ossia staves

Ossia staves are smaller staves shown above/below the main staff of an instrument. They are used to show alternative phrases that can be played instead of the original phrase, such as suggestions for ornaments, alternative notations from other sources, or an easier version.

In Dorico Elements, you cannot add ossia staves. However, ossia staves are shown if you import or open a project that contains them.

Figure 1. An ossia staff below the left-hand piano staff shows an easier alternative

Video tutorial about ossia staves (English)