Calculating harp pedal diagrams based on existing music

You can automatically calculate suitable harp pedal diagrams based on the notes you have already input, either from a single point onwards or within a selected region.

If you do not input any harp pedaling, Dorico Elements assumes all harp pedals are in their natural setting, as they would be for C major. Any pitches that do not fit with the current harp pedaling, excluding the two lowest harp strings, appear red when colors for notes out of range are shown.


  1. In Write mode, select the region you want to use to calculate harp pedaling in one of the following ways:
    • Select an existing single note from which you want to calculate harp pedaling.

    • Select a range of notes for which you want to calculate harp pedaling.


    Dorico Elements ignores the lowest two harp strings, C and D, when calculating harp pedals.

  2. Choose Write > Calculate Harp Pedals.


A harp pedal diagram is input at the start of your selection. Depending on your per-layout settings, it is either displayed as a diagram, using note names, or not shown and instead indicated by a signpost.