Inputting hammer-ons/pull-offs

You can input hammer-ons/pull-offs on any notes belonging to fretted instruments using the ornaments popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing notes. If you select multiple notes, Dorico for iPad automatically inputs the appropriate slurs. You can also add tapping with hammer-ons/pull-offs to existing notes.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.


      During note input, you can select additional notes before/after the last input note without deactivating the caret by pressing Shift-Right Arrow/Shift-Left Arrow.

    • Select the notes to which you want to add hammer-ons/pull-offs.

      • If you want to input hammer-ons, you must select at least two notes assigned to the same string with ascending pitch directions, such as C-D.

      • If you want to input pull-offs or tapping with pull-offs, you must select at least two notes assigned to the same string with descending pitch directions, such as D-C.

      • If you want to input ligados, you must select at least three notes assigned to the same string with alternating pitch directions, such as C-D-C for a hammer-on then pull-off or D-C-D for a pull-off then hammer-on.

  2. Optional: During note input, input at least one note.
  3. Open the ornaments popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-O.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Ornaments Ornaments button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the hammer-on/pull-off you want into the popover.

    For example, enter ho for a hammer-on or hopo for a hammer-on then pull-off.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.


The hammer-on/pull-off you specify is input on the selected notes. During note input, this is usually the last note you input.

If you selected multiple adjacent notes assigned to the same string, Dorico for iPad automatically inputs slurs spanning the selected notes and centers hammer-on/pull-off indications on the slurs. For slurs with multiple hammer-on/pull-off indications, each indication is centered over the range of notes in the corresponding direction.

By default, hammer-ons/pull-offs appear on both notation staves and tablature and are placed above the staff.


You can also add hammer-ons/pull-offs to existing notes by selecting them, activating Technique in the Guitar Techniques group of the Properties panel, and selecting the appropriate indication from the menu. To show hammer-on/pull-off indications centered on slurs, select all notes except the first note under each slur.