Fretboard panel

The Fretboard panel allows you to input notes for fretted instruments using the corresponding fretboard layout for the selected instrument type. It is located in the lower zone at the bottom of the window in Write mode.

During note input, the notes you press in the Fretboard panel are input. Outside of note input, Dorico for iPad plays the notes you press using the instrument sounds of your most recent selection but does not input them.

You can hide/show the Fretboard panel in Write mode and Play mode in any of the following ways:

  • Press Cmd-8.

  • In the toolbox on the left, click Show Lower Zone Show Lower Zone button, then choose Fretboard Fretboard button in the lower zone.

Fretboard panel showing the fretboard for a classical guitar

The Fretboard panel toolbar contains the following options:

Advance Caret
Advance Caret button

Advances the caret by the currently selected note duration without inputting notes. Extends notations with duration, such as gradual dynamics and pedal lines. Only available during note input.

You can also advance the caret by pressing Space.


When inputting notes using the Fretboard panel, the caret never advances automatically.

Delete Left
Delete Left button

Deletes the selected notes/items. During note input, deletes notes at the previous rhythmic position and moves the caret back to that position.

You can also delete notes/items by pressing Backspace.

Set Note Duration
Set Note Duration buttons

Allows you to select a note duration, both for the next notes you input during note input and to change the duration of existing notes outside of note input.

You can also select note durations by pressing the corresponding key command or by clicking note durations in the Notes panel in the left zone.