Changing the harmonic partial

By default, harmonics indicate the second partial in the harmonic series, which is an octave above the fundamental. You can change the partial for individual harmonics, for example, if you want a higher partial instead.


Dorico Pro can only correctly calculate artificial harmonic partials for nodes two to six.


If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. Select the harmonics whose partial you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Partial in the Harmonics group.
  3. Change the value in the value field to the node at which the string should be touched to produce the partial you want.


The partial of the selected harmonics is changed. For artificial harmonics using the Normal type, the pitch of the white diamond notehead/parenthesized fret number is updated automatically. The sounding pitch of artificial harmonics in playback is also changed accordingly.


Artificial harmonic with default partial (notation and tablature)

Partial changed to the fifth (notation and tablature)