Notations in cues

It is beneficial to include musically significant notations from the source instrument in cues, as they can help performers identify the cued music more easily. However, only certain notations are included in cues to avoid overloading performers with too much information.

By default, Dorico Pro includes the following notations in cues:

  • Articulations

  • Slurs

  • Playing techniques

  • Ornaments

  • Lyrics

You can also include dynamics, fermatas, horizontal lines, and text in cues. However, these are not included by default as this information is not usually required to help identify the cued material.

To be included in cues, notations must exist within the range of the cued material. For example, slurs must begin and end within the cued material to be included in cues.

Similarly, pizzicato markings are not shown in cues if they are input before the first cued note. However, pizzicato strings sound significantly different to bowed strings, so omitting this information could prevent the player reading the cue from identifying it.

  • Playing techniques that only indicate important information for the source instrument, such as bowing marks for string players, are not included in cues.

  • If important playing technique information does not exist within the range of cued material, we recommend that you include this information in the corresponding cue labels.