Inputting rests

Dorico Pro automatically shows rests as appropriate in the gaps between the notes you input. However, you can also input rests manually, for example, to show fermatas on specific beats for players without notes in that bar.

Note

These steps describe selecting the duration before inputting rests. However, you can also input rests when Pitch Before Duration is active, in which case step 7 is unnecessary.

Procedure

  1. In Write mode, select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input rests.
  2. Start note input in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-N.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Start Note Input Start Note Input button.

    • Double-click the staff.

  3. Optional: If you want to input rests onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  4. Start rest input in any of the following ways:
    • Press ,.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Rests .

  5. Activate Force Duration in any of the following ways:
    • Press O.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Force Duration .

  6. Select the rest duration you want.
  7. Input rests in any of the following ways:
    • Press Y or any of the letters from A to G.

    • Click the staff at the rhythmic position of each rest you want to input.

      A shadow rest appears when inputting with the mouse to indicate where the rest will be input.

    • Play notes on a MIDI keyboard.

  8. Optional: Press , or click Rests again to stop rest input.
  9. Stop note input in any of the following ways:
    • Press Esc or Return.

    • In the Notes toolbox, click Start Note Input Start Note Input button.

Result

Rests of the selected duration are input. If Force Duration is not activated, Dorico Pro automatically combines adjacent rests as appropriate for their position in relation to notes and according to the current meter.