Chords and Scales in Dorico Music Notation Software

Quick and easy diagrams in Dorico

The fonts Chords and Scales work very well in Steinberg’s music notation software Dorico for macOS.

Layout custom text frames and write your pin sharp chord boxes, scales and arpeggio diagrams in any size directly in the score.

Alternatively use Spotlight and the huge Chords & Scales library with more than 10000 chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams and drop them into your Dorico document.

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Share Chords and Scales diagrams

In part 1 of this tutorial I showed you how to convert your scale- and chord diagrams from text to png-images using the application Automator.

You created images from Chords & Scales neck diagrams using Apple Pages or TextEdit – or even Spotlight without opening any application.

Share Chords and Scales diagrams

Occasionally you may want to share additional chord, scale or arpeggio diagrams as an explanatory note with  your students. In this second part of the tutorial I show you how to attach, markup and share these images.

 

Script · Scales Normal to Mail

  • converts your scale diagram to an image
  • saves the image to the folder My Scales Images
  • opens the application Mail
  • attaches the image to a new email
  • completing subject and message automatically

Watch the movie to get the idea.

 

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Creating PNG-Images from Fonts Using Automator

In this first part of the tutorial I am going to show you how to convert your scale- and chord diagrams from text to png-images using the application Automator that comes with macos. Create images from Chords & Scales neck diagrams you wrote in Apple Pages or TextEdit – or even from Spotlight without opening any application. Part 2 and 3 of this tutorial will cover how to share these images on Facebook, add them to your website, attach them to emails or use them as stamps in forScore.

Watch the movie to get the idea.


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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 135

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135. Find previous blog posts with triads on different string sets in part 1part 2 and part 3 of this tutorial.

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135.

 

 

Open voiced triads

Create diatonic open-voiced triads on string set 135 by replacing the middle note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 5 (-1 octave).

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135 · open voiced triads

 

Shifting the root

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135 · Shifting root notes

 

All triads in all keys

Play open voiced triads on string set 135 in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

 

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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 234

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234. Find previous blog posts with triads on string set 123 in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.


Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

Note the position of the root notes on strings set 234

  • 1st inversion → root on upper (2nd) string
  • 2nd inversion → root on middle (3rd) string
  • root position → root on lower (4th) string

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234.

 

String 1 → String 4

Create diatonic triads on string set 234 by replacing the upper note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 4 (-1 octave).

  • 2nd inversion on 123 → 1st inversion on 234
  • 1st inversion on 123 → root position on 234
  • root position on 123 → 2nd inversion on 234

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 1234

 

Same inversions on string set 123 and 234

Each diagram shows identical triads on string set 123 and 234. However they differ in tone quality due to gauge and length of the played strings.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 123 and 234

 

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Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major on string set 123.

 

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of C major

Find the previous blog post covering diatonic triads in the key of C major in part 1 of this tutorial.

 

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Diatonic Triads in the key of G major

To cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123 we start on the Cmaj (IVmaj) triad in the 12th position. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of G is IVmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of G major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

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Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of F major

Again we we start on the Cmaj (Vmaj) triad in the 12th position to cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of F is Vmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of F major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

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Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

All triads in all keys

Now being familiar with all triads and all inversions in the key of Cmaj, Fmaj and Gmaj start to learn triads and their inversions in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

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Adding frets to neck diagrams

By default the fonts Chords and Scales create chord- and scale diagrams with five and six frets. Diagrams for scale patterns using three notes per string, long-form arpeggios or some tetrachord patterns require more than six frets.

It is pretty easy to add any number of frets to these diagrams by connecting and aligning two or more text boxes in Apple Pages as shown in the video. Make sure to set Text Wrap of each text box to None.

 

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Adding frets to a diagram in Apple Pages

 

  • create two neck diagrams with the fonts Chords and/or Scales
  • set Text Wrap of each text box to None
  • cut the lower part of the text box resp. neck diagram to avoid overlaps
  • connect and align text boxes
  • group the text boxes
  • optionally rotate the diagram by 90°

 

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1part 2 and part 3 of this tutorial.

 

Modes and tetrachords | Root note C

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords

 

Comparing modes in terms of tetrachords helps you to get familiar with

  • the structure of scales
  • the fingerings of scale patterns
  • the sound of modes
  • the brightness and darkness of modes

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C major scale | Modes in terms of tetrachords

Find previous blog posts covering tetrachords in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.  

 

C Ionian Scale

The C Ionian Scale is a combination of the Cmaj tetrachord and the Gmaj tetrachord separated by a major second (2).

C ionian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

G Mixolydian Scale

The G Mixolydian Scale is a combination of the Gmaj tetrachord and the Dmin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Gmaj tetrachord of the C ionian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale.

G mixolydian scale in terms of tetrachords

 

D Dorian Scale

The D Dorian Scale is a combination of the Dmin tetrachord and the Amin tetrachord separated by a major second (2). The upper Dmin tetrachord of the G mixolydian scale becomes the lower tetrachord of the D dorian scale.

D dorian scale in terms of tetrachords

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Modes in terms of tetrachords

Tetrachords | Major | Minor | Phrygian | Whole-Tone

See part 1 of this tutorial here.

 

Major Tetrachord

major tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – tone – semitone (2-2-b2).

modes major tetrachord

 

Minor Tetrachord

minor tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – semitone – tone (2-b2-2).

modes minor tetrachord

 

Phrygian Tetrachord

phrygian tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern semitone – tone – tone (b2-2-2).

modes phrygian tetrachord

 

Whole-Tone Tetrachord

whole-tone tetrachord is a series of four notes with the interval pattern tone – tone – tone (2-2-2).

modes whole-tone tetrachord

 

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