Slash regions

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Slash regions automatically display rhythm slashes as appropriate for the meter throughout their duration; for example, they show four slashes per bar in 4/4 and two slashes per bar in 6/8 by default. A single slash region can extend across multiple different meters.

A single slash region covering multiple different meters

Multiple slash regions can exist at the same rhythmic position. When slash regions overlap, Dorico Pro treats this as a multiple-voice context and changes the staff position of slashes automatically.

In Write mode, each region has a handle at the start and end, which you can use to move and lengthen/shorten regions.

Slash region showing start/end handles

By default, slash regions are highlighted with a colored background. As you zoom out, the highlights become more opaque, which is especially useful when viewing full score layouts in galley view. These highlights are considered annotations, are not printed by default, and you can hide/show them.

When two different slash regions are adjacent, they alternate highlight colors to ensure the separate regions are always identifiable.

Two adjacent slash regions with different highlight colors

You can use slash regions and slash voices in the same project and at the same rhythmic positions; for example, you can input a slash region where you do not want to be specific about the rhythm, then input notes in a slash voice for a single bar where you want to specify an exact rhythm.

By default, Dorico Pro hides notes at the same rhythmic positions as slash regions, but you can show notes alongside individual slash regions.


Because rhythm slashes are often accompanied by chord symbols to indicate the set of notes the performer should use, you can show chord symbols in slash/chord symbol regions but hide them elsewhere.