Changing the staff-relative placement of fingerings

Dorico Elements automatically follows conventions for fingering placement, but you can show individual fingerings belonging to non-fretted instruments either above or below the staff. You can do this for the current layout and frame chain only or for all layouts and frame chains.

According to convention, keyboard instrument fingering is positioned above the right-hand staff, and below the left-hand staff. String and brass instrument fingering is always positioned above the staff.


These steps only apply to non-fretted instruments.


You have chosen the appropriate property scope for local properties.


  1. Select the fingerings whose staff-relative placement you want to change.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Staff-relative position in the Fingering and Positions group.
  3. Choose one of the following options:
    • Above

    • Below


The selected fingerings appear above/below the staff. If the property scope was set to Locally, this change only takes effect in the current layout and frame chain.