Splitting brackets on chords

You can split brackets on any notehead within a chord. By default, Dorico Pro automatically shows a single bracket for all notes in a chord unless it contains very large gaps, in which case Dorico Pro automatically splits brackets.


If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. Select the individual notes in chords immediately above where you want to split brackets. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Break bracket in the Bracketed Noteheads group.


Brackets are split immediately below the selected notes.


You can change the default interval between notes above which Dorico Pro automatically splits brackets on chords in the Vertical Extent section of the Bracketed Noteheads page in Engrave > Engraving Options.


Figure 1. Chord with single round bracket
Figure 2. Chord with split round bracket