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.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button 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 Engraving Options.


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