Music Symbol, barline?

I wanted to know if there is a way to change the Barlines ‘type’, in the ‘Create Barlines’ we have 11 types of Barlines, but I never use, for example, this one:

I need to have the Double Heavy Barline, so, is there some way to replace the glyph of the Barline I don’t use with a Barline I would use like the Double Heavy one? (Like there is the Edit Music Symbol in Library to modify some glyphs)

No, at the present time there is no way to design your own barlines, I’m afraid.

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If you are not using repeats in your project, then you can fake a Double Heavy Barline with an End/Start Repeat Barline. In Engraving Options>Barlines>Repeats, set the Coincident repeat barline appearance to Double thick barlines. In Engraving Options>Barlines>Design, set the Gap between outermost barline and repeat dots to -1/2 space. In Playback Options>Repeats, uncheck Play repeats.

Another way to fake a Double Heavy Barline is with two vertical lines with their Line body style set to Solid line body (thick) and with the lines repositioned in Engrave mode.


I will try the second one, Thank you!

I just had an Idea about this that I didn’t think about before, perhaps if I change the barline glyph I don’t use directly in the music font (I use Sebastian) and replace it with the barline I want, It could work, isn’t it?

One could always try and see. So long as one didn’t make the new bar line a default, one could always revert.

I had this Idea to change the glyph, but I don’t know how even to start to do it haha

I am trying to use the Font forge to try to replace it, but I saw that there is a JSON file that I don’t even know what the purpose of it, and I am thinking I would have to modify it too, so unfortunately I will not be able to do this option.

What if Dorico doesn’t use the glyph to draw that barline? I’m afraid that Dorico itself draws the barlines… I’m not sure.


Well, I don’t know about that, I was trying to change the glyph itself, but as I don’t know anything about this kind of thing, I didn’t manage to do that.

About fonts, I even wanted to create some music font that emulates those from the mid to late 19th century, I have seen a font called Rawson, it was in Typesetter.earlynotation, I have seen similar fonts but I don’t know the name of it.

Now, about the barline again, I have no clue how to do the thing I want to, it seems like a simple thing to do, but I don’t know how to do it.

Nor is right, Dorico draws barlines graphically, rather than with font glyphs.

I think I’ve posted some fonts somewhere in the forum.

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Follow these steps:

  1. Select a note near the place where the double thick barline should go. Add a vertical line using the lines panel in the right zone. Select the same note again and add another vertical line.
  2. Select both lines and change the Line body style to Solid line body (thick) using the properties panel in the lower zone.
  3. In engrave mode, move both lines simultaneously to the place where the top of the double thick barline should go.
  4. Click at the bottom of one line to select the lower handle. Extend the line downward as far as needed. Repeat for the other line.
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On my version of Dorico there is a single thick bar line in the Barline Tool; so if one starts with that, one only has to use @johnkprice 's technique to add the second one. And if the added line ever goes astray for some reason (in another layout?) the original thick bar line will remind one where to make the correction.


Now that @Derrek has reminded me that Dorico already has a single thick barline, there is a better way to obtain a double thick barline. Start by selecting the default barline where the double thick barline should go and make it a single thick barline. Then type Shift-B 1z Return. Select the newly created barline to the left of the thick one and make it thick as well. Execute Edit > Notations > Bar Numbers > Add Bar Number Change and set the Type to Don’t Include. Select the rests between the thick barlines and execute Edit > Remove Rests. Finally, with Note Spacing in Engrave mode, select the handle over the second thick barline and move it to the left.


I did both ways, it worked very well, Thank you!