Playing technique as System Object

Can a playing technique (a glyph, not text) be a system object?

No, only a staff object.

What playback effect are you looking to do with a system object? If you just want a glyph as a system object, you can input any character from the smufl font in system text. Right-click in the text field and select insert music text.

I used these all the time in Finale. I created a library of multiple sizes. The font is the Jazz font. In Dorico, it works great for single staffs, but want to use on scores and braced families.

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Two options:

  1. Turn it into a font.
  2. Place it on the top staff, use Duplicate to Staff Below (I’ve set it to Ctrl-Shift-M), and hide the other ones in the score only.

Is there any way of creating those as horizontal lines, which can be system-attached?

Is there a way to adapt this into the line tool so you only need two shapes, above and below? A line tool line can be used on one staff or as a system object.

(Ninja’d by Lillie, of course. :grinning:)

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I should have explained that the brackets are a combination of keystrokes that can be sort of complicated. The line tools don’t really work for me as I am partial to the calligraphic look of these.

I could well be oversimplifying, but in theory I don’t see why a line that comprises the middle part as a horizontal line body, with the curved ends as caps, aligned so their tops end on the line (rather than centered on it) wouldn’t be possible to create; and once created, could have variable length/width and be used in multiple projects if you click the Save as Default star.


LH, that would be ideal, but I don’t see a way to get the tapering of end caps, as in a calligraphy pen.
I know, picky.

If you have access to the individual glyphs/characters in the Jazz font that produce the tapered line ends, you can create your own line annotations that contain the corresponding Jazz font characters.

How/where do I specify the font in edit line annotations?

  1. In the Edit Line Annotations (plural) dialog, select probably Music Symbol, and click Add to create a new music symbol annotation. The Edit Line Annotation (singular) dialog opens.

  2. In the editor, choose Glyph on the right hand side.

  3. Select the appropriate font and glyph within that font.

  4. Click Add Glyph.

  5. Repeat for the other end.

  6. In the Edit Line Annotations dialog, adjust their attachment points (how they align with the line body-part of their line).

  7. Create a new line in the Edit Lines dialog, and give the line your two annotations as start/end caps.

(I think)

Thanks for your help with this. This would be the best solution by far, if I could only get the alignment to work. After adjusting the scale of the glyph so that it appears to have the same thickness of the line body, it doesn’t seem possible to adjust the y axis so that it matches up.

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Also, I thought I had it, when I was working at 1600 magnification, and reached a point where it looked perfect. Then when I zoomed out, it was misaligned. There also seems to be a difference in the graphical representation between the line editor, the lines tool in the pallete, and what appears on the page.

How does it export though? Check the PDF. I think it’s something called hinting. Are you on PC?

Here is the pdf:
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Here is from Dorico Print mode:
Bracket 7

Here is from the Write mode:
Bracket 8

Hmm, ok, unfortunately that’s more than just hinting. Sorry, I don’t have any solution.

Thanks anyway for the effort, Dan.

What text font are you using? You could use the free font software Font Forge to copy in the enclosures from the Jazz font. That way, enclosed text would be available within the text font itself.

I’m attaching a Macintosh “font map” to show how this was accomplished by someone else. I would share the font itself, but it is the property of one of my clients. Maybe this will help (?)
Ash Text w:enclosures.pdf (180.7 KB)