Noteman says: Finale’s Setup Wizard automatically generates brackets based on your staff selection. Brackets are also predefined in Finale’s template files.
You use the Staff tool to place staff brackets (including “curly braces” on piano staves) into the document. Add brackets to staves by grouping the staves. Drag the top or the bottom handles of a bracket to stretch it, or to change its distance from the staves. To create nested brackets (one bracket within another), group each set of staves that you want the brackets to enclose. Staves can belong to more than one group. You can also create “floating” brackets, unattached to any staves and placed anywhere in the document, for certain modern pieces that require them.
You can only define one bracket for each group you create. However, if you want to place more than one bracket on a group, follow the instructions at To create additional (nested) brackets.
- Choose the Staff tool . The Staff menu appears.
- If you haven’t yet created the group, do so now.
- Click a group handle, then choose Staff > Group and Bracket > Edit. Or, double-click a group handle. The Group Attributes dialog box appears.
- Choose one of the Bracket Options to select the style you want to use for the group.
- Specify the position of the bracket in relation to the group. In the Distance from the Left Edge of Staff box, enter the distance that Finale should place the bracket from the left edge of the staff. The units are whatever you've selected under
Edit> Measurement Units, and a negative number moves the bracket to the left.
Enter numbers into the Vertical Adjust (Top of Bracket) and Vertical Adjust (Bottom of Bracket) boxes for the distance to extend the upper and lower ends of the bracket in relation to the top of the top staff and the bottom of the bottom staff, respectively. To align the bracket’s ends evenly with the top and bottom lines of the group, enter a value of zero. A positive number for either option moves the bracket’s end upward.
- Click OK to add the bracket.
- Choose the Staff tool . Handles appear on every group bracket in the document.
- Drag the bottom handle up or down. Drag the top handle left, right, up, or down. When you drag the top handle horizontally, the entire bracket moves. When you drag either handle vertically, you can make it appear to enclose even non-grouped staves.
- Select a bracket handle and press
BACKSPACEto revert a bracket to its default length (so it encloses the staves of a group).
In the course of creating a document, you may have added or dragged staves between existing staves. Such changes could have unexpected results, especially concerning the appearance of your brackets. If a bracket doesn’t appear to be drawn correctly, you can usually solve the problem with this technique.
- Open the ScoreManager.
- From the Score Order
dropdownmenu, choose a staff order.
Note that this affects all staves in your document. If the results are not what you desired, immediately select Edit > Undo.
You can only define one bracket for each group using the Group Attributes dialog box. However, you can still place more than one bracket on staves. Simply create additional groups for the same staves, choosing a different bracket style for each group. This has the advantage that each bracket is automatically sized to match its corresponding group.
You can avoid showing a bracket on a group containing a single staff, such as a solo line. If you don’t want a bracket to appear, make sure that Show Bracket If Group Only Contains One Staff is not selected in the Group Attributes dialog box. However, there may be situations where you need the bracket configuration to change from one staff system to another. To do this, you simply need to delete the bracket on the system that requires alterations, and then define a new one accordingly, assigning it to the measures of that system. (When you do this, Finale automatically creates two new bracket definitions for the systems included in the former bracket's definition--one for systems before the deleted bracket, and one after).
- Choose View > Page View.
- Choose the Staff tool .
- Select a handle on the staff you want to adjust. Then, choose Staff > Groups and Brackets > Remove to remove it.
- Choose Staff > Groups and Brackets > Add. The Group Attributes dialog box appears.
- Define the bracket as needed, then click OK. Use the handles to make any independent manual adjustments to this bracket.
A “floating” bracket is unattached to any particular staff; it can appear anywhere on the page. Finale considers such a bracket purely graphic, you can use the Expression tool to place it. They can be especially useful when you need to enclose a group of lyric verses.
- Choose the Expression tool . Double-click where you would like to attach the bracket. The Expression Selection dialog box appears.
- Click the Miscellaneous category on the left.
You could choose any category you like, but this bracket is unlike most other figures you would add as an expression, so we will add it to the Miscellaneous category.
- Click Create Misc. Expression. The Expression Designer-Main dialog box appears.
- Select Shape and click Create. The Shape Designer dialog box appears.
- Choose Shape Designer > Bracket Style. The Bracket Style dialog box appears.
- Select the bracket style you want and click OK.
- Click the Bracket Tool , and then click in the drawing area. To adjust the bracket's height or width, click the Selection (arrow) Tool, click the bracket, and drag its bounding handles.
- Click OK, OK, Assign to return to the score. You can stretch or move the bracket as needed.
- Choose the Expression tool . Click the note or measure to which the bracket is attached. Its handle appears.
- Drag the handle to move the entire bracket.
- To stretch the bracket, double-click the handle, and drag one of the eight bounding handles that appear.
- To reshape the bracket, double-click it a second time, and drag its individual control-point handles.
- Click the main handle and press DELETE to remove the bracket.