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Logic 9 Parentheses in a Score

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by pianokeys135, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. pianokeys135

    pianokeys135 New Member

    Hi Everyone -

    What is the best way to insert parentheses or brackets into a score? I want to use them around chord symbols and around certain notes in a jazz chart to indicate that certain notes chords are optional. I figured out how to put them into chord extensions like C7(b5) for example, but I can't get them around a note or whole chord without inserting a text field and dragging it into place, which doesn't seem like the right way to do it.

  3. Eli

    Eli Senior member

    I've been dealing with this exact thing lately. I just use the actual parenthesis keys on the keyboard. Here's what it looks like the way I have been doing it. If anyone knows of a better way, please let me know too (Doug?)

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  4. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    Jeez, what's the point of opining if everyone already knows the answer...:)

    You both have discovered my bleeding edge trick ;) ... Text entry and drag it around. Breath marks are the same problem - use the comma and move it around.

    The only tip I might toss out is I will use the resize tool to quickly adjust the size of the object, if needing such.
  5. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    I will add I think it's easier to include the parenthesis with the chord symbol than to add after the fact....
  6. pianokeys135

    pianokeys135 New Member

    Thanks for the comments! Yeah the resize tool seems like it will help with adjusting the size. It seems like there isn't a better way to do it when you want to put parentheses around a whole chord symbol (including the root note) or around a note and its accidental :( Maybe it's time to start experimenting with Sibelius for my jazz charts :D
  7. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    And maybe fire off a request feature to Apple. I'd love to see some improvements. BTW, I'm not above taking a pencil and marking parts as needed (when Logic fails to provide the right look).
  8. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    One thing occurred to me was to add the parentheses using lyric mode rather than text. I'm not at Logic so I can't test if this has any advantage or not. The fact that it is associated with the note rather than just the position in time makes me think it might behave better.
  9. Eli

    Eli Senior member

    Definitely; I always do this. When you start dealing with text elements for chord symbols that are not "tied" to the notes with lyric mode, it becomes an unholy mess!

    When in text entry, I just hit a space, then the open parentheses, chord alteration, and then close parenthesis.

    What I personally find counter intuitive is the way to use the comma for separating upper and lower chord extensions when entering a chord symbol. Say I want to enter a C six nine chord symbol. I have to enter C 9 comma 6. And of course usually also need to put some spaces in after the comma so the 6 lines up properly.

    But I'm just ranting......
  10. pianokeys135

    pianokeys135 New Member

    Thanks for the tips. I'll have to check out lyric mode. I was just sticking the chord symbols in without tying them to any particular notes or position in the score. It was kind of messy :D
  11. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    @ Eli: You and me both......

    @ Pete: Tried it, with my test it wasn't any better. Nice idea though......

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