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Musical Road Map – Never get lost again!

I just got back from the National Accordion Convention where I played with the Convention Orchestra – and so many players were getting lost in the repeats, D.C.’s, D.S.’s and endings – I thought I would do a little write up on it.

Open this – and follow along – Musical Roadmap

The simplest repeat is the repeat bar. It is a Heavy Double Bar Line with 2 dots (I nicknamed – Snake Bites) There will be a repeat bar facing Right (dots on right) – and one facing Left (dots on left). When there is a LEFT facing repeat – you will return to the CLOSEST Right Facing repeat – and play again.

1st & 2nd endings – you will play the 1st ending the first time – at the repeat bar go back to the nearest right facing repeat bar and play again. And the second time – DO NOT PLAY the notes under the Bar for the 1st repeat – instead – JUMP to the 2nd ending – then continue the song.

There can be such endings as the first bar is marked 1.2.3 and the next one is marked 4. this means to take the 1st ending the first 3 times. I have even seen – the first ending marked 1.3 and the second ending marked 2.4 – can you figure that out? In this case the second ending had a repeat bar also!!!

To also keep you on track – there are double bar lines throughout the song – which means that the section is changing. There is ONLY ONE Heavy Double Bar Line (without dots for repeat) and that is at the VERY END!

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If you reach the END and the music wants to go back to the beginning – not using a 1st and 2nd ending – the music will say D.C. – which stands for Da Capo.

D.C. al Fine – means to go back to the beginning and play until you see the word FINE. (which means THE END) This is usually at the end of the 1st or 2nd section.

D.C. al Coda – means to go back to the beginning and play until you see the words – To Coda – then you jump to the end – for the Coda (which is an additional ending)

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If you reach the END and the music wants to go back to a section that is NOT the beginning labeled with a SIGN – the music will say D.S. – which stands for Dal Segno.

D.S. al Fine – means to go back to the Sign (Segno) and play until you see the word FINE. (which means THE END) This is usually at the end of the 1st or 2nd section.

D.S. al Coda – means to go back to the Sign (Segno) and play until you see the words – To Coda – then you jump to the end – for the Coda (which is an additional ending)

 

 

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