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4.7 Numbered Endings

SmartScore can cope well with repeats, jumps and endings both simple and complex. For proper playback to occur, repeats and endings must be unambiguous and logical.

With SmartScore’s alt repeat tool you are able to set the sequence of numbered endings as well as how many times they should repeat.

To create a numbered ending or edit an existing numbered barline,


a. Select Start Alt Rep button from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette then click on the appropriate barline to assign its sequence properties.

b. The Repeats window will open. Choose “1” to assign the next repeat sequence as the first ending.

c. The Close Ending tool will appear on the cursor. Click on the last barline that terminates the first ending. The cursor then switches again to the Start Ending tool.


d. Click on barline that begins the second ending (it may be the same barline that closes the first ending). Choose “2” as the sequence number of the second end- ing.


FIGURE 4 - 12: Multiple Endings

e. Finally, click the barline that “closes out” the last ending.

Occasionally, you may wish to change an existing numbered barline to a “normal un-num- bered” barline. This would apply to a barline that was mis-recognized as being numbered or to undo a one that had been previous edited as numbered.

To change a numbered ending barline to a “normal” barline,

a. Ctrl + click on a nearby barline (or pick it off the Barlines palette). Click directly to the left of the numbered ending. This inserts the selected barline.

b. Delete the numbered ending (hit the “X” key and click to delete).

NOTE: Repeat barlines are critical for correct playback. Remember, the number given to each ending represents the order each ending will play within a repeated sec- tion. You can have multiple “1st & 2nd endings” provided each set of endings is placed inside repeat barlines. Without repeat bars, SmartScore will interpret it as “Repeat last section this number of times.”. Jumps are different... they are not sequential. For more information about non-sequential jumping, see Section 4.6.1, "Repeated verses".

4.7.1 Deleting numbered endings and barlines at the end of systems

Numbered endings and barlines at the end of systems have special properties. They cannot be changed to “normal” barlines using the usual “Ctrl-click” or “Insert/Change” function.

To delete and replace a numbered ending or barline at the end of a system,

a. Insert the desired barline type to the left of the numbered ending that you wish to remove.

b. Delete the original ending (hit “X” key and click). The measure will shift slightly to the left.

4.7.2 Change of key/time and the double barline

Usually, changes of time and key signatures at the end of a system are preceded by a dou- ble barline. If for any reason playback hesitates after a change of key or time signature, make sure the barline preceding the signature is actually a double barline. Two single bar- lines will cause playback to hesitate.Jumps