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4.8 Jumps

Jump symbols may include segno, da capo, coda, to coda, fine and other markings indi- cating where playback should stop and jump back, jump forward or be repeated and finally stop. To avoid discontinuity or endless looping (what we call the “bowl of spa- ghetti” problem), it’s important that jumps be used logically.


4.8.1 Working with the Coda

A Coda sign generally marks the concluding passage of a piece. A To Coda sign is used to mark where a jump to the Coda begins; usually from inside a repeated passage.

To insert a “jump to Coda” sign and mark the beginning of a Coda,

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a. Select the To Coda sign from the palette. Find the measure where playback begins its “jump” (usually at the end of a repeated section or numbered ending). Click on the barline to insert the To Coda sign. It will appear above the bar.

b. Select the Coda sign from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette. In Insert mode, click on the barline where the coda is to begin, (usually near the end of the piece).

NOTE: The Coda will not be played back until it is activated by the To Coda or d.s. al Coda sign.


4.8.2 Working with the Segno


image Segno means “sign”. It marks the beginning of a final repeat or ending. Segnos are usually positioned early on in the piece.


To mark a final repeat with a segno,

a. Select Segno from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette.

b. Insert the Segno by clicking the barline that begins the last repeated ending or section.

c. To stop a final repeat or ending, return to the Segno and continue on to the Coda,

select d.s. al Coda (meaning “from the sign to the Coda”).

To have a final repeat or ending return to the beginning of the piece and terminate at the

Segno sign,

Select d.c. al Segno (meaning “from the beginning up to the sign”) and insert it by clicking on the barline in the last ending or repeat where playback is to return. The repeated section will return to the beginning of the score and play through to the Segno.

NOTE: To Coda, Segno, d.s. al Coda, D.S., D.C. and d.s. al Fine signs are all ignored until an ending or repeat is played once.


4.8.3 Working with the da Capo (D.C.), dal Segno (D.S.), and Fine signs

D.C. (da capo) means “from the beginning” or “return to the beginning”.


To have playback return to the beginning of the piece and play through to the end,

Select the D.C. button from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette.

D.S. (dal Segno) means “from the sign” or “return to the sign”.


To have a final repeat or ending return to the Segno and play through to the end,

a. Select the D.S. button from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette.

b. Click on the desired barline to insert the D.S. sign.

Fine means ending. It is usually placed in the middle of a repeated ending and terminates the song.

To have the last repeat stop, return to the Segno and continue on to the end of the piece,

a. Insert a Fine sign by clicking on the barline that marks the final end point.

b. Select d.s. al Fine (meaning “from the sign to the end”) from the “Barlines and Repeats” palette.

c. Insert either the d.s. al Coda or d.s. al Fine mark by clicking the barline where the last repeat is to begin.


To have the final repeat or ending return to the beginning and play through to the Fine,

Place the Fine sign at the appropriate barline. Select and insert d.c. al Fine in a mea- sure following the Fine sign.

Repeat signs, ending markings (including Codas and Segnos) are found in the “Barlines and Repeats” palette. Using repeat signs properly will alter playback accordingly.