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Repeat barlines

Simple repeat signs

Repeat sign indicates a staff section that should be repeat, you can consider repeat sign like mirrors.

simple repeat signs

start repeat sign this symbol is a start repeat sign.

end repeat sign this symbol is an end repeat sign and indicates to go back one time to the start repeat sign.

If there is no start repeat, you go back to the beginning of the movement.

simple repeat signs

Take a look at this animation:

simple repeat signs (animation)

Repeat signs with first and second endings

The repeat can use a different ending, to do this first and second endings are used:

Repeat signs with first and second endings

- First ending is used the first time
- Second ending is used the second time (after you go back to the start repeat)

Take a look:

Repeat signs with first and second endings

Repeat signs with multiples endings

As with first and second endings, you can find multiple endings, like this:

Repeat signs with multiples endings

The first bracket (1. 2.) is used for the first and second repeat, and the second bracket (3.) is use for the end of the third repeat (the section is repeated three times).


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