Endings & Repeat Signs

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The Goal: Understanding multiple endings and repeat signs

In order to make music more visually easy to understand, we use repeat and ending signs. A repeat sign does simply that, it let’s us know that we need to repeat a certain section of the music, most often from the beginning of a piece.

Multiple endings allow us to repeat a large piece of music but play a slightly different ending for each verse in the case of a pop song or broadway tune. In the example below, we see a simple tune with 2 endings.

In the first ending we play two measures of D, then because of the repeat sign, we start the song at the beginning again and then the second time around, we play the 2nd ending which includes a G and D chord.

Repeats & Endings

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Repeats & Endings