Sometimes when you are reading a score, you will notice a section that says D.S. al Coda or D.S. al Fine. Both can be used as a way to indicate to the performer of your music that you want a section to repeat in a particular way without having to rewrite the section yourself.
Not only will this save time and energy, but it will clearly communicate the message – if done correctly.
D.S. is short for Dal Segno, which means “from the sign.” When you come across a measure in the score that has D.S. above it – it means to repeat back to the measure with this sign right above it:
If the sign is D.S. al Coda, that means there is an extra step. Once returning to the sign shown above, the performer will play till they reach this sign:
…and then jump forward to an area marked “coda.”
If the sign is D.S. al Fine, the performer will play till they reach a measure marked Fine – or end.
Once again, this is a simple tip to help save time to avoid rewriting repeated sections.
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