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da capo


Definition: The Italian musical phrase da capo literally means “from the head” (or “beginning”), and is an indication to play from the start of the song or movement. Da capo is commonly seen abbreviated in the commands D.C. al coda and D.C. al fine.

See segno.

Also Known As: du début (Fr), vom Anfang (Ger)

Pronunciation: dah cap’-oh

Note: The guitar fret-holding device – called a capo – is pronounced kay’-poh.

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