How to Read Musical Repeat Signs
The following musical symbols define the pattern or order of a song:
- Repeat Barlines
A passage between two repeat barlines is played at least two times in a row. After the repetitions are played, the song continues onto the following measures:
- If the right (or “end”) repeat is on the very last measure, the song will end after the repetitions are completed.
- If there is no left (or “begin”) repeat, the song will repeat from the beginning.
- Volta Brackets
Numbered brackets change the ending of each repeated passage:
- 1st Ending: The first time the passage is played, bracket 1 is played.
- 2nd Ending: The second time around, the notation in bracket 2 is played.
■Staff & Barlines ■Note Lengths ■Articulation Marks ■Repeat Signs
■The Grand Staff ■Dotted Notes ■Dynamics & Volume ■Segno & Coda Signs
■Time Signatures ■Accidentals ■Key Signatures ■Pedal Marks
■Tempo Commands ■Piano Chords ■Music Rests ■8va & Octave Commands