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Segno and Coda Marks
Segno and coda signs used in piano sheet music.

In the above music, no action is taken until the phrase D.S. al coda is reached. Segno, Italian for “sign,” is pronounced sey' nyo.

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Understanding Segno and Coda Marks

Segno and coda marks belong to a system used to express complex repetitions:

  1. D.C., or Da Capo
    Indication to repeat from the beginning, and is seen two ways:

    • D.C. al fine: Repeat from the beginning, and end the song at the word fine.

    • D.C. al coda: Repeat from the beginning; play until you reach a coda (or the phrase al coda), then jump forward to the next coda sign to continue playing.

  2. D.S., or Dal Segno
    Indication to repeat from the last segno; seen two ways:

    • D.S. al fine: Repeat from the last segno, and end the song at the word fine.

    • D.S. al coda: Repeat from the last segno; play until you reach the first coda, then skip to the next coda sign.

See More Musical Symbols:
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


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