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Chords Level 1
Bandwagon Music Studios
2. Sheet music.
Here is a list of commands used to move you
around a piece of music. Study the
demonstration song as an example.
The overall rule that applies is that the
symbols will be in pairs. One symbol acts as a
SENDER while the other symbol acts as a
CATCHER. This makes sense as one symbol tells
you to jump from where you are and the other
symbol is the landing place. If the catching
symbol is missing then the beginning of the
song acts as the missing symbol.
Simple repeat.
Repeat signs are in pairs, with one being a
sender and the other being a catcher. The
sender faces back towards the catcher, while
the catcher is facing towards the sender.
Often the catcher is missing and we use the
beginning of the song as the catcher. If there
is more than one set of repeat signs in a song
then you always go back to the latest catcher.
The repeat symbols are telling us to repeat the
music between the two repeat symbols once
only. That is play once normally and then repeat
one more time. This is shown in “Demo” line one.
The catcher symbol is missing so you go back to
the beginning of the song.
Sometimes you will play the section a specified
number of times as between bars 5 and 8 of
“Demo” - play 4 times.
Often the word repeat is used instead of play. The
confusing aspect of this is that “repeat” can have
two meanings. Let’s look at an example which says
“Repeat 3 times”. One composer means repeat
three extra times - play once and then repeat
three times which is four times altogether.
Another composer means to play three times
altogether (once normally and two repeats). So you
have to now the song well or judge for yourself.
b. First and second time endings.
This is based on the simple repeat.
The idea of the first and second time endings is to
repeat a section of music that has two different
endings. The first ending is designed to take you
smoothly back to where the catcher is, while the
second ending takes you smoothly to the next part
of the song.
First time through the song you play what is in
bracket number 1 and repeat back to where the
catcher is. Second time through the song you play
what is in bracket number 2. DO NOT play bracket
1 as well. You only ever play 1 or 2, but never both.
From bar 9 of "Demo" you play to bar 20 and then
play bracket number 1 (bars 21-24), and repeat
back to the catcher (bar 9). Now the second time
through the song you play down to bar 20 again but
play bracket number 2 (bars 25-28). This continues
onto the next part of the song starting with bar