Simple repeats

You can create a simple repeat by placing a start and an end repeat barline at the beginning and end of a passage. These can be applied from the Barlines or Repeats & Jumps palette.

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Simple repeat

Note: If the start of a repeat coincides with the beginning of a piece or section, the start repeat barline can be omitted if desired. Similarly, an end repeat barline can be omitted at the end of a score or section.

Simple repeat at start

1st and 2nd endings

First create a simple repeat (as shown above), then apply the first and second time endings—see Voltas.


Turn repeat playback on/offToggle the "Play Repeats"

button on the toolbar.Adjust repeat section playbackSimple repeats, such as the ones illustrated above, or "1, 2" volta sections, usually play back correctly first time. More complex repeats may need further adjustment as follows:

Ensure that the start and end barlines are correctly positioned. For a volta section, ensure that each volta, except the last one, terminates with an end repeat barline.

Repeat symbols and text

Text and symbols related to repeats are located in the "Repeats & Jumps" palette (in the Basic and Advanced workspaces). This palette contains:

Symbols for measure repeat, Segno, Segno Variation (Serpent), Coda, and Coda Variation (Codetta)D.S., D.C., al Coda, al Fine, To Coda, and Fine textRepeat barlines

Repeats palette

To add a repeat symbol to the score use either of the following:

Select a measure, then click the desired repeat symbol in the palette (double-click in versions prior to 3.4).Drag and drop a repeat symbol from the palette onto (not above!) the desired measure (so the measure changes color).


Jumps are symbols in the score which tell the musician to skip to a named marker (see below). Jumps include the various kinds of D.C. (Da Capo) and D.S. (Dal Segno) text.

To set correct playback of jumps:

Make sure that the "Play Repeats"

button on the toolbar is selected. This is a toggle, so you can turn off playback by clicking the same button.After the jump, and following established convention, only the last round of any simple repeat section is played back. If you want playback to take these repeats in full:

Select the applicable jump symbol;In the "Jump" section of the Inspector, check "Play Repeats".

Note: Jumps are taken only after all simple repeats in the section are played through.

If you click on a jump, some text boxes and a checkbox are displayed in the Jump section of the Inspector. These have the following effects on playback:


Markers are the places referred to by the jumps. A list of markers (in addition to the implicit "start" and "end") follows:

Segno : Segno (tag: segno) Segno variation. : Segno Variation (tag: varsegno) Coda : Coda (tag: codab) Coda variation : Coda Variation (tag: varcoda)Fine: (tag: fine)To Coda: (tag: coda)If you click on a marker, the following properties appears in the Marker section of the Inspector:

Marker type: This can be changed from the dropdown list, if required.

Examples of jumps

Da Capo (D.C.): At the "D.C." sign, playback jumps to the start (i.e. to the implicit start tag) and plays the entire score or section again (i.e. up to the implicit end tag).Da Capo (D.C.) al Fine: At the "D.C. al Fine" sign, playback jumps to the start (i.e. to the implicit start tag) and plays the score up to the Fine (i.e. the fine tag).Dal Segno (D.S.) al Fine: At the "D.S. al Fine" sign, playback jumps to the Segno symbol (i.e. the segno tag) and then plays up to the Fine (i.e. the fine tag)Dal Segno (D.S.) al Coda: At the "D.S. al Coda" sign, playback jumps to the Segno symbol (i.e. the segno tag) and then plays up to the To Coda (i.e. the coda tag). Playback then continues at the Coda symbol (i.e. the codab tag).

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Note: The properties (i.e. the tag names) of jumps and markers can be set via the Inspector.