Found some strange notation in music today googled it and can't find any reference "3° DS Al Coda"

• Oct 16, 2018 - 07:32

I'm putting a song into muse score and I've come across some music notation which I've not seen before. As I only have a basic knowledge of music it's all a bit of a learning curve when seeing these. A lot of the time when there is something I haven't seen before I google it for the answer, but this one doesn't seem to be coming back with anything.

The song is Snooker Loopy by Chas and Dave, in a few weeks time our local autistic charity is doing a small show to celebrate it's 10th birthday and members have been asked to do some kind of talent for the show - I've decided to go with a bit of a cockney knees up with a few Chas and Dave songs as a number of years ago I had the pleasure of going to see Chas and Dave at The Cavern in Liverpool and I thought it would be nice to do it as a bit of a tribute to Chas.

Anyway I've got to a certain point in the music (it's the score that sell) and there is a bit in the top that says 3° DS Al Coda - I know what DS Al Coda means, but what does the 3° bit mean - I'm guessing it's something to do with repeating because at this stage there are 3 verses there, and also more importantly is it possible to get MuseScore to do this?

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Most probably it means to do the D.S al Code at verse 3. And no, you can't tell MuseScore to do that, but telling your musicians should work just fine ;-)

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

yes thanks for the fast reply - it was repeat only on verse 3 - my musician is a midi file coded by muse score... I think I've managed to make it work using a "3rd repeat" line (volta) although I haven't finished putting in the entire song yet so we'll see if it works when complete. Might not be quite the right way of doing it musically but if it gets the midi file to play it correct then I'm happy!

It's a bit hard without the full score context, but my understanding would be 'take the DS only after the 3rd time'

In reply to by jeetee

Thanks for that, after listening to the original, yeah I just realised at the very end of the score there was another bit that said 1°, 2° DS and that it only does DS Al Coda on the third time through when it's at the end of the song.

I think I've figured out how to make musescore do this - I've duplicated the bar and put a 3 line above it so it only goes in there on the third repetition - not to sure whether that is correct musical notation but as long as it plays it right I'll worry about the correctness of it another time. I can't get musicians to read it that way as I'm relying on the music playing automatically some of it through midi and then I'm going to play a few bits of it live with a small Akai 25 key keyboard using Synthesia software for guidance (as you can imagine it's a little small to be playing things like chords on - in the future I'm thinking of investing in a bigger midi keyboard and possibly going in for a musical grade in keyboard.

Italian ordinal numbers all end in "o" (if masculine, "a" if feminine), and an affixed 'o' (or 'a') is used to indicate an ordinal. So 1, 2, 3 is "uno, due, tre", but 1st, 2nd, 3rd is "primo, secondo, terzo", or 1°, 2°, 3° (but this is probably a degrees sign; it should be a superscript 'o').

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