Using voltas without repeat bar?

• Feb 7, 2016 - 18:28

My knowledge of notation is rusty and incomplete. Is it bad practice to use voltas with D.S. but no repeat bar?

Sections of my tune run A—B (short ending)—C—B (long ending). I thought to do this with D.S. al Fine and a pair of voltas on section B as shown in Voltair.mscz, but I'm not sure if this is accepted notation. (My first hint: MuseScore doesn't play it back quite the way I want; both voltas play the first time through.)

I know I can do it with D.S. al Coda (as in Codair.mscz, which plays back correctly), but I've yet to add lyrics and I'm hoping to avoid a long visual jump for a little three-bar coda.

Is my notation in Voltair.mscz correct and acceptable? If so, any idea how to get MuseScore to play only volta 1 on the first repeat?

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DS will not recognize voltas. If you wish to use different voltas, signify the repeat(s) by using repeat barlines in the barlines menu and then the voltas will conform to accepted practice.

The only universally accepted use of a votla is for repeat endings. people sometimes try to co-opt them to mean something else, and occasionally the other people reading the score will correctly guess what is meant. but much of the time, other musicians will simply be confused and not know what to do, and the same is true of MsueScore. You should liit your use of votlas to the situations they were designed for - repeat endings.

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