Repeats can be a recipe for disaster. Nonetheless, repeats are necessary in Travelin' Music to avoid page turns within a single composition. Using a color-coding system worked well for our choir
helped all ringers clearly
understand the repeats and the order in which multiple repeats should be executed.
That plan is worth consideration. Just follow the directions below.
The director should personally mark all the repeats in each book before giving any music
to the ringers; this extra effort insures that all the parts are marked correctly and consistently.
Use 3 distinct colors. Pastel highlighters show up well without obscuring the actual repeat mark
or text; these colors should not bleed through the music that is printed on 70 lb. paper.
Mark the repeat and its partner (the place to which the ringers go back or jump forward).
Looking for and jumping to matching colors helped us prevent disasters.
The color sequence is: 1. PINK is the only color in a piece with just one repeat
2. YELLOW —> PINK is the sequence for 2 actions related to repeats in the same piece
3. GREEN —> YELLOW—> PINK is the sequence for 3 repeat actions in the same piece
Though technically unnecessary, forward repeat signs in measure 1 alert the ringers to look
for a partner repeat later in the piece. Jumps to a Coda or similar jumps forward are defined with
measure numbers; a heavy bar line also marks the end of the measure where the jump occurs.
The titles shown after each explanation are links to an example of that type of repeat.
1. PINK is the only color in a piece with just one repeat
Mark the repeat sign and its partner (the place to which the ringers go back)
2. YELLOW —> PINK is the sequence for 2 repeat-related actions in the same piece
YELLOW—the 1st action (a repeat sign; a jump backwards such as a D.C.al Fine or D.S. al Coda)
Yellow means look for another repeat-related action after the yellow one
PINK—the final action (the Fine; a jump forward to the Coda section; another repeated section)
3. GREEN —> YELLOW—> PINK is the sequence for 3 repeat-related actions in one piece GREEN—the 1st repeated section, used only when there are 3 different repeat actions in the same piece
YELLOW—the 2nd repeat (jump backwards such as a D.C. or D.S; jump forward to a specific measure)
PINK—the final action (the Fine; a jump forward to the Coda section; another repeated section
Use GREEN to mark the repeat and its partner (the place to which the ringers go back) Use YELLOW to mark the text directions:
2nd time jump to measure 17andthe number on measure 17or
D.S.al Codaandthe signor
D.S.al Fineand the sign
Use PINK to mark the:
Final repeat signandits partner (the place to which the ringers go back) or
Jump to measure 33 (Coda)andthe number on measure 33 (Coda)