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Marking Repeats

Marking Repeats

MARKING REPEATS IN THE RINGERS' MUSIC

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
because it 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)
                                
                            17-America the Beautiful

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)

Use YELLOW to mark the:

      1. Repeat sign and its partner or
      2. D.C al Fine and the beginning or
      3. D.S.al Fine and the sign

Use PINK to mark the:

      1. Fine (stopping place)
      2. Jump to measure 33 (Coda) and measure 33 (Coda)
        1.  2-Sunrise
           5-Make a Joyful Noise
           7-Green Meadow, Warm Sun
           8-Fair Are the Meadows
          10-Oriental Breeze

          15-Bells Espanol

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:

      1. 2nd time jump to measure 17 and the number on measure 17 or
      2. D.S.al Coda and the sign or
      3. D.S.al Fine and the sign

Use PINK to mark the:

      1. Final repeat sign and its partner (the place to which the ringers go back) or
      2. Jump to measure 33 (Coda) and the number on measure 33 (Coda)

          6-The Beautiful Earth
        16-Fiesta