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LESSON FOUR: ADVANCED STUDIES

Student NotesStep#1:
In this example, the performer plays through the entire song, including the use of any 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. "Endings" or "Repeats" until they see a message on the staff that looks like this (step1 below):

Step #2:
When you see the D.S. al Coda message, go back into the song and look for a symbol that looks like this (step 2 below):
It is usually located somewhere in the middle of a song or at the beginning of a song after the (Intro). This symbol is called the "Sign."

Step #3:
Continue playing the song from the "Sign" symbol on until you reach another message that looks like this (step 3 below):

Step #4:
Then look at the last page of the song for a symbol like this (step 4 below):

These will be the last measures to play to complete the song.


This method of "Endings" can be confusing, but it will become easier as you become accustomed to using them. It is better to use this method than having to turn many more pages while trying to play a song. I would rather read from 2 or 3 pages of music and not from 5 or 6 pages.

In Lesson Five we will use what we have learned here and how to apply it even more for performance purposes. Good job! You have done well today. See you in the Number 5 . . !

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