Multiple Endings

In many songs containing multiple verses, the melody is not exactly the same for each verse. Some times the last measure of the first verse will be slightly different than the last measure of the second verse. Take for example the song ‘Dixie’, or as it is also known, "I wish I was in the land of cotton."

To shorten the music to one page, multiple Endings wereUsed on the verses.

At the end of the second system (measure 9) is the first Ending and at the beginning of the third system (measure 10) is the second Ending.

Without doubling up on the verses this composition would be two pages long instead of the one page seen here.

Now we will begin a step-by-step process of inserting the Ending(s) and making any other changes to improve the "look and play of the composition."

After creating the music using either the Input Palette or recording the MIDI data from a MIDI keyboard, we will add a repeat sign at the beginning of the piece, just after ‘Oh, I". Click on the Input Palette and choose the Repeats tab. ("Home" tab)

Now select the Left Repeat bar to place at the beginning of measure 2 so that when the first Ending is played the performer (and the software) will know where to begin to play to the second Ending.

Line the cursor up with the first beat of the second measure as seen here and click the mouse button to place the Left Repeat bar.

Voila! The Left Repeat bar appears to the right of the measure line at the beginning of measure 2.

Now it is time to enter the First Ending at the end of the first verse in measure 9. Once again, using the Input Palette and the Repeats tab select the Ending marker.

In measure 9 line up the cursor with the first beat and click the mouse button to enter the Ending marker appropriately.

Once again, the selected item (in this case the Ending marker) appears.

To compliment the Left Repeat bar added earlier we need to add a corresponding Right Repeat bar. From the Input Palette using the Repeats tab select the Right Repeat bar.

Now place the Right Repeat bar at the end of measure 9 by lining up the cursor with the last beat of that measure and clicking the mouse button.

The result will be measure 9 containing both the Ending marker and the Right Repeat bar.

Adding the second Ending entails selecting the Ending marker from the Input Palette’s Repeats tab.

Line up the cursor with the first beat of measure 10.

Click the mouse to place the second Ending marker appropriately. The Ending appears, but it still indicates the first Ending.

To change the Ending number, click on the Select button to enter Select Mode.
("Home" tab)

Double-click on the number 1 within the Ending marker to select it. (The Repeat Properties Window will open.)

In the Repeat Properties Palette change the Ending Value to 2.

When the number 2 appears in the Value window, click Apply.

The Ending marker has now been changed to the number 2 and the software will play the Endings appropriately.

Have fun! And remember, if you have multiple Endings and the composition is not playing back the Endings appropriately, verify that there is a Right Repeat bar on the last beat of each Ending. This notifies the program to go back and begin at the Left Repeat bar or other Repeat indicator