D.S. al Coda vs. Coda Mark

• Nov 4, 2021 - 20:46

End of measure 61 should be D.S. al Coda. Beginning of measure 62 should be Coda.

The two marks look funny right next to each other, even if I drag them around, so I entered a system break.

Now D.S. al Coda points at the start of measure 61. It should point at the end of measure 61 or the beginning of measure 62.

If I erase D.S. al Coda and put it back on the beginning of measure 62, D.S. al Coda mark and the Coda mark are piled up on top of each other again.

I get it that D.S. al Coda addresses the end of a measure, whereas Coda addresses the start of a measure. That seems to be the source of the problem.

I'm sure there is an easy answer, but I don't know what it is.

I ended up looking at the inspector, turning off "Automatic placement," then dragging the "D.S. al Coda" mark to where it needs to be in the score. Is that the correct approach?

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D.S al Coda does right align to the measure by default, your measure is just to small to notice that.

Instead of a system break, one often finds a horizontal frame separating the main score from the coda as well.

Indeed, never mess with position of markings an empty score - there is almost no chance the adjustments you make will make sense once the notes are in place.

As also mentioned, the default should already be correct. Normally you wouldn't ever have the coda immediately after the DS. There would always be either a system break between , or at least some horizontal space (hence, a horizontal frame).

And in the cases where after making sure you have all your notes in place and also either frame or break, you do still want to fine tune position a little, it is almost never a good idea to disable autolace, just leave it alone and do the adjustment. Otherwise your adjustment will likely cause other problems.

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