To Coda sign off by one measure

• Sep 28, 2022 - 20:35

At first when I used the D.S. al coda and the To Coda and coda sign it behaved strangely. The measure after the sign would play twice and then continue without the jump. I finally got it to work by fiddling with the Jump To/Play until stuff but I did have to place the sign one measure before the actual jump departure point. I then dragged it to the correct barline just so it would be right visually. It works correctly but the sign is not at the barline at which I had to create it in order for it to work right.

What might I be doing wrong?

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Don't drag symbols to move them to new notes or measures - cut and paste them. Dragging just fine tunes the physical position but leaves the actual behavior alone, usually (some symbols do reattach to new notes, which you can see by the dotted lines while dragging).

In any case, I don't see any DS, DC, coda, or repeat of any kind whatsoever here. I see a couple volta set to only play on the 99th time, though. Realistically, this score is a pretty hopeless mess, I'm afraid. In addition to the repeats, the pedal marks are all wrong, and almost none of the measures have the correct number of beats. I assume this came from PDF import. Unless you are a real expert at doing the arcane sorts of edits necessary to fix the numerous errors that AI programs attempting to convert pictures into music will commit, it's almost always easier by far to enter the music normally. Beginners can enter music into MuseScore very quickly knowing just a small handful of commands you can learn in an hour. Fixing all the errors from PDF import requires really expert-level mastery in comparison that takes months or more to gain.

There is no jump in the attached score?
A whole bunch of other things to cleanup though after that pdf import, such as measure with the wrong length and the 99 voltas skipping over stuff.

In reply to by jeetee

Hopefully this is the correct file.

I did the drag intentionally to keep the jump in the correct spot but to put the symbol where I would expect to see it, i.e. where the jump is really happening, the correct spot. That's what I was reporting is that I had to put the symbol a measure before the desired jump spot to get it to behave properly and then drag the symbol to make it look correct.

I'm sure that bug about the D.S. location is my problem. I will do your suggested fix.


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In reply to by symon

Not quite sure what you meant about the To Coda being at the wrong measure?
This is what your file shows when opened here:
And this is after resetting it to its default position:
Which is at exactly the same measure?

In reply to by jeetee

There is a coda symbol just to the right of that To Coda text. I had to create the coda symbol one measure early to get it to jump from the end of the measure where you see the To Coda text. I then dragged the coda symbol over to that barline so that it would be displayed at the proper barline, i.e. the last barline before the jump.

In reply to by symon

That coda symbol shouldn't be there - the coda symbol on the Repeats palette is for marking the coda itself, not the jump point. If you wish to add that symbol to the "To Coda" text (not at all required in standard music notation - the words are considered sufficient), do that by editing the text and adding the coda symbol from the "Special Characters" palette (press F2 while editing the "To Coda" text to display it) directly within the text.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I was just working from the original score trying to duplicate it in MuseScore. It's working fine but just for fun I think I will experiment some more using your suggestion and also playing more with the functional symbol. Perhaps its odd behavior is because it was not designed in MuseScore to be used that way.

Thanks again.

In reply to by symon

Any attempts to use the coda symbol from the repeats palette will just likely just cause playback problems. That's just not what it's for - it's for the coda itself, not the jump. If you wish to include the symbol as part of the "To coda" instrument, then absolutely, the supported way to do that without fear of messing anything up is to add it to the "To coda" text itself. Anything else is likely to break something else and might work different in different versions of MuseScore. No reason to mess with that that when the text method works and is supported.

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