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## Re: Repeat with alternatives

 From: Stan Korzilius Subject: Re: Repeat with alternatives Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:28:32 +0200

Dear all,

Thank you all for your help! I think the best solution to my problem, as someone of you suggested, to start the alternative at the beginnings of bars and not somewhere in the middle. The only 'problem' then is that the 2nd volta bracket is not closed. It does make it easier to read.

B.t.w., the reason that the automatic volta repeats does not work for me (I don't think this was clear to everybody) is that the repeat should not start after the alternative. In my real sheet I have sets of 8 bars that are repeated, with only the 3rd of 4th bar different.

Again, thank you all and maybe until next time ;)

Kind regards,

Stan

2015-10-01 20:16 GMT+02:00 Brian Barker :
At 15:22 30/09/2015 +0200, you wrote:
I'm trying to write a piece that has repeats with alternatives. It seems that "\repeat volta 2" is the way to go with supplying the alternatives in "\alternative". However, this seems to work only for alternative _endings_, while I have alternative _middle parts_.

I think first- and second-time bars do indeed work only for endings - but a piece can continue after these alternative endings, which has the effect you require. There is no requirement for such endings to be at the end of the piece.

But they are indeed called first-time *bars* (= measures), and I think your problem is in trying to apply the technique to parts of bars. Surely you should start the alternative at the beginning of bar 2, so that the first two crotchets (quarter notes) appear in both alternatives. There is no reason to wait until the first note that is different and start the alternative mid-bar. Wouldn't that solve your problem?

If I understand your intentions correctly, I'd even suggest that the final semibreve (whole note) could be included in both alternatives, so that they did indeed last to the end of the piece: wouldn't that be easier for performers to read? (I do appreciate, though, that your example may be artificial.)

Brian Barker - privately