In a simple piano book I'm using, one of the songs that has a first and second ending, has the notation in the bar for the first ending ("1."): "2nd time R.H. 8va".

How can there be a second time playing a first ending??

I scanned the sheet but can't figure out how to post the scan.

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    Is it possible to provide a photo? – Shevliaskovic Dec 24 '13 at 15:29
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    Could it be referring to the second time playing through the whole repeated strain? – American Luke Dec 24 '13 at 15:31
  • Thanks, that's a good thought, but two issues: first, several times throughout the strain there are R.H. 8va notations covering groups of bars. Second, if your interpretation was intended, why not just say at the beginning of the strain "2nd time R.H. 8va"? But what you say makes sense and I can't come up with any alternative interpretation. – Rodger Lodger Dec 24 '13 at 15:39
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    OK, I get your point -- it doesn't say at the beginning "2nd time R.H. 8va" because the first time they want only certain bars played R.H. 8va. I'm becoming more and more convinced you nailed it, thanks. – Rodger Lodger Dec 24 '13 at 15:46
  • Perhaps you're supposed to play the section three times and take the first ending up an octave the second time? – Kevin Dec 24 '13 at 16:18

Is there a pickup phrase at the end of the first ending? If so, then I would expect that the "2nd time R.H. 8va" notation is placed in the 1st ending to remind you to start playing an octave up at that pickup. Otherwise it would sound odd to play the pickup in the written octave and then suddenly jump an octave up on the downbeat.

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