I have a song like this, for example:

bar 1 = a
bar 2 = b
bar 3 = chorus
bar 4 = d
bar 5 = e
bar 6 = chorus
bar 7 = g
bar 8 = h
bar 9 = chorus

Do I need rewrite "chorus" everytime? Or can I use some repetition effect like:

bar 1 = a
bar 2 = b
bar 3 = chorus **
bar 4 = d
bar 5 = e **
bar 6 = g
bar 7 = h **


Wich one is musically correct?

I tried "Dal Segno Al Coda"-> "Segno" (chorus)-> "to coda" -> "Coda"

Works perfectly for the first repetition... but I can't use it for the second (I'm using Guitar pro 5, but it doesn't matter...)

  • I think I understand what you want to ask, but it's not well written. You should probably rewrite your question and I'm sure you'll get a good answer. I see this is your first question, welcome to the community ;) – muffin Jul 10 '15 at 6:59
  • Since it's a computer program, can't you just copy / paste the material? – jjmusicnotes Jul 10 '15 at 7:41
  • @muffin my english is very poor :) I will try to rewrite – Maroca Loca Jul 10 '15 at 16:03
  • @jjmusicnotes yes, I can..but my goal is to register the music, so I don't know if it is okay to copy and paste, or is there a better way (correct way) – Maroca Loca Jul 10 '15 at 16:06

By what you explain, it sounds like you want to repeat a section 3 times.

You don't need to use a Coda and Segno because a closing repet can be used more than twice as seen in the Guitar Pro manual:

Repeat close

This symbol replaces a closing bar-line, and sends you back to the last Repeat open sign. A dialog window will open up for you to indicate the number of repeats you want.


Write "3 verses" or "Play 3 times" over the repeared section. At the To Coda sign write "To Coda after 3rd verse". That's understandable for a live player.

If you want playback from your computer program you may have to be more ingenious. How far is the To Coda jump from the End Repeat barline? Is a 1,2 ending bracket and a 3 ending one feasible?

If ONLY playback matters, just write the whole thing out!


If you really need the playback to be like you ask, you could use repetition and alternate endings. Those buttons

It will work "playback-wise" but I doubt this is a proper use of that in music notation.

But I think this does what you want :

GP repetition demo

  • Thank you for your solution! I could not to use it though, because there are some others repetitions between chorus and verses (the song has actually 50 bars). Playback is not important. I have decided to rewrite! But it was interesting.. thank you! – Maroca Loca Jul 11 '15 at 14:04
  • If the structure can be clearly notated using repeats and 1x, 2x etc ending brackets, don't be afraid to use them. And "to coda 3rd x" is perfectly acceptable. If in danger of getting unclear and complicated, write it all out. – Laurence Payne Jul 12 '15 at 20:18

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