A problem I repeatedly run into when notating (either composing or arranging) popular/contemporary (i.e. not classical) music is notating the song structure using an efficient combination of repeats and jumps.
The most that I can manage to notate is an
AABA structure, with a normal repeat for the second
A section, the
B section following straight after (possibly with a 1st and 2nd volta if the ending of the second
A section is different to the first), a repeat at the end of the
B section going back to the beginning of the
A section, and either a 3rd volta or a jump to coda for the ending of the last
But give me a verse-chorus structure (e.g.
ABABAB) and I wouldn't have any idea how to notate this. What about songs where the
B section is repeated multiple times (e.g.
AABABABB)? Where there are more than two sections, such as an instrumental bridge (e.g.
AABABCB)? Or any of the other infinite possibilities for song structure?
Is there a standard way to notate such arbitrary structures? How can I notate this without having to resort to either a) an unwieldy muddle of repeat signs, voltas, and jumps, b) non-standard "repeat this bit twice then play one last repetition of the verse" or "go to bridge after second chorus" text written above the staff, or c) writing the whole thing out in full using no repeats?