Look at this: excerpt with repeat barline and a note at the end marked

I want to skip the note indicated with a red arrow on second repeat. I know about this solution: excerpt with repeat barline and volta bracket

But I think it looks way to messy, considering it is only just one single note.

The main problem is that using voltas affects the staffs for other instruments too. So I want a solution that only affects the current staff.

How would you notate it?

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    I would replace the full rest under the seconda volta bracket by two halves: this aligns better with the bracket one and fits the rhythmic structure of 3/2.
    – guidot
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 7:34
  • @guidot I like the creativity of this, but that would only confuse the people who will be reading it. :)
    – klutt
    Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 14:25
  • Related: Small changes between 1st and 2nd endings Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 3:58

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Your lower solution isn’t messy at all, and is precisely the kind of thing 1st and 2nd time bars are used for. However, if you really don’t want to use them, simply bracket the notehead of the note you only want played the first time, and write in text above it “1st time only”.

  • I think the lower one looks very messy. I often use that construct for longer phrases, but for just one note I really want another solution.
    – klutt
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 22:32
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    If there was a volta in one staff and no voltas in the others--or vice versa--I'd get confused and think your sheet music is messy. Keep volta use consistent between all staves.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 23:59
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    @Klutt that doesn’t matter. Performers are used to reading 1st and 2nd time bars that have no different notes in their own part. They will realise that this is because of changes in another part. This is very common in songs where the vocal part changes but instrumental parts are unchanged. Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 7:03
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    @guidot So, fine: Instead of "First Time Only", write "Prima Volta". For that matter, you could put a rest under the note and label it "Secunda Volta" Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 11:27
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    @klutt to add to what Bob B. commented: putting 1st and 2nd endings in all desks has the advantage of simplifying alterations or arrangements in the future. You might want to add the pickup note for some other players, e.g. Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 11:30

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