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Re: How to skip to chorus from stanza and return to next stanz?

From: John Helly
Subject: Re: How to skip to chorus from stanza and return to next stanz?
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:44:48 -0700
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Mahalo.  I'll have a go at your suggestions.

On 7/16/19 20:32, Aaron Hill wrote:
> On 2019-07-16 7:52 pm, John Helly wrote:
>> Aloha.
>> I have a guitar and vocal song with 6 stanzas and a chorus and outro
>> with lyrics.  I would like to jump to the chorus after the 2nd and 4th
>> stanzas and return to the 3rd and 5th, respectively, coming out of the
>> chorus.  Since I'm not formally trained in notation, I don' t know how
>> this should be approached (or if it's possible).  Here is the structure
>> of the song.  Any advice is most welcome.  I've tried inserting markup
>> text but haven't been successful although this would be my ad hoc
>> approach.
> Ad hoc is not a bad thing, to be honest, providing your notation is
> clear enough for performers to follow consistently.
> There are a few approaches I have seen for this pattern.
> 1) Join paired stanzas together as a sort of meta stanza.  If you have
> room on the page, simply have stanza one flow right into stanza two. 
> This does mean duplicating notes and chords, but it only needs a
> simple repeat and produces a very clean roadmap.  The added advantage
> here is that you can cut the number of lyrics lines in half.  (Six is
> pushing it my experience, and you will likely need to space the lyric
> lines or add in dividing lines to make it easier for the eye to know
> where to jump at the end of each line.)
> 2) Keep all lyrics stacked and use a repeat with two voltas.  The
> first volta will be a repeat back to the top of the stanzas for
> iterations "1.3.5.".  The second volta (for "2.4.6.") will lead into
> the chorus.  At the end of the chorus, use a D.C. or D.S. as
> appropriate, with or without an "al Coda" again as needed.
> 3) Notate the music as if the chorus follows each stanza and either
> add a text markup or rely on folks hand-writing in text that informs
> them of the roadmap.  This option is very handy if the roadmap could
> change between performances.  For instance, you might end up only
> singing stanzas 1, 2, 4, and 6, with the chorus after 2 and 6. 
> Sometimes, it is nice to have printed notation that is more general
> and flexible than to be cluttered with potentially extra specificity.
> -- Aaron Hill
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