Fee-Nay #socs

A little bit about reading music, because the first thing I thought of when I saw that today’s word was “fine” was fine (pronounced “fee-nay,” thus the title of this post), the Italian word for “end.”

When reading music, you might see D.C. al Fine written above the staff. It’s an abbreviated form of dal capo al fine, meaning “start at the beginning and play until you see the word Fine written on the staff, then stop.” You might also see D. S. al Fine (Dal Segno al Fine), meaning “go back to where you see the sign on the staff and play until you see the word Fine on the staff, then stop.”

The segno. (Source: Wikipedia)

You’ll also see D. C. al Coda and D. S. al Coda, which mean “From the beginning (From the sign) until you see the Coda symbol, which will direct you to a passage to play at the end and stop.”

The coda symbol (source: Wikipedia)

Coda is the Italian word for “tail.” We talked about tails a couple of weeks ago, so I won’t go any further on that.

And that’s all I’m going to say. Fine.

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19 thoughts on “Fee-Nay #socs

    1. They still keep track of when the game starts, when it ends, and the length of any rain delays. Of course, it’s usually the official scorer that does that. I think they’ll also be tracking the length of time between pitches, how long trips to the mound take, etc. so they can attempt to “shorten” the game. For a game that isn’t timed, they sure do a lot of timing.

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  1. Now I remember why I struggled in my college music class. But the coda sign is pretty. And I will remember Fee Nay when I see fine on a piece of music. Mostly I leave it up to our church music director to interpret this stuff. I just try to notice where the notes go up and down and if they are long or short notes. 🙂 Good job, John!


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