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.”
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.”
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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