Non-standard verse within a standard form

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windrag
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Joined: 11 Jun 2020, 22:11

Non-standard verse within a standard form

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I'm trying to find the most efficient way to notate a lead sheet with a non-standard form. Essentially, each verse is made up of 3 couplets, except for the 2nd verse, which is made up of 4 couplets. So the form would look like this:

Verse 1
Chorus
Verse 2 with extra couplet
Chorus
Verse 3
Chorus
Verse 4
Chorus
Chorus with tag

My thinking is that the standard way to notate this would be:

Verse 1
Chorus
Repeat sign with "2nd time only" indication
Verse 2 with extra couplet
Chorus
D.C., take repeat to D.C. al Coda
Coda to last chorus with tag

This makes for a longer score than I would like. Does anyone know of another way to work around that odd chorus and still keep within a verse/chorus form (without notating the whole extra verse/chorus on separate systems)?

Thanks in advance!

benwiggy
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Re: Non-standard verse within a standard form

Post by benwiggy »

Verse 1, 3 and 4. (Assuming lyrics will fit the same music.)
Chorus
Verse 2 with extra bit :||
Final Chorus with tag, or just tag.

windrag
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Re: Non-standard verse within a standard form

Post by windrag »

benwiggy wrote:
19 Jun 2020, 16:04
Verse 1, 3 and 4. (Assuming lyrics will fit the same music.)
Chorus
Verse 2 with extra bit :||
Final Chorus with tag, or just tag.
Yes, that was my thought. I was hoping for a way to condense it more. Thanks

benwiggy
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Re: Non-standard verse within a standard form

Post by benwiggy »

Sometimes, a piece of music takes as many pages as it needs.

I have a maximum of 80 pages that I can run through my stapler, and I'll spend ages trying to make the music get under that count. Sometimes, like a holiday suitcase, it just... won't.... fit....! Then I have to bind it wire-o, and I can afford to use a few more pages and make it look a lot less cramped.

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