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Barlines


Barlines are vertical lines written through the staff which indicate the separation of bars, the end of a section, end of a work, or the beginning and ending of a repeated section.


Normal Barline

A normal barline indicates the beginning and ending of a bar.

Figure 1: A normal barline.


Double Barline

A double barline indicates the end of a section.

Figure 2: A double barline.

They are also written before a key signature change.


Final Barline

A final barline indicates the end of a song or movement. They look like a double barlines, but with a thicker right line.

Figure 3: A final barline.


Start Repeat Barline

A start repeat barline indicates the beginning of a repeated section. The sections length is determined by the location of the next end repeat barline.

Figure 4: A start repeat barline.

Repeat barlines may be winged, which is common in handwritten and jazz music.


End Repeat Barline

An end repeat barline indicates the end of a repeated section. The sections length is determined by the previous start repeat barline.

Figure 5: An end repeat barline.

Repeat barlines may be winged, which is common in handwritten and jazz music.


Also see Bar | Brace.


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