D.S. al Fine

Musical segno sign.
Image © Sidney Llyn

D.S. al Fine Meaning

D.S. al fine means to start back at the segno mark and continue playing until you reach the final barline, or a double-barline marked with the word fine. This command stands for dal segno al fine, and literally means "[play] from the sign to the end." (See the segno sign in the picture.)

 

Similar commands include:

  • D.S. al coda - To start back at the segno, play until you encounter a coda, then skip to the next coda to continue playing.
  • D.C. al fine - Start back at the beginning of the music, and continue until the word fine.

 

More on playing segno and coda repeats
Learn with an illustrated and in-depth lesson on the segno and coda repeat system.

 

Pronunciation: dal  SAY-nyoh  al  FEE-nay

More Italian Music Commands:

▪  : "from nothing"; to gradually bring notes out of complete silence, or a crescendo that rises slowly from nowhere.

▪  decrescendo: to gradually decrease the volume of the music. A decrescendo is seen in sheet music as a narrowing angle, and is often marked decresc.

▪  delicato: “delicately”; to play with a light touch and an airy feel.

▪  : very sweetly; to play in a particularly delicate manner. Dolcissimo is a superlative of "dolce."

 


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