Notation With Variations
I was going to put all this in the "Notation Best Practices" thread, but I didn’t relay want to distract away from the OP, although this is somewhat related.
As for alternate endings for 1st and 2nd time round, I see that it’s quite easy to do.
Some of my own comps have a similar structure to jigs and reels, in the general form, common keys, tempo and time sigs, A/B/C parts etc, but that’s where the similarity ends.
I put a lot of significant variation in some of my tunes, and the 1st and 2nd rounds are significantly different, so I write them out in that way, rather than just once with the repeat symbol at the end.
It’s longer, uses more paper when printed, but (imo) makes for easier flow and reading, and it also takes care the pickup notes at the beginning, and at the start of the 2nd round.
Do you think there’s any benefit in writing out reels, jigs etc in this manner, if you put a significant amount of variation in when you actually play them?
I write the tunes using Harmony Assistant, using standard notation, but it’s easy to copy and paste bars, and it’s just as easy as copy / pasting if using abc notation.