Hobbies Playing Music Dal Segno in Sheet Music Share PINTEREST Email Print Meth Mehr/Getty Images Playing Music Playing Piano Tutorials Piano Chords Buying Advice Music Education Playing Guitar Home Recording By Brandy Kraemer Updated November 04, 2019 Imagine driving in a car and seeing a detour or dead end sign, that sign would redirect the driver to take another route. Similarly, when a musician sees a dal segno in sheet music, that is a navigation sign telling the musician to skip to another part of the music. Definition The musical term dal segno, which is Italian for “from the sign," refers to a symbol or navigation marker that instructs a musician to repeat a passage starting from the sign. In word form, it is most often abbreviated D.S. in musical notation or just called a segno in English. It does not make sense to refer to a segno as a "segno sign," since that redundantly translates to mean "sign sign." Musical Notation Marks There are a number of musical notation marks when reading sheet music. Some may be directional marks like dal segno, others may be instructional to the musician to adjust volume or the speed of the music. Other marks can tell a musician how to play a single note, such as with an accent or to hold it out. Below is a chart of navigational or directional markers involving dal segno. Marker Translation Direction D.S. or dal segno From the sign Start playing from the segno D.S. al fine From the sign to the end Play from the segno to the end of the music D.S. al coda From the sign to the coda Play from the segno to the coda mark D.S. Al Fine D.S. al fine is a common navigational marker that instructs a musician to go back to the sign and end the piece at al fine, which is Italian for the word, "the end." The end can be marked by a final barline, a double-barline or is marked with the word fine. D.S. Al Coda Another common navigational marker is D.S. al coda, which instructs a musician reading sheet music to go back to the sign, and when a coda sign appears, skip to the next coda. A coda is an oval-shaped musical symbol with oversized crosshairs. Coda is Italian for the word "tail." Similarly, a coda is a passage that brings a piece or musical movement to an end. Technically, it is an expanded musical cadence. This navigation may add a few measures, or it may be as complex as to add an entire musical section. The Most Common Italian Piano Terms How to Play at "DS al Fine" Playing D.S. al Coda Musical Symbols of Piano Notation Reading Coda Signs & Segnos What To Do When You See "al Fine" How to Play DC al Coda The Italian Commands of Piano Music Playing Repeat Barlines Learn About Musical Symbols in Piano Music French Musical Term: Clef de Fa Marcato - Italian Musical Symbols - Marcato Accent Italian Musical Term: Chiave di Fa 15ma - Meaning of Quindicesima Italian Musical Term: Chiave di Basso What Are the Basic Elements of Music?