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Counting Measures or Bars
in Fiddle Tab Charts

Ida Red: with Repeat Signs and without

Below is a copy of the tab chart for Ida Red just as it appears in 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab.

Tab chart of Ida Red with repeat signs

You can see there are four bars with a repeat sign for the A part, and four bars with a repeat sign for the B part.
The next example shows what the tune looks like in tab without the repeat signs.

Tab chart of Ida Red with no  repeat signs

When you get to bar sixteen, you're playing the last bar. Then, you can repeat the whole tune again. If you play the bar
that says last time instead of bar sixteen, you can end the tune in a musical way.

You will find that most major parts of fiddle tunes are 4, 8 or 16 bars.

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