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Double bar lines are found at the end of a section of music or at the very end of a song.
NOTE: The correct terminology for this in music theory is simply “double bar.” However, the rest of the world calls them “double bar lines.”
I think this is because it more accurately describes what you are looking at making it easier to remember.
End of Section
A double bar line telling us it is the end of a section or movement will have 2 thin lines like this:
End of Song
If it is the end of the entire piece, then the second line will be a little thicker like this:
Even though both examples above are called double bar lines, they serve 2 completely different purposes.
Final Double Bar Line
In order to keep them straight, I like to call the last example a final double bar line.
Using this term for this specific type of double bar line seems a little clearer to me. It’s saying this is the true ending and the music will be brought to some kind of closure or finality.
Now that we’ve got that straightened out, it’s time to move on to the time signature.
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