Musical notation in written or printed form.

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Did Bach intend his two volumes known as the “Well-Tempered Clavier” to be a single work?

We all know about Bach's Well Tempered Clavier which we refer to as "book 1" of the "48". However, I have never seen Bach himself refer to the two books as being one glorious set of 48 preludes and ...
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How do I go about playing Jazz Standards?

When looking at Jazz Standards as sheet music, do you play them as is or are you supposed to improvise off of them (or just add some flavor)? I've been looking at these sheets for Autumn Leaves (...
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What are parenthesis used for in notation?

I have seen parenthesis occasionally used in notation and would like to know what they mean. Here are some examples of them I have collected. Around a note: Around an Appoggiatura: Around a ...
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When do you play major or minor keys? [closed]

I'm confused about major and minor keys when reading sheet music. Major and minor keys are when you play multiple keys at once, but can you give me an example of when you'd do this while reading sheet ...
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A quarter note or an eighths? [duplicate]

Maybe a beginner question - but can't find any information on this and have no one to ask! On the image below - how is the first note meant to be played? How can it be both an eighths and a quarter?
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Why is the “longest note value still in common use” called a “breve”, when breve means “short”?

This Wikipedia page says that the double whole note, or breve, is the "longest note value still in common use". However, breve in Italian means 'short'. How did the longest commonly-used note value ...
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Writing sheet music on your smartphone

This is my first question so sorry if its a poor one for this style of forum. I regularly write and sight-read standard notation but there are plenty of times im caught without pen and paper or a ...
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writing in 3/4 time

When I am writing in 3/4 time and I have two notes filling a 3/4 time measure. What is more easier for the musician and correct to write a two dotted quarter notes or two quarter notes in a bracket ...
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How do you read piano key signatures [duplicate]

Im new to the piano and Im confused with reading key signatures, so please explain simply. If you look at the first measure of this song: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0130187, as ...
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How to read piano key signatures

I just started playing piano, but Im confused about reading key signatures. For example take a look at the first measure of this song: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0130187, does ...
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slur options in sheet music

In sheet music to put together consecutive notes the composer writes a slur. There is two kinds of slurs one whole line the other broken. My question is: When does a composer use a solid line slur, ...
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short hand in writing music

Writing for a violin section, I come up with having to write tuplets with the same pitch. Is it still normal to write the tuplet in short hand? Let's say I have a tuplet of three eights, can I write ...
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How best to handwrite scores?

I'm currently terrible at writing scores, my handwritten scores look ugly and are often unreadable. I'm wondering if there are any tips/tricks for producing handwritten scores which other musicians ...
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What does it mean when there are two 1s with a curve over a note?

I have never seen this kind of symbol before and google has failed me.
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learning the Kora

Are there any written methods for learning the Kora, a West African instrument which traditionally is taught only by example and whose repertoire is not notated?
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How do I count out 24 measures?

I'm auditioning for a play and the requirement is to prepare 24 measures of a song and perform it vocally. I'm going to be performing Tomorrow from the musical, Annie. How do I count out 24 measures?
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Why can I sometimes find a note, other times not?

I'm doing a bit of choral work in a tiny choir - one each of SATB typically so often there's nobody good to follow! I'm finding we might have a phrase which goes D3-A3-C4, E4-C4-A3. Up to the £ I can ...
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Piano - Hand position when playing “double octaves”

While looking online for some fun pieces to play I came upon this section of music from This will be the day [RWBY] (https://musescore.com/user/3321186/scores/1094386). In this music there is a common ...
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How to be sure vocals are transcribed into the right octave?

I was trying to figure out the exact score of some songs I'm trying to cover. In a very similar case to this question (How do I distinguish my voice singing a c3 from a c4?) I've lost confidence that ...
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Where can I find machine-readable music scores?

I'm making a program that creates music. How it does this is by taking a lot of different classical piano pieces to try to learn the general structure of a piece. I have made the program, but there is ...
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Determining which musical period a piece is from just by looking at the properties of the music [closed]

I was wondering whether it is possible to recognize from which musical period a piece is from just by looking at the properties in the sheet music. Obviously you can see from what period it is by ...
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“Minim Semi-Quaver” Semi Quaver with a space in the note [duplicate]

Hi today I have received audition music for a band for next year but I have a question about some of the notes in the music. They looks like semi-quavers (16th notes) but they have a space in the ...
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What does Opt. S.D. mean?

I was looking at the sheet music for the Star Spangled Banner arranged for the U.S. Marine Band, and I saw that each instrument has an Opt. S.D. in the beginning. What does it mean?
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Is it possible to get the actual sheet music for a particular song?

I just started learning the piano after 25 years. I'm trying to find sheet music for a particular song I want to play. The internet is full of arrangements done by other people; however, I am ...
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Fingering/notes in this version of Elite Syncopations

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but does anyone know the notes/fingering for the trill in this video for Scott Joplin's Elite Syncopations. I am referring to 0:44 in this video, right ...
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What does time signature exactly means [duplicate]

First I am a beginner, I do understand the concept of time signature and I can read music sheet easily, what confuses me is time signature significance, what is the difference when we write a piece of ...
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I have two versions of a song sheet and neither of them say the sharp should be used

I'm learning to play A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton, I'm slowly learning to read music (self taught) but I have two different sheets for the song and one has a flat on the E staff with the tail ...
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How do I spot original sheet music?

First off, I am a novice with piano; played until junior freshman years, then stopped. Now, twenty years later I'm picking it up again. I have always preferred to play popular or classic music as it ...
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Flamenco sketches ear training vs. sheet music

I'm trying to get Coltrane's solo on Flamenco Sketches from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and i think i'm missing out on what i read on the spread sheet. This is the relevant part (the beginning of the ...
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Score of codex faenza organ piece [closed]

How would one locate the score to the organ piece in Clemencic Consort's recording of Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame? It's a kyrie from the codex faenza, but I downloaded the complete score from the ...
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Classical guitar pieces rating / chart? [closed]

Is there any kind of a popularity chart for classical guitar pieces (incl. etudes) or specific sheet music transcriptions? Preferably with a difficulty rating and a link to listen to an example, ...
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How to play these trills on piano?

I'm having trouble playing the trills below, especially with the two sixteenth notes at the end. Basically, I'm wondering, if the trills notes were written in full, how would they look?
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What is the best way to learn a drum part of a song

So i have this song that i have to learn which is having some fast and complicated drum fills and i do not have the sheet for it. I am trying to play along but also the production is not one of the ...
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How is modern popular sheet music created? [closed]

Are people's ears so good they can hear all the instrumentation and rhythms without making many mistakes(< 0.1% of the notes) and simply write all this down or do the artists, recording companies, ...
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MIDI to Sheet Music? [closed]

I am a mere high school student in the drum line. I am writing a cadence for snare, bass drums, multi-tenor drums, and cymbals. Instead of spending money on Silebus or Finale, I decided to record MIDI ...
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What to do when you don't trust the sheet music (or guitar tab)?

I'm working on learning a piano tune from a book of sheet music. There are 1-2 bars that just seem wrong to me, to the point of distraction. Having lost trust in the correctness, I'm not motivated to ...
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How long do you hold a fermata?

I am new to piano and just downloaded this book, it seems simple enough for a beginner like me but there is a symbol that I don't really understand, a fermata. Googling I see I am supposed to hold ...
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What does the caret symbol ^, mean in guitar tablature?

I'm reading a piece of acoustic guitar music containing both tablature and standard music, and I've come across a symbol I'm unfamiliar with in the tab. ^ The tab shows: 0^24 but the ^ is on top of ...
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When to learn music reading?

Do I have to know some scales before learning to read music notation? And please recommend me a good book to learn read music on the guitar.
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How to indicate left hand for piano sheet music

The Chopin - Godowsky Revolutionary Etude No 12 is arranged for the left hand only, and we're only informed about this by a note under the title. Please see the excerpt below: I am currently ...
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Piano (sheet music) curves on top and numbers in circles

I am new to Piano and sheet music in general so I downloaded a "simple version" of Fur Elise to play as I already know how the tune goes in my head. Presently, I only play it with my right hand. A ...
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Best ways of storing sheet music

I was wondering if anyone had a really good and practical way of storing print sheet music. If there is any specific types of folders or cabinets that they use to store their sheet music. I would like ...
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How is sheet music conventionally conveyed among professional musicians?

At my university, we carry around sheet music in black folders in backpacks. I imagine this practice is not the same among professional musicians, such as those in an orchestra or a big band. How do ...
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Two silence notes and a note that isn't played? misunderstanding ties

I've been teaching myself Piano (it's just for fun, I can't take classes at the moment so don't start with that) and reading music. I'm practicing a piece from J.S. Bach called Prelude in C major here'...
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Over/under pitch note

I know there is a quarter tone notation, but is there a symbol for music score that will simply say over/under pitch? I think quarter tone notation might be too strict/rigid in music arrangement that ...
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Some numbers in notation, what does it mean and how do I replicate it in Guitar Pro?

I am trying to copy a page of (guitar) music notation to Guitar Pro, but I am a bit confused about what the numbers above ( "4" "3" "2" "3") and numbers in circles ("3" "2") mean... as well as how do ...
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What does this roman numeral (2) mean? [duplicate]

as you can see above, there is a II in two places, what does that mean? Thanks!
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How to practice dynamics in this piano song?

What's the best way to practice dynamics in the music sheet below? I can play this part with both hands but as soon as I try to add dynamics it falls apart - I either stop playing one hand, or one ...
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What does this note have a stem pointing up and another pointing down?

What does the first note below mean? Does it need to pressed down while playing the second notes? If not, why is there two stems, one pointing up, and one pointing down?
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Coda, segno; How to repeat chorus 3 times?

I have a song like this, for example: bar 1 = a bar 2 = b bar 3 = chorus bar 4 = d bar 5 = e bar 6 = chorus bar 7 = g bar 8 = h bar 9 = chorus Do I need rewrite "chorus" everytime? Or can I use ...