Musical notation in written or printed form.

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What is the best way to learn how to play this particular Billy Joel arrangement?

I came across this truly amazing piano performance of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time". I've played piano for the longest time, but I'm not skilled enough to be able to figure this out by ear, at ...
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In a 3/4 piece, how would I score a single 4/4 bar where each beat is a triplet?

In a song I'm working on, I have 3 3/4 bars followed by a 4/4 bar, and this repeats. However the 4/4 bar is actually comprised of 4 triplets... so we have something like: 1 and 2 and 3 And 1 and 2 ...
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How to write partitures for an orchesta

I know a single musician would read from a partiture in real time and that is no problem, the partiture has its silences and tempo. I am more a lyric musician but I like composing music because I ...
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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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Piano Sheet Music in Each Key

The book of simple music I've been using for piano sight reading practice has really helped me deeply memorize key signatures. However it seems most of the keys with flats in them were neglected. I'd ...
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How do you write a continuous arpeggio in sheet music?

How would you write an arpeggio that never stops the notes that are played . . . they just keep on ringing. E.g, in the example below, when the E is played in measure 1 beat 1, it continues ringing ...
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How to keep music books open?

You know, many sheet music books are quite springy and would rather close than stay open on the music stand while practising. How do you keep them open while allowing to turn the pages easily?
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How to improve this verse written in an uncommon 7/8 metre? [closed]

I wrote 4 lines of lyrics for a verse and when I was transcribing them into a melody on the music sheet I made 8 bars in 4/4 metre — each two bars represented a line. But when I tried to figure out ...
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Free software to create a score from scratch

What open source softwares are available for creating a music score? I have Logic X but I don't think it's geared well for that kind of thing.
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How do I play these notes from Ólafur Arnalds' Romance?

I'm studying this Ólafur Arnalds piece called Romance. I wonder how do I play the following notes. First, on this measure, the two F's are supposed to be the same. What should I do? Raise the ...
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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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I've played piano for three years and have never seen this symbol above a note, what is it?

Really freaked me out when I saw something this uncommon in a beginner song. It's piano solo music if you need that info.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there a computer program to transcribe songs to sheet music? [closed]

Is there a computer program that I can use where I upload a favourite song and it'll transcribe it to sheet music for me? I'd like to play Running up That Hill by Placebo but I don't want to buy the ...
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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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When to use a2 / unis / tutti in orchestral score?

So far from most of the sheet scores I've read, a2 is used mostly in wood and brass instrument staves, while unis. (and on rarer occasion, tutti) is in string instruments. It is even possible to see ...
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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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Accidental in Chopin Opus. 69 No. 2

This is an excerpt from Opus. 69 No. 2 by Chopin from the Henle Urtext: In the last bar seen in the excerpt, there is a sharp on the A in bass line. Since A is already "sharped" in the key ...
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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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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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Quickly flip a page of sheet music while playing

This seems like such a silly question, but! When playing the piano, I sometimes struggle to turn the pages of my music without noticeably sacrificing the sound of the piece or making the book / ...
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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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How do you draw a quarter rest with a pen/pencil?

It seems to me that the quarter rest we see everywhere was drawn with a calligraphy pen. I don't have one of those - I have a sharpened/mechanical pencil or a ball-point pen. So usually when I try to ...
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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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Software to convert between sheet music and tablature?

Is there any software available that can (semi)automatically convert between ASCII tablature (especially for guitar and drums) and sheet music? And the other way around? I realise that there's not ...
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File formats for sheet music

I'm starting to learn music. Complete newbie here. There is a plethora of formats for music sheets. I don't know which one to choose. My requirements are: I must use to exchange music with friends, ...
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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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How to write music theory symbols in evernote?

I want type my music theory class notes in evernote but i can't seem to figure out how to do this correctly. I have managed to put following symbols in evernote just by copy and pasting but some as ...
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Do accidentals in one staff apply to notes in other staffs?

For example, when reading piano music on a grand staff, I know that if there is an A# in the treble clef staff (where it's normally natural), it changes all of the A's in the rest of that measure to ...