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The lowest notes on these examples must be written on the right of the chord. Not on the left or vertically centered as shown above.


As mentioned in Bob Bradley's comment, it means Electric Guitar. To the left of a staff is where the staff's instrument is specified, and the instrument names are usually abbreviated.


(1) Exactly, "until instructed otherwise" - the instruction lasts until the end of the piece if there are no more dynamic markings. (2) There is no such thing as 'playing normally' - a piece should have a dynamic marking on the very first note. If it doesn't I would probably assume mezzo-forte but this is speculation only, there is no convention. Pieces ...

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