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It is common to use notes that are not in the scale to add color. It's called chromaticism, from the ancient Greek word for color. Think how composers use a G# instead of a G in A minor, for example as a part of an E chord. A semitone creates more tension and the tendency of G# to resolve to (go to) A is more powerful. This is called a chromatic approach ...


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Yes, Ludwig started the Blues. Only kidding, but that note may be considered as part of a secondary dominant. The dominant of A minor is E, maj. or min. The dominant of that is B, with a D#. That's one way to look at it. Another is to say one is not just restricted to writing the notes that are only found in the original key. That's actually quite ...


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I'm afraid I have to take slight issue with @Bradd's otherwise solid answer. Actually, it's not a direct disagreement but a clarification: Professional guitar players usually can read sheet music, and most can also interpret sheet music by extrapolating parts of it as you describe. In a context of a pit orchestra (as in a musical show), studio recordings, or ...


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Usually, the 0 on non-open string note indicates that this note should be played using flageolet. In your example, there are three occurences of flageolet: the d'' in the first bar and the a'' and the last d'' in the second. This is quite natural if you play this in the third position: with flageolet, you don't have to switch to the a string (or e string, ...


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Yes, this will be a harmonic. Probably the octave harmonic at the half way point of the D string. This does suggest, though, that the preceding notes are played on the D string, higher up the neck.


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The D# could have been a D as well, but a half-step difference creates stronger tension, which is exactly what the composer was (presumably) going for. The same thing often appears in chord schemes, as explained in Tim's answer to a question that I asked a while ago. As to your second question: indeed, E and D# are easier to tell apart (and easier to note ...


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The sheet music you describe sounds like songbook music arranged for solo piano or piano and voice. Depending on the range of the piece, it may have one clef or a grand staff, often with chords written above and lyrics below. The chord symbols describe the harmony of the piece, which helps practiced musicians understand the structure and progression of the ...


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Guitarists do not generally play from sheet music in that way, with multiple musicians reading different notes from the same staff – in fact, I'm not aware of any instrumentalists who do that. Separate instruments normally have separate sheet music. It sounds like you have some sheet music from a songbook, with a grand staff arrangement for piano instead of ...


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Here's an example of what you want -- a set of foot pedals designed precisely for this purpose. It works via Bluetooth, wirelessly. AirTurn I know several gigging jazz musicians who have their fake books and charts as PDF files on iPads, and use the AirTurn to flip pages with a tap of the foot while they are playing their instruments. There are numerous ...


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As Carl Witthoft said, you can find some USB foot-pedals, I've never tried them, but it exists. But usually, what I do is putting all my sheets as images, not PDFs, and putting them on a PowerPoint presentation. Then, you just have to define how much time it takes to play one sheet and launch the presentation. Positive point : Free and automatic. Negative ...


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The small circle indicates a natural harmonic. The D should be played on the D-string by lightly touching the string halfway up with your left hand and bowing as normal. Same thing for the A except on the A-string. The sound is purer than that created when you press your finger all the way down, but the pitch is the same. Obviously, vibrato is impossible.


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If one wants to use staff association as a strong hand indication while retaining rhythmically helpful grouping, one can use notation like the following:



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