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I am trying to learn Kiss The Rain by Yiruma, and I am learning from a score published on musescore. Source: https://musescore.com/user/27057308/scores/4838600

I was confused by the L-shaped line attached to some notes, but couldn't find the symbol on wikipedia's list of musical symbols https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_symbols.

Any help appreciated!


This is a bracket indicating with which hand to play a note.

The means that you should play that note with your right hand.

The means, play that note with your left hand.

Kiss the Rain m. 37

  • Thank you! But what is the point of including the right hand indication when it should be self evident since it is on the top staff? And couldn't the left hand note be written on the bottom staff?
    – kekulayyy
    Aug 1 '20 at 14:42
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    @kekulayyy, well, the ┌ is there exactly to warn you that you should play it with your left hand, so no, it should not be written in the bottom staff. And the previous indication is there to warn you that the little phrase C-G that needs to feel as one phrase needs to be divided between the hands. (I also think that you put too much stress on the staff in which the notes are written. You can just play any note with any hand you see fit. Sometimes it's good to play even very low notes with your right hand or vice versa.)
    – Ramillies
    Aug 1 '20 at 14:51
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    So the L means Right and the R means left! haha Aug 1 '20 at 15:26
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    @kekulayyy You'll note that the bracket for the right hand groups the note(s) visually with the upper staff, and that for the left with the lower. Aug 1 '20 at 17:53
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    I think it's these symbols are confusing!
    – Thomas
    Aug 1 '20 at 21:36

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