I realize a form of this question has been addressed in the past, but ... I am very new to music theory and need a clarification. I was shocked to discover today that in music notation, there is no Articulation mark to tell the player to play one or a few notes more softly than the rest of the score ... nothing to serve as a opposite to the > sign. Soft isolated notes are played in music all the time, and I cannot believe there is no such mark invented by the folks who invented music notation. However, I have read posts about it on this and other forums, and encountered one knowledgeable person stating that if I want someone to play even one note softer than usual, I can simply use a dynamics mark above it, then use another dynamics mark on the next note(s). His suggestion would look like this (in measure 35, corrected in measure 37):
Is this acceptable? If not, what can possibly be used to tell the player to soften the note in measure 35?