I have seen this on sheet music before

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But cannot find any definion of what it means. If you can tell me that would be great.


Probably just an unusual abbreviation of sforzando, which is usually "sfz". It has effectively the same meaning as an accent.

  • "Sforzando" is Italian for "striving" or "straining" or "with force". – user1044 Nov 14 '15 at 6:07
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    It means much more than just accent. – Neil Meyer Nov 15 '15 at 6:03

As it is, it's not an actual abbreviation that's accepted. As the others have said, sfortzato or sfortzando are the probable connotations, both meaning a sudden sound,but subtly different, in amongst 'ordinary' playing. I would achieve this by lifting the strings, and letting them go, so they hit the fret/fingerboard. This gives a percussive sound in comparison to plucking in an ordinary way. That's sf or sfz on guitar.

The only sfr is a French telecom service.


It means sforzato which in English means "force" or "forced".

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