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I'm playing Linus and Lucy and when it changes after the intro and the repeated chords to a different feel and rhythm, there is a C.M. above that measure where it changes. What does this mean?

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    Hi Jodie, would it be possible for you to upload an image of this notation? Also, what instrument are you playing this piece on?
    – user45266
    Jan 18, 2019 at 4:41
  • You must mean the "swing feel" section... probably a cup mute indication on a trumpet chart. Jan 18, 2019 at 6:40
  • "cup mute" looks good. could it ev. be: consider (take acount) measure? Jan 18, 2019 at 11:08
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    Possibly a poorly - printed "Cm" for C-minor ? Jan 18, 2019 at 13:42

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It means Common Meter. It's an old american marking that is quite unusual these days.

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    Common Meter would have no useful meaning in this context. Let's see a scan.
    – Laurence
    Nov 9, 2020 at 13:20
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You sure it's not "N.C." ? I see that in several online sheet music versions of this song. Dolmetsch Online says that means

chord symbols, there may be a bar (or several of them) that has no chord symbol. In this case, the performer continues playing the same chord as indicated in the previous bar (or measure). N.C., meaning 'no chord', is used where no specific chord is to be used at that point in the music, although when the melodic material has a strong harmonic element the marking N.C. is probably inappropriate [entry prompted by Tammy Ford]

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  • Hmm... That does occur in that section, but I think that N.C. would rarely be misidentified as C.M. +1 for the idea, though!
    – user45266
    Jan 18, 2019 at 17:43

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