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The technique which affects the transition or continuity on a single note or between multiple notes.

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Interpreting staccato and legato marking in Schubert's D780 no 4

At the start of this piece the word staccato is written beneath the lower stave and the word legato is written in between the staves. When are you suppose to stop playing the lower-stave notes with ...
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how to play sf/sfp? [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused what sf and sfp mean. do they mean to suddenly play forte/loud, or to simply play an accent, or both? and are all the following notes after sf supposed to be played forte? for ...
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Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing?

Why do people think rapping is new and different from singing? Are Staccato (short) and Tenuto (held) the correct terms to differentiate the length of the notes and weren’t these two note speeds both ...
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Slur for same-pitch notes in chords: Tie or not?

I encountered this in Mozart KV 310: Should I repeat the C here?
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What is this "<>" thing above a note

It looks like a crescendo and a decrescendo on one note, but I don't think that's it:
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Duration of a note in Moldau score

Let's consider the piano version of Moldau/Vltava from Smetana, the first two measures for example: What should be the duration of the blue circled notes, as expressed in units of an eighth note: ...
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Sputtery tonging on Trombone when playing music

For some reason, whenever I play a piece of music (in this case, H. Vincent's 'Air for Baritone/Cornet'), I find that my tonging is very stutters and rough between notes, yet if I play one note, low ...
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Is this professional pianist respecting the score of Dance of the Fairy Dragée

As one could see from the score of Dance of the Fairy Dragée, tranposed for piano, this is only starting at measure 5th than the staccato begins. But if we listen to this professional pianist (who ...
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What is the difference between these articulations?

What is the difference in playing between accent (the little right pointing arrow,) staccato (the little dot,) marcato (the little hat,) accent-staccato (the little right-pointing arrow with the ...
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How to indicate articulation on only one volte of a repeat?

A source I’m transcribing has a piece of music repeated, with an articulation applied only once. E.g., A B C D | A B E F | G F E D | A B C D | A B E> F | or, using Lilypond notation, \fixed c' { ...
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On piano, can one tell aurally whether a slur is written or not?

If you hear a piece on the piano, can you objectively tell where the slurs are written? Sometimes it feels hard to tell the difference when there are slurs or not written in a passage. Is there an ...
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What do triangle above or below the note mean? [duplicate]

I was practicing some piano music (Ein Spanier Fur Elise to be exact) and I got to a bit in the music where the sheet music showed triangle above/below the note. They could be either just below, just ...
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What does one dot under a note mean? [duplicate]

I’m not sure what this notation (dots under notes)means exactly. I am practicing both pieces for an audition to enter orchestra. Help would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you would like to let me ...
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Attack and Release articulation in Orchestral category of Kontakt Factory Library 2

I've been playing around with the new Kontakt Factory Library 2 that came with Kontakt 7. I noticed that the Strings, Brass, and Woodwind instruments are missing the Attack and Release knobs. How do I ...
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Term meaning "unintended overlaps between notes" in piano playing

What is the proper or usual term that names the following problem in piano playing? Problem: The finger, after striking a note, does not release the key on time but overstays (typically by about 50 ...
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How to notate late attack/almost a grace note

I'm transcribing a piano piece. There is a short note that should be attacked slightly later than notated, but should not be played fully as a grace note—rather somewhere in between. (Even playing by ...
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Difference between fz, sz and f

What is exactly the difference between f (forte) and fz (forzato) ? I thought for long time that fz is similar to sf (sforzando), i.e. that it's a punctual dynamic that works only at the moment where ...
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Duration of articulations (e.g. staccato, tenuto) for piano

QUESTION Staccatissimo, staccato, mezzo-staccato, portato, non-legato, tenuto, legato.* For piano, what would be a (rough) numerical representation of these articulations' gap duration for note ...
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Is there a word for when you scoop to the same note?

I'm a vocalist who's done different kinds of ensembles over the years, and I often have this instinct to scoop to (rearticulate? emphasize?) a repeated note if the other voices change to make a ...
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What do '4eCe' and '2eCe' mean in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole?

May I know what does '4eCe' & '2eCe' mean in this context? *I got this sheet music from imslp.
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the difference between SF and an accent mark [duplicate]

what is the difference between these two? I know Sf is a dynamic, but what if it is already in a forte section? and with sf do you play every note following as sf until another dynamic change or do ...
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is there an instrument that plays all notes for the same volume profile (over time) regardless of pitch

So you know how when playing a stringed instrument a low note will always play longer than a high note. Here is a good question about it - When we press a piano key, why does a high pitch note not run ...
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Notation of staccato rhythm

I'm notating a line for bass and effectively want the 1st and 4th semiquaver of a beat played staccato. I've thought of four ways of notating this that I think would effectively sound the same if ...
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Staccato crotchet or quaver and rest, or staccato quaver and rest [duplicate]

What is the difference in the execution of these 3 rhythmic notations? A crotchet with staccato, a quaver note followed by a quaver rest, and a quaver note with staccato followed by a quaver rest
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Trill notation with a wavy line

There are 2 trill notations: 'tr' and 'tr' followed by a wavy line. What exactly is the difference and when is one used over the other?
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Should staccatissimo be observed in Bach's Fugue in D Minor in WTC 1 BWV 851

I am using the "Edition Peters" and there are notes which have a staccatissimo sign under some notes. Should these be observed? It seems to me that it disrupts the overall tonal quality of ...
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Multiple staccato dots on minim with tremolo repeat in Lilypond

I'm writing a piano reduction of Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony (to help study the score and practice music notation, but mainly just for kicks 'n' grins) using GNU LilyPond. (Yes, I know, I'm totally ...
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Are slurs on a score for piano as well?

With piano I dont really see/hear the point yet of having slurs because of its sound. I find it difficult to play more legato than is normal. Please can someone enlighten me. Are slurs for piano ...
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How Do I Play and Understand the Note Structure in Jimbo's Lullaby, Debussy (Bar 9 Piano)

How Do I Play This Section of Jimbo's Lullaby (Piano)? Novice (Self Studying) Music Theory and Piano In the segment of the piece shown below (measures 9–13), which notes and dyads do I play on which ...
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Trombone - meaning of "do not clip notes"

I'm studying with the Alessi & Bowman version of Arban's method for trombone and euphonium. Quite often, for instance when studying slurs, grace notes and arpeggios, one advice is to not clip a ...
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What is this upside down square fermata?

I was wondering what this marking means, it looks like an upside-down square fermata or an upside-down down bow marking with a dot. I found it in a piece for cello by Nadia Boulanger.
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Slurs within slurs

How do I play the slurs with in the larger slur? Can you play this two ways? One big slur or individual slurs?
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Why is legato articulation needed

Can someone clarify why the legato articulation is needed in notation? Staccato 'shortens' the duration but surely the default is legato? How can a note be played more legato?
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Is it possible to combine accent and tremolo in notation?

I want to have a strings part with tremolo, like used for example on the beginning of the 4th movement in Beethoven's 6th Symphony. But I also want the beginning of every such note to be accented. In ...
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How does one maintain voice integrity when longer and shorter notes of the same pitch occur in two voices

Here is an excerpt from Bach's BWV 796, measures 8–9. (Unfortunately, ABCjs renders the ties in exactly the wrong direction!) X:1 T:Sinfonia No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796 M:3/4 C:J.S. Bach %%staves [(1 ...
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Brass triple tonguing sylables' order. Why "TA TA KA" instead of "TA KA TA"?

I see in all videos on youtube, people say to say "ta ta ka" instead of "ta ka ta" for triple tonging. However, in my mind I always thought it was "Ta ka ta" and so it ...
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What is the name of this bowing technique for strings?

https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Playing_Techniques-Right_Hand/Violin-Ricochet It is basically playing all 4 strings consecutively creating an "undulation". HOWEVER, not in the staccato slurred ...
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Articulation for shortening a note/silence [duplicate]

I want to ask is there an articulation that is opposite from 'Fermata'. In other words I don't want to change the time signature? What I want the particular note/silence should go faster then the ...
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Playing legato while staccato in Rachmaninoff's "Etude-Tableaux Op. 33"

In Rachmaninoff's 'Étude-Tableaux Op.33 No.4 in D-minor' there are plenty of places where you are supposed to play staccato while playing legato in the left hand (for example, measures 32-34 below). ...
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Mystery bowing notation

A cellist friend asked if I had come across this coloured in cross marking (hourglass?) in bar 35 and it has me stumped. (Beethoven Sonatina, so you can discount any crazy new music articulation.) ...
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Logic Pro X 10.5.1...Certain articulations won't make sound?

I'm trying to do a trumpet fall articulation, and it shows up as registering even in the piano roll, but when I play it, it's silent. What's going on?
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Writing dynamics separately with Lilypond

I've recently been engraving more and more with Lilypond, and I stumbled upon a .ly file on Mutopia (public domain scores engraved with Lilypond) where the dynamics and articulations are written ...
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How exactly is this measure in Chopin's etude supposed to be played?

How am I supposed to play the staccato in the following section? I also don't understand when composers write 8th on bottom and then a 16th on top. Why do composers do this?
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Series of semiquavers vs staccato quavers

What is the difference between: (a) a series of semiquavers with a semiquaver rest in between every pair, and (b) a series of staccato quavers where sound/effect is concerned?
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Fermata tie confusion

Can someone help me understand what the circled notation is instructing in this simple piece by Markham Lee? Are the notes tied? I'm confused as how they can be tied and staccato at the same time.
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Two dots below a note in the Bass Clef

I’ve come across some sheet music that has notes (Bass Clef) with 2 dots immediately below the note, as per the image below (right in the middle of the page): What does this notation mean?
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I don't recognize the symbol on top of this note. What is it, and how does it affect the note?

This is a picture of the note and the symbol. It's part of a blues trombone solo. I would like to know what the symbol is and how I should play it.
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What is this notation in Debussy's "Engulfed Cathedral"?

In light of the recent portato question at What do the dots and lines underneath these chords mean?, what did Debussy mean by the tied portato on the third quarter note of the second measure of ...
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What do these triangles above and below the staff mean?

The image above is taken from sheet music of The Dreamy Fish by Erik Satie, I'm not completely sure what those triangles mean. Looking them up, they look closest to sforzando symbol, but that one ...
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Double and Triple Tonguing Syllables?

Brass and Woodwind players use specific syllables like ta-ka-ta for triple tonguing... I would like to know: What are the most common used syllables for double and triple tonguing? Are they ...
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