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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams [duplicate]

The following section (mm. 49–52) is from "Metamorphosis II" by Philip Glass with 4/4 signature. I don't understand how beats are adding up: There are 4x6 16th notes in each G clef measure, ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

How rare was it, in classical and romantic periods, for composers to notate eighth note and sixteenth note beams across measures? Are there examples from composers other than Schubert? In two of ...
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Can lilypond grace note beams be added to regular beams?

I'm engraving Bach Invention 4 (D Minor) BWV775 in Lilypond and the existing score has grace notes (measure 37) beamed from a regular note: My reading of https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.21/Documentation/...
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Grouping and Beaming rules for specific time signatures

The question asks to rewrite the notes according to the grouping and beaming rules of the given time signature. The first picture is the question and the second picture is my answer to it. Am I ...
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Grouping and beaming 6/4 time signature

I am confused about how to group the 1st bar, I think the half note will remain untouched, the two eighth notes will be joined. The quarter note will also stay as it is and then all the remaining ...
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Have I correctly understood which hand plays which notes in cross-staff beaming?

I am a piano beginner and am learning by myself. I'm very confused about the upper notes (original sheet), and I rewrite them to become the lower notes (rewrite sheet). My question is that are they ...
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How to represent beams broken with rests in lilypond

I'm trying to write the following in Lilypond notation: As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest -...
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How do you "think of" notes in groups which consist of a sequence of repeating notes which are in separate beams?

The title sounds awkward (please feel free to modify it); what I mean is: When you see the bars such as Bar 40 below (similarly Bar 37), do you think of it as DDD AAA FFF DDD (orange marking, grouped ...
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Can I align the stem-beams in MuseScore?

I am writing drums exercises and I want to get a clear visual helping to read the timing. Is it possible to align vertically all the beams? By default it depends on the note-pitch so it may vary. I ...
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how to force lyrics under manually beamed notes

If I do not specify any manual beams and let the algorithm do it, lyrics are put at each note: \relative { g'4 e8 g8 g4 e8 g } \addlyrics { a b c d e f } But if I do it manually and forbid the ...
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How to calculate notes beats and properly draw notes beams?

I am fairly new to music theory and i find these 2 topics related but not explained in depth in...pretty much every resource i have found. How are beats normally calculated? I went through the ...
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Beam on top and beam at the bottom on a music sheet

I am new to sheet music. I am trying to recreate in Guitar Pro, corresponding to guitar strumming, the music sheet notation of the picture below. The timing is 4/4 and tempo is 120. I am unable to ...
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Grouping three quarter notes in 6/8 time signature

I'm writing a piece of music in 6/8 time signature. Is it correct to have a bar with 3 quarter notes in this time signature?
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What are the benefits of using no beams in simple vocal melody? [duplicate]

I've noticed some of my favorite musicians went out of their way to use no beams while writing vocal melodies. Why would they choose to exclude beams? There are beams in the music but not the vocal ...
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If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo) [duplicate]

If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo)
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Manual beam with chord and single note in lilypond

I want to make a manual beam - on left side its a chord and to the right a single note. What I tried was <f''8 a''8> [c'8] which gives : 'error: syntax error, unexpected UNSIGNED' How to ...
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

I'm trying to write a Sheet on MuseScore 3. The Question is: As you can see in the original Sheet the notes aren't grouped... How can I prevent automatic grouping of the notes?
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What is the standard for notating wide arpeggios on piano?

I think I'll go crazy if I think about every possible way. Which example best adheres to standard notation practice?
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How to beam multiple voices correctly

I don't want to change the clef at the top, so I wrote the first group of notes in the bottom, but I also want the first notes (chord) of the bar to be in the second voice. But in this case, it ...
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Highly irregular beaming in this Liszt piece - is phrasal beaming a no-no or not?

The piece is Liszt's Heroischer Marsch im Ungarischem Stil, S.231, and the passage is this (measures 57-64). Notice how irregular the beaming is in the right hand, going across barlines and grouping ...
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Questions on note grouping and beaming for 3+3+2 rhythm

EDIT: The questions below still apply, but here is an updated edit that I think looks a lot cleaner. Any thoughts? Regarding this piece with a 3+3+2 rhythm, I have a few more questions regarding ...
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Beaming notes which have a rest between them [duplicate]

Is it correct to beam two notes with a rest between them? For instance, if you have a quaver followed by a quaver rest, then quaver, will it be correct to beam the two quavers? Thank you.
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What does it mean when notes are beamed across both piano staves?

I have only six months in playing piano. I want to learn a new sheet, but I don”t understand this notation that merges the two staffs. Can you explain to me please?
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Question about beaming in 6/4 and irregular beaming

In 6/4 can I beam by 2/4 + 2/4 + 2/4 or is it strictly 3/4 + 3/4? And also I didn't find a good explanation of irregular beaming in cases where time signature constantly changing from bar to bar (not ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: 1) Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? 2) If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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Theory- grouping notes

In a 4/4 time signature, can I write a half note on the 2nd and 3rd beat Or should I split the half note into quarter notes with a tie to show the middle of the bar? Also, in 7/8 with (4,3)as main ...
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First note of a beamed group must never fall on an off beat, unless it is preceded by a rest of a dotted note

Here's an image related to my question: https://i.stack.imgur.com/zU0ZO.png Below this image it says: Bar 3 is incorrect, because the 3rd quaver in the group should have a stronger accent than ...
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Grouping and beaming 6/8 time signature

I am trying to get this right but don't get the second part where there is a eighth note and followed by 2 sixteenth note
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Beam slope indicating accelerando or rallentando

Has anybody ever heard of a modern composition notation convention where sloping beams indicate acc. and rall.? A composer colleague of mine who always uses flat horizontal beams claims this (without ...
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Placing beam between staves with autochanging voice in LilyPond

I have a PianoStaff with two voices on the right hand. The lower voice with eighths is spread across the staves with \autochange and the additional pitch parameter nicely controls the turning point. ...
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Stop Lilypond from placing beam around second voice

I have two voices in the right-hand staff. I'm not sure why Lilypond is doing what it is (see freehand circle) but I would like it to stop. The beam should ideally be somewhere near the red line, with ...
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Why are these quavers beamed this way?

I don't know why the quavers in the bass are beamed across barlines the way they are. Does it signify phrasing or is there another reason for it?
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Question about beaming in LilyPond

I've recently installed LilyPond and Denomo and found them to be great tools. However I can not seem to learn how to make a beaming pattern like this: This is the bar in Denemo gui: My LilyPond ...
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Why do these notes have two sets of beams?

I'm puzzled by the bar ringed in red from a piece for Celtic harp (La danseuse T'ang, in Images de Chine, by Monique Grabus). There are two sets of beams, and every note has both an upward stem and ...
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In the Hanon piano exercises, why is there a beam joining two groups of 16th notes?

The first measure of the Hanon exercises has a set of four 16th notes that make up a quarter note, and another set of 4 16th notes that make up another quarter note. This adds to 2 quarter notes for ...
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Why is Bonse Aba beamed the way it is?

Bonse Aba — a Zambian children's song — is written in 2/4. However, the beaming, as shown in this link, does not appear to reflect the quarter note main beats. Instead, it starts beams on beat 1 and ...
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Grouping Syncopated Notes

How would I group the following: |qqqsq.qqsq.qqsq.qz| Where q=quaver, s=semiquaver, z=quarter rest, .=dot. Assume 4 q to the beat. By "group" I mean, join together the beams. I know one should ...
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Beams in classical vocal music

I had a look at different operas and songs with piano accompaniment. I noticed that one often does not connect beams that one usually would in instrumental music (such as four sixteenth notes in 4/4), ...
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What is the difference between grouped and separated quarter notes

Let us consider the 2/4 time. Now, let's say I split up all the beats by 2 in one bar. This gives me a total of four 1/8th notes. Now, in some cases, I've seen that, they are grouped as 2 pairs or ...
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Best way to score melodic piano lines across both hands

Having some trouble understanding the best way to score piano when a melodic pattern is played across both hands... Here is the first bar of the section in question, arranged on separate staves, and ...
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What difference does the direction of a stem/beam make?

Guys I have a question concerning stems and beams. The stems in the first bar are all upward and in the second bar one part is downward. The beams are different in both parts. The question is: What ...
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Is it possible to use notes on 2 different staves in Lilypond with one beam? If so, how?

Suppose I want to use eighth notes which differ widely in pitch, so that half of the eighth notes fall in a bass clef and half of them are best represented in a treble clef. Is there a way to use one ...
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Clef between a beam? proper notation?

Is that F Clef between the beam of those two notes in the 3rd bar proper notation? if so, what does it mean? I'm guessing it's the same as the G Clef that precedes it, so that the next note would be C ...
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What does this notation (bar joining notes) mean?

Specifically I'd like to know about the apparent joining of a dotted quaver and a semiquaver in the second row of my photo. Is that what these are? If that is what is meant then how does this differ ...
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Why are notes beamed across the barline in this piece?

In the piece Three Pieces for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky I've noticed something very odd that I cannot explain. There are several places in the piece where eighth notes are beamed across ...
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Note length line (beam) placement in numbered musical notation

I am making a computer application for typing numerical / numbered musical notes. I have some question regarding note length line / beam. Will it have a same meaning if we place the beam either on ...
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How should 3 notes joined with 1 beam line drawn on 5-staff-line?

Straight to the question, if I have this following numerical scores notation : 4/4, Do=C How to draw it into staff musical notation (If you have better way to say this musical notation type, please ...
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Fractional Beam Heading

What are the correct orientation of fractional beams? Is it true that they should always head to left except if it is the leftmost note of the outer beam (when they are forced to head to the right). ...
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Notating 6 (or more) triplets with a single beam?

Does the bar labeled "One six note phrase" conform to notation standards? All the examples of triplets that I've seen before have always had the beams break every three notes, similar to the "Manual ...
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What music notation software can handle this complex beaming?

Update: It looks like the votes are clearly in favor of Lilypond. While Sibelius and Finale appear to be the "canonical" solutions, and MuseScore has a nice showing (albeit using a "development" ...
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