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For questions related to lead-sheet notation, the practice standard in popular music and jazz of providing only melody and chords.

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I need write a lead sheet with repeats, different lyrics for each repeat, the chorus and chords

I have this snipped code that resembles the work that I need to make: \version "2.22.0" musicA = \relative c' { \repeat volta 2 { a1 b2 c2 d4 e f g } \alternative { {...
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Where do I find original sheet music for songs?

I heard Orleans on Youtube and cover bands and wanted to learn some of their songs. I went to the library and music store to try to find their sheet music but struck out. Seems like no one is ...
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What do the chord symbols on each bar mean?

I see chord symbols on each bar, and I assume they represent the notes in the bar. But many times not all the notes are present, and sometimes a bar with only 1 note has a chord symbol. If they are a ...
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Transposing sheet music question

I know what transposing is, but I'm not sure about something. If I have some sheet music for tenor sax in A major, is that a transposed A major, or concert A major? If the sheet music for tenor is ...
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Lilypond lead sheet chord symbol notation

I am working with a collection of Lilypond files generated from the Weimer Jazz Database, and I've been trying to understand the rules for chord symbol notation. I've found a useful resource ...
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What is the meaning of the +4? [closed]

I bought a music sheet last year and came across this symbol. What does +4 mean? Here are the details of the song.
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Formatting First and Second Repetitions

Anytime I'm formatting a score with first and second repetitions I struggle on how should I write them in the score. I tend to do 4 bars for each staff (not counting pick up bars) unless the melody's ...
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Understanding How to Play Chord Symbols

I am 3 months into my guitar journey and I've been learning the basics with a book that's available at home. The book jumps into chords pretty quickly and is relatively clear but leaves a lot to the ...
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How can I use different types of repeats in my lead sheet?

Happy Friday! I'm trying to draft a lead sheet that captures the structure of a song I'm working on in a single page. I just can't find a solution. I hope to get better at notating repeats and ...
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How to notate repeat section for lead sheet [duplicate]

I'm having trouble writing a compact lead sheet for a song with this form: A A B A B C B B How to write it with repeat sign without make it too confusing? Thank you.
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What is my 7 if a chord does not specify the 7th?

I'm learning jazz and playing from lead sheets and am confused about how to handle triads that do not explicitly say what to do with the 7th. If the lead sheet I'm playing from just describes a chord ...
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How to write proper repeat signs for ABABBCB form?

I'm trying to write down the melody of a song. It's in ABABBCB form, with a Coda. It also has a pickup measure. This is what I came up with. Is this correct? In the 2nd volta (ending), should it ...
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How would I go about playing lead sheets?

I am very confused on lead sheets at the moment. First of all, in this lead sheet, how would I play this. Would I play the chords as the harmony, and the notes as the melody, or would I do something ...
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Why is vibrato rarely marked in vocal sheet music?

I've never seen markings to sing with vibrato in sheet music but I hear it all the time in country music.
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LilyPond - How do I create a ChordName context that can stack or show multiple ChordNames simultaneously?

Suppose I have one melody line that is repeated (e.g., singing multiple verses), but the chords should be different the second and third times through. I want these to be defined in their own ...
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What do these diamond and slash note heads mean?

Can someone tell me what do the symbols here mean? and how to play them in triplets as written in the lead sheet?
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How do you set the number of measures per line or page in LilyPond / Frescobaldi when you have a score with multiple instruments?

As I am doing an arranging project, I was wondering how to set the number of measures per line and therefore page as it is a score with a rhythm section and five horns. I have seen these pages (line ...
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Why don't most lead sheets notate rests? [closed]

All of the Mel Bay books, My Gene Autry songbook, and I'm sure many others do not indicate rests for the entire song. At the end of a four bar lyrical line they just place a whole note when it is ...
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Who decides chord details in published songs?

I like to make lead sheets of songs like this to learn to improvise from, condensing the published sheet music down to a single page with no turns. In working from my two copies of It's Only A Paper ...
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Em/C: Sound Notation, or Dirty Shorthand?

A recent post about slash chords got me started thinking about whether it is technically "correct" to use a slash chord to mark a root position chord. For example, in C/E, the root is C. In ...
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Keys in Real Book vs. Real Vocal Book

I like seeing the lyrics to jazz standards, but I would also like to practice standards in their original/standard keys. How many tunes in the Real Vocal Book "High Voice" (which has the ...
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What is the best way get rhythm section notation (rhythmic notation, kicks over time, and slash notation) to display in LilyPond / Frescobaldi?

I have an arranging project due very soon, so I decided to ask this while I might still get help and a response. What is the best way to get rhythm section notation techniques like rhythmic notation, &...
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Cb/B problem while creating lead sheet

I'm making a lead sheet of the song "One" by Esperanza Spalding. I chose the key of Bb because the song feels the most "at home" when the progression lands there at the guitar solo ...
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How to find scales to improvise with for "How Insensitive" by Jobim

I am pretty new to improvisation. So far I have improvised over a 2 5 1 change using the diatonic 7th chords and the underlying scale tones that fit in with that chord. I am playing on a guitar. As a ...
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How do I get chords that last half a measure to display correctly in 6/8 in LilyPond / Frescobaldi?

I am currently using a lead sheet template to make a reference lead sheet for someone (I am looking to see if the chords that I found are correct, but that is a whole other problem). In LilyPond / ...
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There is a course that teaches a specific version of the Jazz tune Summertime that I cannot find [closed]

I'm searching for a version of summertime and the course that teaches it. Around 2005-2009 there was an online website that offered a course that contained a book with 4 dvds and different, ...
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how can you write chords and bassline in the bass clef?

I am learning how to write in 12/8 time and worked out something on the piano but not sure if it is right. The chords are quite low so the bass line feels a bit lost underneath the way I have written ...
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What is the meaning of these lines connecting notes?

I am trying to use a software called guitar pro to copy the sheet music and play the tracks. I am currently stuck in this track as I am not able to understand what does the dot and the little symbol ...
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Making a lead sheet to practise transcription - have a few queries

I'm fairly new to music and have been transcribing melodies in the name of ear training and becoming more fluent with standard notation. I'm presently creating a lead sheet for this song: ...
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In-Browser software for easily creating chord sheets [closed]

Is there any in-browser web app where one can easily create chord sheets (I'm thinking of more like a graphical approach; not just ChordPro) and transpose them? I've done a bit of research now and can'...
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How do you choose what bass notes to play using a lead sheet

My problem is that if I look at the chords of a lead sheet (treble staff) almost none of my bass notes sound right -- not even the roots, 3rds, 5ths or 7ths. Take a slow song like the old standard ...
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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To chord function question

I have been playing through You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To. I have a pretty good grasp of the song and the chord functions up to the final section. I am interested to know the function and ...
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What do these chord annotations mean?

What do the chords in parentheses mean, and how could you play Bm7 and B♭M7 at the same time?
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Is there a way to notate octaves for chords?

Say I wanted someone to play a C major triad in the 4th octave at one point in a song I've written, while I wanted them to play the same chord (a C major triad) in the 5th octave instead of the 4th at ...
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Adding vertical space after header in LilyPond score [duplicate]

I have prepared a \header and I would like to increase the vertical space before my first stave, which also includes chords. Is that also possible with LilyPond?
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Ride Cymbal in notation Sibelius

Hello I have this notation: Notation But someone told me that is wrong notated the ride cymbal and is incorrect. And that must be notated of the G space above the staff. Can someone tell me ...
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Why and how to play chord progression?

As a pianist who have only experienced classical music yet, I recently got my hands on The jazz theory book, because I am curious about this kind of music that is totally new to me. The theory is ...
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Creating lead sheets using MuseScore

I'm trying to separate a choral arrangement into simplified individual sheets for the different parts and instruments. Need to be able to create a sheet with: Music Lyrics Chords I have issues ...
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What does "Time on" mean in the context of a Lead Sheet?

I was looking though my real book and saw an interesting phrase that I've never seen before in the song Stuff by Miles Davis. On the first and last bar there is the phrase "Time on D♭7(#9)" with ...
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Jazz playing chords in lead sheets

I am a somewhat beginner jazz piano looking to start reading lots of lead sheets to assimilate tunes. I know the general idea is to sight read the melody and play the chord voicing in left hand (...
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Question about terminology for a music sheet

I have developed an application for musicians that produces this output and I am not sure if we are using the correct terminology. We currently use Chords and lyrics sheet but I think this is not the ...
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What Android app is most used for reading music in performance?

My band has around 250 tunes frequently played as two tune medleys. Setlists can be pre-arranged or set up on the fly to compensate for local weather conditions. Kind of like a jazz band, but we're ...
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How to choose a key signature for a song that modulates often?

In jazz, let's say, how would one choose a key signature for writing a lead sheet for a song where keys change every few measures or faster? Is writing the key changes explicitly going to be helpful ...
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Notating Original Songs for Musicians

I have written many songs in a rock band setting and I have notated them in a multitude of ways including lead sheets, standard scores written in Finale, and guitar tabulate. Over the years I have ...
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