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Anacrusis and last measure [duplicate]

In a piece of music with a 3/8 time signature, suppose the first measure starts with two sixteenth notes: Should the last measure then be shortened to just a single quarter note to balance the ...
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Piano ideas for songs tracks and beats …… [closed]

I Don’t have any songs that have a beat I actually like notes I like don’t help either how can I make a song without a beat ,track, and importantly an idea can somebody who is a pianist and song maker ...
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Notating small adjustments in rhythm

I'm trying to analyse/transcribe some rap music and one thing I've noticed in my listening is that occasionally in a given recording the syllables are shifted slightly off-rhythm for effect or some ...
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Three Wind Quartets (Gambaro) -- notes lengths don't add up (3.75 beats in common time)

I'm transcribing the first movement of Gambaro's Three Wind Quartets, and I came across this part in the Clarinet part: Clarinet in C part I'm seeing the following: a dotted eighth note (.75 beats) ...
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How to spell leading-tone chords build on #4

In bar 3 I am trying to spell a chord that leads from a ii65 to a V64 chord. The intervals are in the figured bass but I am wondering if this chord should be a root position viidim7 chord with the B♯ ...
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What does this "crossed wave" symbol mean? [duplicate]

What is this symbol? I'm not a piano player, although I know a couple of accents (marcato, tenuto, staccato, staccatissimo), and this is not one of them.
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How do I change all fonts to sans-serif in Lilypond?

I'm sure this information is available somewhere, but all I can find is how to change the font for specific parts, not the entire document. Can you help me?
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What are these rectangular notes? [duplicate]

I was reading a piano sheet and noticed what seem to be rectangular dotted quarter notes and half notes during some glissandi: In contrast, there are other glissandi in the sheet that use typical ...
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How can I write a repetition with voltas in lyrics in plain text?

I have music with repetitions with voltas and lyrics. Consider this minimal example: I want to extract the lyrics into plain text and preserve repetitions and voltas. How can I write that? If there ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 3 m. 27

From Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3 in B Major. Is the phrase in red an unmarked 21-tuple? I can’t figure out how it would be correctly read as 32nd notes, so I assume so—just want to make sure.
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What is this pointy curved ornament? [duplicate]

I don’t know what the pointy curved thing is; I’ve never seen it before until now. If anyone could give me any advice that would be great.
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Identify this symbol?

In an arrangement of 'We go together' that my marching band plays, there is one point when the trumpets are instructed to make a wah-wah-wah-wah sound on four notes. These notes, along with the text, ...
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Piano Sheet Music: Two Voices - Same Note

In this measure, two voices play the same note (one head, 2 stems). Is it just for style or should I play the note louder to imitate 2 notes being played?
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How to write this melody with repeat signs?

I have 4 bar melody that starts from a pick-up measure. If I write it the way it is, it's pretty simple, but I'd like to know how can it simplify it with repeats. I cannot think of a way.
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Identify Notation, dot (period or point) with semicircle below

I'm not musician, I'm trying to pass a score to MuseScore for my song. As you can see, I would like to know what is the name for the symbol which is a dot with circular underline (or semicircle below)...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

I am learning chord notation and I noticed that the Wikipedia page does not mention any specific notation for a chord where the root is omitted. Omitting the root note seems to be quite commonplace, ...
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How do I play this note? (Drakengard 3 Kuroi Uta)

Is this C# and D# played together? It sounds weird/out of key, so wasn't sure. Edit:
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What are some effective warmups/excercices for open throat singing before actual singing or performance?

Soo, I am studying open throat singing to learn natural vibrato & control tension on my riff and runs/melisma... I don't know but when I try to do some open throat singing of which I followed on ...
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In this piano notation, which hands play which notes?

Which hands do I use to play the notes/dyads I've labeled #3, #5, and #6? I recall reading somewhere that lower case "d" indicates "right hand" and lower case "g" ...
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I'm having difficulty comprehending the timing information presented in the CSV files of the MusicNet dataset

I'm working on a project using the MusicNet dataset, and I've encountered some difficulty understanding the timing information provided in the dataset. I've managed to decipher the instrument, note, ...
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What does this line above this note mean?

Above the note C5 at rehearsal mark (3rd measure below): is the line a part of the number 4 or part of the articulation (the dot on top of the note)?
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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Fitting music in a single, long system for scrolling in Lilypond

Suppose I have a piece of music in Lilypond (three staves per system) and I want to lay it out so that all the piece fits into a single, continuous system of arbitrary length, with no breaks. How ...
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How to understanding usage the square bracket between piano staves? [duplicate]

I have found this passage with a square bracket – enclosed the picture. Is it related to dynamics or chords? How shall I play it? Does anyone know how to enter it in Musescore version 3 or 4? Thanks
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What does B7sus mean when learning which notes to sing in a song?

Brand new member here. I've been learning to sing and trying to learn how to read music to decipher which notes should be sung in a particular song. With The Carpenters Yesterday Once More it's in E ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The first four bars of the Bminor blues are Bm7 / Em7 / Bm7 / Bm7 What does the 7 mean? Does it indicate that the 7th note of the Bminor scale (A) needs to be included in the chord and the same for ...
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What is the time signature in Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" [closed]

The song is very popular and has been notated countless times, in all possible ways. What note values and time signature should be used to notate the music? The main six note guitar pattern: seems to ...
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Notate whole note right hand and eighth notes left hand

I've read a bunch of questions on how to play something like this, but I'm not sure how best to notate it. It seems to me there must be a more elegant way, e.g. if the whole note had a dropped stem or ...
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What is the meaning of 8va combined with the bracket?

I am learning from Bastien Piano for Adults 1, and on page 57 there is 8va mark (which is explained) but at the bottom of the page, there is additional bracket. What is the meaning of the bracket (or ...
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Is there a way to sing actual clear, nice two notes? (Polyphonic overtone singing)

So I found this two video On polyphonic overtone singing, I'm just wondering is there a way to actually sing good two notes that doesn't ...
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Are these groups of notes played together?

From the sheet, the notes circled in red appears to be separate (1 chord + 1 note), and I have always played them separately. However, after listening to a few recordings, apparently they are to be ...
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Figured Bass Standalone Accidentals

I'm wondering whether or not standalone accidentals always imply 3rds in figured bass notation. Is (5)(♭)(8) the same as (5)(3♭)(8)? Is (9)(♮) the same as (9)(3)? Can a figure 3 always be inserted ...
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Notation (circles and diamonds) in flute score

I recently heard a piece by Nathaniel Parks, "and by opening up". Could someone explain to me the notation in the flute part (circles and diamonds)?
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

I want to learn how to write music notation, but first I want to learn the rhythmic aspect of it so I’m only trying to work out rhythms on single staves. What are the key things I need to work on? ...
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I can generally sing on-key, but I fear that I'll sing off key in front of the audience. What should I do?

So I've been wondering that: I can generally sing a song with correct pitches (is it called on-key singing? Sorry, english is not my first language) without guide melody on home. But throughout my ...
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Term for notation with right-hand-chords and melody simultaneously

I found a kind of notation in a solo piano book I'm not familiar with (see image below). As I understand it, I’m supposed to play every note and the ones in between the brackets only if possible. Is ...
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What does this line across multiple strings mean in this guitar chord?

I'm a novice at reading tab (don't know how to play any string instrument) and I'm trying to understand this tab notation for an F major chord from Ultimate Guitar: I know that the 3, 4, and 2 mean ...
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Overlapping parenthesis symbol name / meaning

Ran into this symbol on some sheet music today, and no matter what I used in my search query I can't find the meaning or name. It's the twisty I / )( shown above the note / below the Cm chord. This ...
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Ottava markings - Should this 8va be 8vb?

Perusing the score of Charles E. Ives' Concord Sonata, in the 4th movement "Thoreau", p. 10, I noticed some ottava markings; in particular, "8va" above the treble clef, and another ...
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Sheet Music Software, w/ Measures/Bars per System Setting

For many years I was an "Encore" user, and alas, Encore is no longer supported. (Rumors of a new version persist, but... we'll see....) I used it to create piano sheet music. Encore allowed ...
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Help reading music sheet [closed]

Could someone help me explain this music sheet of Frere Jacque? The is a Violin key, A mole on the A line and some notes. What do I habe to do with them in order to play this the correct way according ...
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What's this vertical dash called and what does it mean?

I found this vertical dash on some sheet music and I can't figure out what it is or what does it mean. I've tried looking through Wikipedia's list of symbols, but I couldn't find it there and me ...
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Colon next to a flat in cello score

I'm seeing this symbol in a couple places in a score I'm transcribing, and wondering what it means: Next to the flat in each case is a colon symbol. It only appears in the cello part, though that ...
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Lilypond tablature: how to force a note to a specific string+fret?

I have written a partition on Lilypond, with both Staff and tabStaff. I have customised the tablature with TabStaff.minimumFret = #7 and TabStaff.restrainOpenStrings = ##t and the generated tablature ...
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Is there a difference between C6sus4 and an inverted Fadd2?

I was playing with a sequencer and added a sixth to a C6sus4 to get C F G A. I liked the sound, so I did some basic research to find that C6sus4 chords are a thing. But then, taking a second look, I ...
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Scheme function for time signatures in LilyPond

I would like to notate a piece proportionally in LilyPond in which different time signatures are layered polymetrically. To do this, I want to place the time signatures above the staves, or more ...
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What do notes on the neutral clef mean? [duplicate]

When writing notes on the neutral clef for percussion, do the notes correspond to different instruments (bass drum, snare drum, etc.) or do the notes represent something else? Here's an example:
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What does the s number mean in the title of the piece?

For example, the transcendental etudes by Liszt are labeled "S. 139." What does this mean? If it's related to the piece's release date, what's the difference between it and opus # (e.g the ...
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how to read and play a turn in music when it is inbetween 2 notes?

for example in this Mozart piece, there is a turn in bar 7, and in bar 10 how are you suppose to play these turns rhythmically? how else could the notes be notated?
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