Questions tagged [notation]

For questions about visual representation of music and its uses. If the question is about a specific type of notation like tablature, that should also be tagged. Questions about how to input specific notation are best served with the engraving tag.

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What does a line between staves indicate for piano? [duplicate]

What is the score indicating here? This is Norton's Misty Day - it's a pretty straightforward piano score, then on the measure before this, the treble clef switches to bass clef and this measure is ...
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How to indicate flutter technique in a score?

And so the question: I would like to indicate a certain bar in a trombone score using the flutter technique. How can I label and remove it correctly? I mean labels like for strings pizz and arco By ...
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What does a "2" on top of a figured bass exercise mean?

Here is a pic from my textbook, Adwell/Schachter's Tonal Harmony. It tells me what the soprano should be in the figured bass but there is a 2 next to both notes. What does that mean?
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How would I notate this custom repeat scenario with sheet music?

I am composing a song, 8 measures in verse and 8 in chorus. I also have a 8 measure instrumental I would like to include after the second verse and before the second chorus. For the life of me I can'...
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Grace note notation

I'm having a heck of a time wrapping my head around appoggiatura and acciaccatura and other grace note notations to achieve the performance I'm specifically looking for. The image above represents ...
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Notes of identical pitch on the same beat [duplicate]

In this measure of music from a piano accompaniment for Les Mis, This measure confuses me: On the third beat, There is an F played with two rhythms, a dotted eighth note as well as a sixteenth note, I ...
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Is there any book on the numbered notation system? [closed]

I am interested in the numbered notation system (a.k.a. jiǎnpǔ), and I would like to know if there was any book in order to learn about the details of it (fingering, for example). I already read the ...
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What is a natural sharp? [duplicate]

I'm looking the allstate music (as my class is required to pass it off) the piece is in concert c minor. I play flute and on my f(which is already sharp) there is a natural sign and then another sharp ...
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Can a double bar line begin a repeated section?

Please see the following: I assume that the repeat sign should refer back to the double bar line?
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Should I use 16th notes or triplets in swing rhythm?

I understand that in swing time, a pair of quavers should be played with a ratio of roughly 2-1 (up to 3-1), making it sound like a crotchet followed by a quaver. But if I want to split the first note ...
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Is the number of voices determined relative to the bar or to the phrase?

The direction of a note's stem is based on the number of voices in its context. If there is one voice, notes written above the middle staff line (B in G-Clef) are down-stem, whereas notes written ...
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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 is this violin ornament? [duplicate]

The picture below is Sibelius’s Tapiola (Bar 460). It looks to me like a trill / mordent on its side to fit into the condensed score. But is it?
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arpeggiated chord and half bracket symbol - what does it mean? (piano)

I have a piano piece with arpeggiated chords and at first glance, I thought I would have to leave out the bottom note on one of them because my hands aren't long enough. Then I looked closer at the ...
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When adding barlines in a music theory exam are all the bars supposed to be complete?

Here are some samples I am working on. Either I have made a mistake or the final bar is incomplete. Is it normal in an exam to have incomplete bars at the end?
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Is there a standardized way to write sheet music for musical spoons?

The spoons are a percussion instrument common in folk music around the world. Often, the spoons can create lines similar to a snare drum cadence, but with the addition of different body strikes and ...
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Beethoven Sonata Op. 49 No. 2 Bar 12 trill

I just started learning this piece on my own. I played the trill (red circle) as A G F# G (So with the context it's G AGF#G A. Is it correct? When I listen to the videos played by professionals on ...
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Rare abbreviation in Haydn String Quartet

I am engaving a complete edition of the Haydn String Quartets from the 1803 Pleyel "Bonaparte" edition, to provide players with access to this particular edition, which does not suffer much ...
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Is there a common labeling system for tritone substitutions?

Imagine the following progression: C F D♭7 C We typically just explain that third chord as a tritone substitution—and we stop there!—but this must be maddening for beginners, because we aren't ...
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Is 12/16 time signature a4 beats of dotted quavers or 2 beats of dotted crotchets?

Please see this question I am asked in one of my textbooks. I am asked to add a time signature. My answer is 12/16 but the problem is that I can't divide the bar into 4 dotted quavers because of the ...
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How to write down slap bass on score?

How could I write down slap bass (slap and pop) on sheet music?
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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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Should I use uppercase or lowercase roman numerals in Jazz harmonic analysis?

I know that there is not a fully defined specification for the language used in jazz harmonic analysis, as it has grown slowly and organically and has many variations. I have seen some textbooks use ...
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Name of a "triplet" inside an eighth beat

I've recently been creating my own rendition of Amazing Grace, and while I was working to add a bit of stylistic elements to it, I imagined a melody in my head which would require 3 beats in the space ...
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How should guitar strumming patterns be represented in music notation?

I am new to sheet music and I am basically a programmer. I am trying to blend technology with music and display the tabs on the screen like so for my son's YouTube channel. Now I want to integrate ...
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Is there a way of actually opening hairpins in LilyPond?

I need this for an Ossia staff that only appears for a single bar, like this: The real hairpin starts before that bar (like the 2nd one), but spanning the hairpin where the lower one starts doesn't ...
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In the absence of articulation marks should a piece be played legato? [duplicate]

If the answer is yes then why use legato articulation? surely the absence of staccato articulation implies legato?
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How can I omit breaks and page breaks in LilyPond?

I'm creating score and parts from a single file with various \book blocks, and my instrument parts have some \break and \pageBreak commands, but I want my score to omit those breaks. I thought that ...
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Can I edit the properties of System Spacers in LilyPond and double it on the other side of the page?

I can't find any information about system spacers more than: \paper { system-separator-markup = \slashSeparator } I find the defaults too small, and I would like to put a second separator aligned ...
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How are backup vocals notated in sheet music (score order)?

Many pop songs have a lead singer singing over instrumentals. However, on certain phrases, the singer may be joined by a backup singer who sings the same words and rhythm but harmonizing above. How ...
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Is there a better way of working on a score in real-time collaboration?

I've struggled with this topic for a long time since I edit scores with some friends at the same time, and came with some workarounds, but none of them seems that efficient for the workflow. I mainly ...
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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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Can you put one demisemiquaver rest inside a group of 4 demisemiquavers?

I did a picture with 2 examples so you guys can see what I mean. Please can you tell me if blue or red is better?
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Is the length of a G.P. that has no fermata discretionary?

In mm. 342 and 382 of the last movement of his Piano Quartet n. 3, Op.26, Brahms writes G.P. over one measure's rest (with no fermata). Is the intention that this General Pause should last exactly one ...
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What is the notation for repeating 3 times in keyboard sheet music? [duplicate]

In sheet music how do you notate repetition of a measure 3 times? Do you put 3 above the repeat sign? For example:
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How to write rests in triplet semiquaver groups

In the second bar I have to add the correct rest and it is a triplet semiquaver group Do you have to use separate semiquaver rests like I have done or could I have used one quaver rest instead?
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What is Just Intonation in detailed terms, and how can I notate it? [duplicate]

I've recently caught a great interest in the use of microtonal music through Just Intonation because of an artist I'm sure you've heard of recently, Jacob Collier. There a point in one of his songs ...
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What is the generalized terminology for continuous changes?

In some musical dimensions, termini and notation for continuous changes are common: Melodic (pitch): glissando, portamento, doit, fall Dynamic (volume): crescendo, diminuendo (alias decrescendo) ...
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Are these chords tied (not played again) or is only the top note tied?

In the recording it sounds like the chords are simply tied... I've been playing piano for 20 years and this seemingly simple question is escaping me. Any help would be appreciated! The piece is "...
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What word the combines both tabs and sheet music?

Wondering what word combines both Tabs and sheet music? I usually say Music Score. Is it correct?
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What is the symbol above this note?

What does the following symbol mean?
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How to notate a double stop for snare drum music

I'm just writing some stuff out by hand, and wondered how to indicate a single note where both hands play in unison, called a double stop. Or perhaps how to indicate a few bars will use double stops. ...
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How to notate specific-note harp glissando?

I am writing a piece in which I want the harp to play a glissando containing only specific notes, like so: Is this the best way to notate this type of thing, or is there a better way?
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Notes and Beat "slashes" in the same measure

I have a song I'm working on where the chorus ends with a half note in the first half of a measure. I would like to do an instrumental/solo, I want to allow freedom to the musician so have just filled ...
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Music notation: Left side dot

What's the meaning of the highlighted left side dot? I found it in the tango Almagro by Vicente San Lorenzo (lyrics by A. Timarni). It looks too clean to be noise in the score capture.
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In Sibelius ManuScript language example, why will the Run method not run?

I am learning to write Sibelius plug-ins by working my way through the ManuScript Language Reference (see File > Plug-ins > ManuScript Language Reference). Unlike other scripting languages I use ...
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Can you explain the transposing convention in this Jean Sibelius's score?

I am looking at a 1954 edition of Jean Sibelius's orchestral score for Tapiola. It has the Concert Pitch instruments (Flutes, Violins etc) in two sharps. He then has various other key signatures which ...
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What is the proper shorthand notation for a multi-measure chord tremolo?

This question came up from Proper chord tremolo notation and execution: What is a proper way to notate a chord tremolo with bars (as opposed to writing it out explicitly), when the tremolo lasts more ...
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Proper chord tremolo notation and execution

I'm not sure if this measure from Joe Hisaishi's "Hana-Bi" is correctly notated for a chord tremolo. What is the correct notation, and how should it be played?
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Can you use a dotted semibreve rest in 3/2 time?

In an exercise I am doing in 3/2, I am asked to mark the rests used as correct or incorrect. I got an answer wrong and am not sure why. Here is a photo of the answer book and you can see right at the ...

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