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Questions tagged [notation]

For questions about understanding notation and the use of it. 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 R=2N mean?

I'm just wondering what the R=2N means. I guess it's something like "real bar = 2notated bars," but does anyone know?
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Uncertain Meaning of Musical Symbol

What is the meaning of the thick line with the 8 on top in above the photo? I have looked everywhere on the web, but can't find anything. Any help would be appreciated.
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What does °7 and x6 mean in the context of intervals?

Does anyone know what the symbol °7 and x6 mean. I'm practicing intervals for my guitar exam but I don't remember ever being taught these symbols. Does it look like I am doing this question right?
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Meaning of a symbol in an orchestral score

What does '+' mean in an orchestral score? This was an examination question in a music theory exam and I have been unable to find out the meaning
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Are bass clarinet and tenor sax notations played an octave lower? [duplicate]

I am totally blind, and I read music Braille. I also use a MIDI keyboard to make musical tracks using a sequencer. Recently, I had a piece, October by Eric Whitacre, transcribed into Braille music. ...
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Single composer sheet music book — name on each piece?

It seems that whenever there is an album (book of sheet music) and all the pieces are from a single composer, the name is not repeated with each piece. I wonder, is this a strict rule? Especially, ...
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Unknown Musical Symbol: Straight Dotted Line Between Eighth Note Stems

What does the dotted line mean between the eighth note stems in the LH part? This appears in the Dover edition of Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major. It is present in both movements one and two. ...
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Slash chords and notation for A/C (according to Haunschild Book)

I am currently working on a book on music-theory by Haunschild “Die neue Harmonielehre” (the question is not too specific so it might also have some general value for people not working with this book....
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Liszt Nuages Gris: Which type of note is this? [duplicate]

What kind of note is that? It looks like a minim with semiquaver flags. I have encountered these kind of notes in the Nuages Gris piece by Liszt.
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Villa-Lobos étude diamond shaped note

In the first étude from the 12 études for guitar by Villa-Lobos, what are these diamond shaped notes? Additionally, what are these circled notes (G, B and E) below those diamond notes?
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How to cross staff slurs in lilypond?

\language "english" global = { \key c \minor \numericTimeSignature \time 4/4 } right = \relative c'' { \global < g c d g >1\arpeggio \bar "||" } left = \relative c, { \global <&...
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Beautiful quote about “B durum”

This one goes out to all the scholars and historians. I'm trying to put together a little booklet, for my students, to explain the accidental markings (sharp, flat etc) and where they come from. My ...
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What is the correct way to divide notes?

I recently decided that I finally want to learn musical notation and I'm stuck. I'm not sure how to divide notes so that my sheet would be easy to read. I think the subdivisions should be clearly ...
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Can anyone help with the use of a “Non Chord tone” in Arctic Monkey's “R U Mine?”

I've recently had a go at analysing Arctic Monkey's song R U Mine and was wondering about this part shown here: The key of the song is F# minor and and the measure shown starts with a non-chord tone....
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How to write 2 crotchet (quarter note) triplets when they don't start on the down beat?

I gave this question some thought but I may have worded it wrong so the best I can do is give an example. If you look in the second bar of the piece I am writing (below), there are three sets of ...
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How to notate piano cross-staff glissando with pedal line?

Consider the following screenshot: As you can see, the piece ends with an arpeggio that starts on the bass staff and ends on the treble staff. As I understand it, the best and clearest way to notate ...
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Is there an easier way to notate this excerpt in LilyPond?

<< <des f aes c g' bes>1 \arpeggio { <<c''1 {f4. (c8 c2)} >> } >> It seems too difficult to do this in LilyPond. How do I do it?
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Lilypond - Repeat with Partial Mesaure at the End

This demonstrates the problem: \relative c' {c4 d e f d e \repeat volta 2 { f g a, b c d } \alternative { {e2} {e2~e2} }} (And here's a picture: I need the first ending to be half a measure, ...
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Staff with 15 lines

Why does this staff contain 15 lines and how could I play this on a guitar?
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Reading notes on ledger lines

I'm trying to read the following stacked notes Am I reading it correctly as : D-A-B or is it D-A-D ? Thank you!
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Notation in Vasks “Stimmen”

Can anyone explain what is meant by the "wavy line" notation in the photo (bottom staff in each system)? It's from Peteris Vasks, Symphony for strings "Stimmen".
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Too many notes in measure? [duplicate]

I'm composing a song. The song is in 4/4. In the bass clef, I have two half notes, one occurring on beat one and the other on beat three. Since each note rings out for half of the measure, I want to ...
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Notation for fast notes across two measures

On one of the songs I'm writing, I have a few notes played on the end of one measure, finishing in the second one. Here it is: These three notes being played really fast, I don't want to use an ...
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What are these slashed noteheads?

This is taken from a piece of piano music sheet music but I do not recognize these notes:
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Why are double flats used instead of another note with a flat/sharp/none? [duplicate]

As I understand it, a double flat/sharp mark raises the note by exactly a full step. However, I don't understand why anyone would use this - after all, the exact same note can be represented with a ...
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What are the little “X”'s next to the notes? [duplicate]

This is an excerpt from Etude in C# minor. What do the little X's next to the notes mean? Do I have to play these any special way? Is it an accent mark?
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What does the abbreviation “SA” in my score mean?

In have no idea what the abbreviation stands for nor its interpretation for the singer. The positioning of this abbreviation sits atop the staff sometimes. I could only find the (multiple) ...
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How to write this glissando/arpeggio for orchestral harp?

I want to end my piece with the following orchestral harp glissando/arpeggio (not sure which term best applies), starting with Ab2 on the fourth beat, using only the first and fifth note of each ...
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Tempo Markings following rit and rall [duplicate]

Tempo marking following a rit or rall. What is a rit and what is a rall?
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Sheet Music Notation for Pronunciation

I'd like some ideas for adding notation to a piece of choral sheet music for the benefit of unification of vowels, diphthongs, and consonants. We already show breaths with a " ' " and no breath with ...
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Are there established good practices for how to use musical navigation markers correctly?

Guitar tablature software like PowerTab has a "musical direction" feature that allows you to mark certain passages with symbols (coda, segno, double coda, double segno), and then use notations such as ...
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Last notes sound out of key when played lower?

D, G, B♭ B♭, E♭, G C, F, A A, D, F Those sound ok to me but 4th sounds wrong when played low down on piano. Or are they all not right? I've uploaded part of the track. It sounds how I want it to ...
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Correct chord notation for inverted 7ths

I am having trouble composing a piano piece, because i don't know how to correctly notate a specific chord that i have used. The notes are as such in order: C,F,A,E The traditional F Major 7th chord ...
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What does “Saltino” mean?

Does anyone know? The piece is for piano.
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How to clearly notate tuplets, both “simple” and “complex,” in irregular meters

(There's a bunch here, sorry. I've used bold text to outline the flow of the main content of the question.) Basically, I'm transcribing the rhythms of a song, mostly in a 6/4 & 4/4 feel, though ...
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What is the meaning of this small vertical line?

During this question about "China Gates" by John Adams another question came up: What is the meaning of the little vertical line in bass clef bar 4 in front of the C? The same mark re-appears ...
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Switching between voices on a multi-instrument staff

I’m writing a passage for a 5-line percussion staff that includes both a bass drum and clash cymbals. I know to write each instrument in its own voice, and this is what I have currently [written in ...
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When/should I add breath marks to my woodwind/brass score?

I have two questions concerning how a composer writes breath marks in their score for brass/woodwinds: First: Is it required that the composer notate breath marks where players can/should breathe, or ...
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When to use tied notes vs. an unconnected “laissez vibrer” (l.v.) tie?

Consider this little passage on the orchestral bass drum (time is 4/4), where bars 62 and 63 are meant to be played identically: I want to indicate clearly that the third note (second 8th) is meant ...
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Difference between a mordent and an appoggiatura in Chopin's Waltz in A minor (op. posth.)

The following are bars 34 and 35 of Chopin's Waltz in A minor (op. posth.) If I understand the notation correctly, the mordent in bar 34 should be played C#, D, C#. Why is it denoted differently than ...
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Origin of Roman Numeral Analysis

Out of curiosity, I was searching for the origin of Roman Numeral analysis and the only online source I could find was this passage in Wikipedia: Gottfried Weber's Versuch einer geordneten Theorie ...
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Timpani Choke Notation

I'm writing a timpani part for a concert band score. I've seen timpanist "choke" the note with their hand (on the head) after striking it to stop it from sustaining. How can I notate this?
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Notating the diminished Scale

For example in the C diminished scale: do I use a ton of accidentals or should I come up with some weird key signature that has something like a D# and use the C# as an accidental on the line of C?
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Is dictating a score from memory a good way to test if the piece is memorized?

My RCM ARCT Performer's Piano exam is one week away, and at my last lesson I had trouble memorizing Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major (K 333). As you may know, memorization is compulsory for the ARCT ...
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How should I notate this chord?

This small dilemma I'm having right now is dealing with a problem many jazz musicians face: chord notation. The notes in the chord (in ascending order) are as follows: C Eb(D#) F Ab(G#) Bb Would I ...
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Is this the wrong way of analysis?

This is a piece from the 16th century by Thomas Tallis called "If ye love me". I started by coloring the sentences in the different voices to make it more visible to me. I think this was a good way, ...
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Difference between half note and quarternote with quarter rest

This may seem like a very stupid question, but I am just learning music by myself. I want to understand what is the difference between (1) playing a half note and (2) playing a quarter note and a ...
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How to play D.S. al fine with an A and B part

I have two pieces where on one of them there is an A ''part'' and a B ''part'' and at the end it says D.S al fine My question is how do I play this? In what order?? (Picture included for this piece) ...
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What is this unfamiliar notation?

The notation I've indicated in the red box in the attached image, what does it really mean in music context?