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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Small note in standard notation (not ossia)

In this bar from "Sundown", by Gordon Lightfoot, there is a small note (F): I'm pretty sure it is not an ossia, since it does not occur at the same time as another note, and it does not ...
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Where can I find music written in baritone and mezzo-soprano clefs?

I use C clefs as tools for transposition, and while it's relatively easy to find music written in alto, tenor, and soprano clefs, I've never found a consistent source for music in baritone and mezzo-...
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How can I notate this better in 12/8 time?

Can I write tied notes instead of half notes? tied dotted quarter + an eighth note? If not how can I write this better?
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Rewriting a measure in 6/8

How can I rewrite this? What I did wasn't right, so I was wondering if there was another way to rewrite it. It's in 6/8.
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When transposing songs from major key to minor key, should it be natural minor or harmonic minor?

I noticed that people can transpose songs from major key to minor key vice versa, but I'm wondering that should a major key be transposed to natural minor or harmonic minor? I'm confused
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How to notate a minor chord with added 4th

In C major, notes are G-D-F-A- (G is in the bass). How would one notate this chord? The G is not a pedal tone nor a passing tone. The first time this occurs there is a C pedal tone that is left over ...
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can someone explain me how many beats in my notation in the photo?

I'm confused about notation in my music sheet for my training classical guitar, in this photo there are 2 beats notation (orange circle) but the time signature is 3/4, can someone explain me how many ...
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How to notate an arpeggio that anticipates the beat

The last chord of a piece of music I wrote has an arpeggio in the right hand and not in the left. I want the top note in the right chord to fall on the beat so that it matches with the chord in the ...
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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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How to write a double sharp in a figured bass symbol

Here is an image of the exercise I am doing. I'm supposed to write the figured bass symbol underneath the chord label but I am not sure if this is right. I just put a double sharp next to the 3. Can ...
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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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Convenient notation for doubletime

I am trying to write drum sheet music and I'm not sure if using the following notation, to indicate doubletime over this one is allowed. To me, the first one seems more convenient, especially when ...
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What this is, and how can it be put into Sibelius?

If you look at the bass staff, there is one more 16th note than there should be on a 4/4 time signature. Can someone explain this to me? And what is the number of top of the barline?
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Why is the last semiquaver outside the last triplet of the measure?

The following measure is from "Clair De Lune ~ Adagio Sostenuto de la Sonata Op. 27 N. 2 De Beethoven", guitar sheet music . Correct me if I'm wrong but the last semiquaver isn't going to ...
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How to indicate left hand for piano sheet music

The Chopin - Godowsky Revolutionary Etude No 12 is arranged for the left hand only, and we're only informed about this by a note under the title. Please see the excerpt below: I am currently writing ...
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Why is a third-space C on the staff played on the second-string, 1st guitar fret? [duplicate]

I am reading Classic Guitar for Dummies by Chappell, Jon; Phillips, Mark. Classical Guitar For Dummies® (p. 83). Wiley. Kindle Edition. The question comes from a direct statement in the text, which I ...
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Is there a term for the practice of omitting staves for the measures that have no music in an orchestral score?

Particularly in 20th century "atonal" orchestral music, one from time to time comes across a score in which staves that have no music are not notated with a whole rest, but rather are not even printed ...
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Interpreting Concert Scores

(Perhaps somewhat unusually) I understand how a transposed score works, but I don't understand the details of how "concert score" works – it's not as simple as: show every note at sounding ...
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Notehead direction in keyboard style 4-part harmony

Can someone please explain to me which of the last two chords is written correctly and why? What are the rules for writing the soprano stem going up?
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Rendering 8va and 8vb with Abc notation?

I'm writing up a sheet of music for bass guitar in Abc notation and I'm getting irritated by having to type so many commas to place the notes in the range of the bass. Is there any way to set the ...
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Error and flat notes

Lilypond gives me an error in the second line but I can't find out where it is. Plus in the last line all the F note are flat (ff) but the second F note even if it is written correctely do not show ...
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Note naming system with one unique name per note

Is there any note naming system out there that uses the normal note names for non-accidental notes (A,B,C,D,E,F,G) but has one syllable unique names for the accidental notes? I find it frustrating ...
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Tempo marking for double time

I came across a marking in music where it says that the quarter note = half note and then says double time. I don't understand why the notation implies double time. Can someone explain how saying the ...
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Ignored rest at the beginning of a section

I'm entering some fiddle music into Guitar Pro 7.5 and trying to handle a second section. At the beginning of the second section, the bar is short (only two eighth notes) just like an anacrusis, but ...
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How should you apply the Nashville numbering system when a song is in a non-Ionian mode?

Ordinarily, Nashville numbering is simply used to denote the chords to be played according to the degrees of the scale, and where the chords vary, the custom is to use accidentals or additional ...
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How to show an empty chord in an anacrusus

I'm using Lilypond 2.19.55. I have an anacrusis. The staff and lyrics are fine. How do I define an empty place for a chord? If I don't, lilypond complains. If I use f4, it complains at the c:7 because ...
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Best way to indicate L.H over in piano

I have piano sheet music that has this: But I wanted to change the right hand clef to be lower to get rid of all the ledger lines: But then I realized I could put the left hand over part on the ...
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What is this curve going upwards to a note that's also detached from the previous note? [duplicate]

In Cedric Dent's "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, this symbol appears attached to the note on "-ands." From first glance, it seems like a poorly drawn legato, but there is a ...
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notation for different versions of melody

I have a simple song for which I know two melodies to play. They are not played simultaneously - one has to choose between one of them. What is the common/standard notation for that? As far as I know, ...
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Meaning of a Notation Symbol (

I wonder if anyone can tell me what the curved notation next to the 8th notes are. If it helps, this is a score for saxophone. Thanks.
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two alternatives for one song in a bookpart

I am making a music book where each song is on its own page. The code for each song is: title = ... music = ... \bookpart { \header { title = \title } \score { \music \layout { } } ...
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Lilypond: modifying woodwind diagrams

Regarding woodwind diagram in LilyPond as: \markup { \center-column { \override #'(size . 0.7) { \woodwind-diagram #'flute #'((cc . (oneF two three four five six)) (lh . (...
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Left aligning copyright in Lilypond

Is it possible to left-align the copyright information in Lilypond instead of the default center-alignment?
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Pizzicato notation

I'm trying to figure out what (if any) norms apply to notation for pizzicato. As explained here, we have: Do we not have any symbols used to indicate right-hand pizzicato? I have only seen it ...
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Unknown Ornament Notation - Three horizontal short lines

This nonation appears on Partite diverse sopra l'Aria 'Schweiget mir von Weiber nehmen' by Reincken, Johann Adam, IMSLP #04945.
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What scale comprises D-E-F#-G-A-Bb-C?

I composed a piece of music (more like a few renditions of a theme) that I sat down to transcribe, but it doesn't seem to fit into any scale! (I haven't looked at Japanese scales yet) Bear in mind ...
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Unknown Notation - Brace connect two notes

I dont know what exactly reffering to. Anyone can explaining to me? EDIT: this notation appear on "450 Noëls" by Rouher, Edouard Marcel Victor
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Measure alignment in LilyPond

In LilyPond, why is the first (yellow marked) measure not aligned with the other measures? What is the way to fix it?
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Sharp and flat errors

Why does an error occur during using sharp or flat? I just added a few more notes with "is" or "es" to my code: \relative { %\key g \minor % \...
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Why include both "sempre legato" and slur marks?

In Mendelssohn's 6 Kinderstücke Op. 72 No. 2 "Andante Sostenuto" (See the first 6 bars in the image below) there is the indication to play "sempre legato" and there are slurs as ...
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adding global gap for using woodwing diagrams [closed]

Courtesy to Aaron answer, I did re-write my code and it compiled without any erors or wornings - great. I wonder if it can be use global variable \pad instead of using it for each tone as I wrote: d4\...
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Bar lines in lilypond

I want to control on the locations of the bar lines (yellow marked). I want to move them to any other places when ever I would like to do. its seems to me that bar lines pop up automaticaly... For ...
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lilypond errors

Can someone tells me what wrong with my code? **\version "2.22.1" % this is my first score \language "english" \header { title = "Aint Necessarily So" %...
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Cleaning up syncopated notes

I'm having a hard time on cleaning up following passages: I've been messing around with grace notes, breath marks, but I don't seem to find the right combination to capture the spirit of the ...
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Use of Roman numeral notation when a new key is introduced within original key

I would like to use Roman numeral notation for songs and do not know what to do when the piece transitions to a new key: e.g., from C to E flat major. I know this is basic, but do I try to use the ...
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Rules for naming borrowed chords in Roman numeral analysis

I don't seem to find an extensive resource on how to name out of scale chords in Roman numeral analysis. E.g., let's look at this piece from "All imperfect things" of Michael Nyman: I'm ...
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Wagner Parsifal ouverture, non fitting rhythyms

(click to enlarge image) As a studying method I am making a reduction of Wagner's Parsifal ouverture. In bar 3, the rhythm does not fit. The quarter, dotted eight, sixteenth and half note take up a ...
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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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Is there a highest note representable on sheet music without using an octave higher notation?

Is there a highest and lowest note that can be written on sheet music without using the one or more octave higher/lower notation? In my case for the piano specifically. I want to learn to sight read ...

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