Questions tagged [notation]

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Symbols “M”, “C”, “D”, and “P” in Guitar Tablature

I was reading a songbook by Richie Kotzen, and in the song "Shine" (which he played with Mr. Big), there's a rythm guitar part that goes like this: What do the symbols M, C, D and P mean? I'm pretty ...
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Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement tied notes

I‘m currently playing the 3rd Movement of Moonlight Sonata and noticed myself always hitting the last note in Measure 22 (f##) even though it is a tied note. I never thought about not playing it, ...
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How to move the measure line to a specific note in New SmartMusic composer?

I want to move a bar line to a note so that I can loop from the point and so I don't have to write the whole section over again.
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Understanding Hammer-on Guitar Tab from the book “The Neo Soul Guitar Book”

I got this book "The Neo Soul Guitar Book" and they have audio files and videos, all helpful. But I just can't understand how musical notation or guitar tabs should be read here. Just the ...
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Are these diagonal dotted lines legitimate notation?

I came across this score with diagonal dotted lines: Source: https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0016239 Compare with this more typical voice-plus-instrument score of the same song: ...
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Begining with solfege. She's leaving home [closed]

I bought a keyboard a couple of years ago (should have done it way before). I've been playing the guitar for twenty years just strumming and singing. but now I bought a new instrument to learn. Also ...
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How to write very high/low notes in G/F clef?

Standard piano music sheets contain G and F clefs, which can display comfortably (without using a lot of ledger lines) around 48 keys C2-C6. I wonder how people write the very high/low notes, i.e., ...
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What is the musical symbol for a single, reverberating note (2-3 sec) in Unicode/HTML?

To be perfectly honest, I've long forgotten my music theory. I'm now a poet and I need a visual way to indicate a single note that reverberates for 2-3 seconds (think of a third-full wine glass gently ...
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What does C.M. mean above a measure?

I'm playing Linus and Lucy and when it changes after the intro and the repeated chords to a different feel and rhythm, there is a C.M. above that measure where it changes. What does this mean?
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I don't understand this rhythm notation

From the bass clef I think the downbeat count is obvious, but on the treble clef is the 1st downbeat on the eighth note? It looks like it, since it is right over the chord. But then why isn't it ...
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Piano arpeggio symbol: split vs drawn through

This may be an obvious thing for more experienced piano players, but I was wondering whether there is a difference between having a single arpeggio symbol that spans both the left and right hand and ...
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“Standard” drum notation alternatives

For the purpose of playing live, working through ("popular") songs involving verse, chorus, bridge, intro, outro, etc., is there a standard notation that drummers use to help them know what to play, ...
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Do first violins go first even in repeating parts

During a feedback session on one of my compositions I was told that the first violins always get the first/more/better/complex notes and themes than the second violins. Even if it means that you would ...
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Alternative ways of notating this example of metric modulation

At 3:08 Seconds into this video (Johnny Winter, Mama talk to your daughter, Live CPH 1971): a hemiola cross-rhythm effect, and the guitar strums and bass temporarily ...
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two symbols (accidentals) on the same note

I'm having trouble learning Moonlight Sonata without a piano teacher. What does a natural notation and a sharp symbol mean in front of the f, which is already sharp in the key signature?
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Where to repeat in this Jingle Bells score?

My son (5th grade) has received this Jingle Bells score. He shall play the treble clef on the piano. The colourful highlighting is mine for the purpose of explanation here. I have played piano ~25 ...
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How to notate this two-voice syncopation in 12/8 time?

Currently working on this composition which is in 12/8 time. I want the rhythm in the left hand to be like this: But the notation looks difficult to read. Also tried this: But the C octave chord is ...
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Jazz lick identification [closed]

I found this lick. I know that it is Jazz lick and I have used "Notes to tab" app and I think that it is in Am but I am not sure. https://pasteboard.co/JxRpKKQ.jpg Thanks for answers!
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Backward-pointing dashed arrow means what?

First time I ever ran into this. It's from a church song book printed in Hungary. In this example there are 4 of these dashed arrows: two seem to point to notes, the other two don't. What are they ...
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Why are the accidentals here written in a rather complex way, when there exists simpler notation?

(Score taken from Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1, Op13, Bassoon part. PDF file from IMSLP.) I'm referring to the second line, starting from the mf. The melody goes on temporarily on another key but the ...
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Piano music notation conventions

In the last two bars, what is the proposed way to play? Is it meant to be played by switching hands? If so, why isn't the notation from the preceding two bars used?
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What does this pedal notation mean for the piano?

I've never seen this pedal notation used before and would appreciate it if someone could help me understand what it means?
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Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?

In piano music how does one indicate that sequential notes in the bass clef are to be sustained with the fingers, not using the sustain pedal? For example, suppose I have the three sequential quarter ...
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I am supposed to play an F#, but there is no sharp sign to suggest it [duplicate]

Given this piece of music: A learning app tells me to play an F# as the 2nd and 3rd note. My concern is that there is no sharp symbol on the 1st space. I figured there is a sharp on the line ...
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Understanding swing-like tempo notation

This is the beginning of Oxygene part IV (by Jean-Michel Jarre). There is a note-equivalence notation (not sure what it is actually called). I do not really understand how this should be applied to ...
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How do you notate a tremolo of indeterminate length?

I've got this lengthy solo passage in my piano piece (a transcription of a symphony, where this is the solo). The right hand plays the solo, and the left hand provides the quietest possible background ...
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How do I write notation for multiple voices?

I'm composing in 3/4 time, and I want to write the left hand piano part so that the first note (of 3) is held for the duration of the measure. The second note comes in on the second beat, and the ...
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note cancelling or what is it called?

i came across a sign on my notation where a note is being played that is G after that there is a note in between e that is open but we first play it and then hammer on it... what is it called ?
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What does one call, and how does one play, two of the same note written next to each other [duplicate]

I came across a note in my theory book; I was wondering is there any special way to play it? What is it called?
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What does 7P mean?

I'm trying to learn the song Ladye Nothynges Toye Puffe by John Renbourn and noticed the following symbol in the book (7P followed by a line). I have tried googling but didn't find anything. Thank ...
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What's the proper notation for holding one note of a chord while playing the other notes staccato?

I want to hold down the A key on the piano for 3 beats. During the first of these 3 beats ONLY the A key is held, but during the second and third beats, I press the C and E keys staccato on the beat. ...
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Is there a standard notation for piano fingering?

Ofcourse there is the notation 1 2 3 4 5 for each finger. But are there other (quasi-)standard symbols for indicating, for example, hand movements, stretching the hand, putting the thumb under, etc.? ...
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What does the L-shaped symbol attached to C5 and G4 on the top staff mean?

I am trying to learn Kiss The Rain by Yiruma, and I am learning from a score published on musescore. Source: https://musescore.com/user/27057308/scores/4838600 I was confused by the L-shaped line ...
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Meaning of “actual notes” above staff

I've been studying The Unanswered Question By Charles Ives and found a peculiarity in the trumpet part. When the trumpet comes in, it has the phrase "actual notes" written above as seen below. I'm ...
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How can I read these cross staff notes?

I'm aware of notes crossing clefs, but I've never seen it being used like this before. For the record, the song is in 4/4.
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I'm looking for help both understanding and how to properly notate semiquaver triplets in 3/4 time?

Here is an example of what I am referencing. Here is how it is supposed to sound: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G1tNWeMQ_IADvZ8JITKzK0WIUDPYvMSA/view?usp=sharing I am looking for assistance in ...
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What does a prime mean in figured bass?

What does a prime symbol after a bass figure mean? For example 6' or 6 4' 2? I came across this in a 1956 edition of J.S. Bach's BWV 1035, by Otto Heinrich Noetzel. Looking at the written right hand, ...
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Modern (Hollywood) score convention for Solo & Tutti

I've written my first orchestral score, and I've engraved it, as best I can, in a style to serve recording it by a conductor and orchestra on a sound stage in a short session, Hollywood soundtrack ...
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Raising a note multiple times on a single scale

I have a question. In the image you see that the F is raised twice by a sharp, making it equavalent to a G. Then, the F is raised again by one sharp. This happen within the same measure. Is the latter ...
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Help with fingering on Chopin's Nocturne op. 9 no.2 coda

I am trying to learn this nocturne and this fingering is really confusing to me. Why are three different, consecutive notes played with the same finger? Should I just "hop" from note to note,...
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What do the brackets in this piano score mean? [duplicate]

What are the brackets indicated in this measure? And why is number 1 in front of G in the 3rd bead right hand ?!! EDIT: The piece in question here is "Fröhlicher Landmann" ("The Happy ...
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Why is the bass clef indicated twice on the same line in this Bartok piece?

Here's an excerpt from the piece Chromatic Invention from Bartok's Mikrokosmos, volume 3, page 39. I don't get why at the end of the lower line the bass clef indication is repeated. Is this "for ...
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Two different symbols on Autumn Leaves sheet

Source I rectangled these two notations on score. What does these two notations mean?
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Articulation for shortening a note/silence [duplicate]

I want to ask is there an articulation that is opposite from 'Fermata'. In other words I don't want to change the time signature? What I want the particular note/silence should go faster then the ...
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Lead sheets / fake sheets without score

Several of the groups of people I play music with use song sheets that are similar to lead sheets, but without the stave showing the melody line: Note that unlike many chord sheets you can find ...
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Effective way to notate triplets

I was directed by America Luke to this forum site. I hope this is the correct place. I have a score with a lot of triplets. It's awkward to write always \times 2/3 {c16 d e} \times 2/3 {d e f}. ...
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Why is the Proper Sarum mode notated differently than it sounds (in the Yattendon hymnal)?

For context, image 1 is where I found this tune in another hymnal, and it looks like a sort of free-flowing attempt at notating (in standard notation) how a choir or congregation would sing. Images 2 ...
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How to notate a quick open and close hi-hat?

How do I notate a hit on the hi-hat where the drummer opens the hi-hat when the stick hits the cymbal and immediately closes it?
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How do you notate the augmented 6th chords with chord symbols?

If we I want to analyze a a piece by Beethoven e.g. with an Italian 6th chord (iv aug6) the notes are the first inversion of F#,Ab,C => Ab,C,F#. So what chord symbol is correct? Is it F#b3b5/Ab ... ...
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Any tips for reading sequencer piano roll notation?

I'd like some hints reading piano roll notation in Cubase LE. At the moment when I see the vertical piano keyboard on the left-hand side of the window I'm sort of turning my head, imagining it ...

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