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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Finally about different values of Acciaccatura (8th, 16th, 32th… grace notes)

I spent several days but didn't find a clear explanation on this topic, only blurry ones. It's logical to think that if the following note is, e.g., 16th note, then it's properly to use 16th ...
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How can I easily get (or generate) images of single notes of written music?

Here is an image of what I am hoping to retrieve (or generate) from somewhere: I need something similar for different pitches. I could make screenshots in Musescore (or some other musical editor), ...
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Bow markings in advanced solo string music

I understand that bow markings are important in orchestral music, one reason being to keep players in sync visually. Back when I played viola, my (very basic — grade 4 or 5) music was littered ...
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How to read notes with an “ornate X” notehead for guitar?

I am not sure how to read notes with noteheads that look like a double-sharp (see the image below for an example). So far, I have dicovered that this notehead might be called "ornate X notehead" and ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: 1) Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? 2) If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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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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What is considered best practice for notating three polyphonic voices on a single staff?

Some keyboard pieces (the couple of five-part fugues from Bach's WTC, for example) require cramming five polyphonic voices onto just two staves. Usually this means three voices to either the upper or ...
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What does this music symbol (quadratic notehead) mean?

I found this symbol under this link in the piece "Geistliche Chormusik" Nr. 22 of Heinrich Schütz. I have highlighted the symbol in the middle voice where it appears twice.
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Original sources for note-increment dot

A dot after a note adds half of its duration. This is called a “dotted note”. I am interested in the history of the dot itself. How is it called, and what is its origin. I’m looking for earliest ...
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Canceling the rubato sign

Hi if I write rubato in the beginning of a piece, is there an expression to cancel the rubato from here and further, you need to play on time. In other words not rubato?
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What does a note with no head mean?

There's a piece of notation in a guitar book I'm using that I can't find any information about. The note appears without a head: . I would guess that it symbolizes "play the previous note again" but ...
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Small changes between 1st and 2nd endings

I'm arranging a long(ish) medley of video game music for piano duet, and I'm running into a recurring problem. Most of the movements in my medley have repeat bars, with a 1st and 2nd ending - easy ...
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What notes comprise a (only) “sus” chord?

When reading chords (such as is common in music for guitar), what notes should be played when the music says a "sus" chord without putting a 2 or 4 after it (such as "Csus4" or "Gsus2")? (Assuming we ...
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Playing the same note with left and right hand?

I got a piano piece in which in multiple occasions, it seems it suggests me to play a note with right hand, and then use left hand to press the same key and switch to left hand. How should I play ...
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How should I notate an irregular key signature?

I want to have a key signature that has only the flats of Bb & Gb (I’m working with a Bb mode)
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Is it a mistake to write a “6” (sextuplet notation) over a grouping of three notes?

Like many guitarists I'm not great at reading traditional music notation. I just came across the following bar, and I'm confused: (If anyone cares, this is from the song Sequoia Throne by Protest the ...
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Confusing Bar (Multiple Voices)

I just started learning about composing with multiple voices on the same staff (using piano) and I am quite certain that I understand the basics of how that works, however, I came across this bar in a ...
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Ties - is there a distinction between these two notes?

How would you play this? I think I generally understand how ties work but I'm a bit confused by the marked articulation. Would you hear a distinction between the two notes?
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What does this number 3 next to the note mean?

This is a picture from my sheet for Chopin's Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1. I don't understand what the number next to this note means.
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Notation for Equal Division of an Interval?

In an interview, Jacob Collier talks about microtonal voice leading (dividing a minor 3rd into 4 equal parts): June Lee notates this with a horizontal bracket and a ...
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What does tying an acciaccatura to the principal note with a slur imply?

Note that this is not a duplicate of this question, which asks for a grace note tied to the same principal note. This is more generally about tying grace notes (specifically acciaccaturas) to any ...
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Am I notating this 2 layered staccato right?

How should I notate syncopations happening at the level of the sixteenth note? I'm composing a piece and in the piano accompaniment, there are 2 layers of staccato, one being on beat eighth notes so 1 ...
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Should pickup measures have measure numbers?

I’m in common time (4/4) and I have a pickup measure with only a quarter note in it. Should it have a measure number?
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How to write a beat in a bar with 16th and 32nd notes?

I am trying to find the best way to write this bongo rhythm. I know bongo is usually written on two lines only, or even on one line sometimes, but my bongos are tuned to G so I just use normal music ...
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Harmonic intervals using identical notes [duplicate]

Could someone please tell me how the left hand for the final bar of this piece is played. The time signature is 3/4 and the piece begins with an anacrusis.
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LiliyPond: Is it possible to create an instrument switch that goes from a Staff to a DrumStaff and back?

I'm typesetting a piece where a singer alternates between singing and playing maracas while never doing both at the same time. I would like to use a single stave and make an instrument switch using \...
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Can one use a whole note to span a full 5/4 measure?

I'm transcribing a piano passage in 5/4 time here, and I think I'm doing well so far. I find myself mildly annoyed by having to notate the chords that span the whole measure (first in right hand, ...
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Thoughts on Tuplets vs. Subdivision?

This was a point of interest brought up in the comments to my answer on Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression. In that question, the sheet music has a measure of 4/4 time written ...
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notation: stems in different direction [duplicate]

Should I play G on the 🎼 twice or hold it ? I’m confused how to play the right hand. Help me. Thanks 🙏
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Notation: What Octave is This?

In a piece I am learning the sheet music suggests I should play in one octave, when the piece is performed in a different octave. I need help figuring out the notation. Consider the following piece ...
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What is the symbol for “is the enharmonic equivalent of”?

Say I want to write a statement like this, but in a more compact form: E♯ is the enharmonic equivalent of F♮ What symbol could I use instead of "is the enharmonic equivalent of"? It doesn'...
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What does it mean when there is a slash through the stem of a note? [duplicate]

So, I am a middle school student and have been playing piano for 5 years now, but never have I ever come across something like this. I am learning how to play "River Flows In You" by Yiruma and while ...
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Time signatures [closed]

Can someone explain to me how to mix time signatures as a songwriter? iv'e read several articles suggesting to switch vary the time signature of a piece to give different sections contrast and ...
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B flat 6 arpeggio notation

I am trying to digitize an old piece of music, and I'm confused by a notation that says B♭ arpeggio (photo below). I'm used to apreggios being a wavy line next to the notes, so I'm not sure which note(...
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Notation for bowed instrument to play chord from high to low

On classical instruments like violin and cello a chord notated with three or more simultaneous notes is assumed to be bowed starting on the lowest string to the highest. However, at times chords ...
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Two questions regarding notation in Bach WTC Fugue in C major

Please can someone tell me what the a 4. circled in the image below means? Secondly, I am scratching my head over the following rest. My assumption is that if the treble stave is being played (or ...
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What to call groups of measures?

I'm making a music game. It's a dancing game to electronic music at 120ish bpm in 4/4 time (I'm assuming). I have beats, and 4 of those make a measure. But dancers yell that 5,6,7,8 before dancing, ...
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What is the meaning of S.H. in a harp score?

On this page of Marcel Tournier's Vers la source dans le bois, one sees S.H. in the 8th bar. What does this mean?
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Reading strumming patterns for sheet music

Ok I am not sure how close or far off I am here and IF I am explaining this correctly... When reading sheet music is strumming a down stroke a single note line, and a UD strum when you see both notes ...
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What does the “S” mean?

At first I thought "S" was similar to a glissando, but then there's a spot with an S and a glissando. What does the S mean?
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Series of semiquavers vs staccato quavers

What is the difference between (a) a series of semiquavers with a semiquaver rest in between every pair, and (b) a series of staccato quavers where sound/effect is concerned?
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What is this note? [duplicate]

This is in key of F# major or D# minor, there is a D# in this key, but the D# in this picture has a double sharp sign beside it, so is it a D#(##) (which is an F)?
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How to add rests on top of notes and finger roll notations in Guitar Pro 7?

Please help, i'm really lost and still learning the basics.
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How to interpret this two voice timing? It looks like there are only three notes in 4/4 measure

I am trying to play a song with two voices and something is not adding up in the time signature. In the image below: in the first measure, I see a half note rest (circled in red in the upper left) ...
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Write tenor and alto sax Score along piano

please ! someone help me understand this. I am writing a score for piano and tenor sax in C Major, simple. Now, how do you write the music on the sheet for both instruments In this example, is the ...
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What does this dot and bemol mean?

I am really cofused. Thank you for your answer by now.
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Notation for depressing piano keys without sounding them

This question was inspired by playing around on the piano. I held some keys gently in one hand without letting them sound: sometimes one, sometimes two a fifth apart, and sometimes a major triad. I ...
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Should the “a” in “poco a/à poco” be accented in the original Italian?

This one’s mostly for language nerds: I usually see “poco a poco” spelled without an accent on the “a”, but now and again I see it spelled “poco à poco” – it’s written that way in some scores, and ...
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What is this type of ornament, and how should it be played?

An appoggiatura is a grace note type ornament, that precedes main note it slurred to. When it is played, it takes some time from the main note. An appoggiatura looks like this : and should be ...
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Why was the common time symbol created?

Was it just created to make an easier alternative to writing 4/4?

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