# 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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### Meaning of “chords” in a bar with eight notes

First of all, LaM means AM and Sim means Bm. In the sheet music you will see below, what does mean AM________? Does it mean all the notes I will find on the _____ part will correspond to the AM chord? ...
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### Question about note stopping [closed]

When I play one note in piano, and play another after that, the latter makes the first silent. Does a particular note stops when another note is played , especially in piano?
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### Numbers under a note (guitar) [duplicate]

Hi I am a guitar beginner, can someone help me to understand what does that number (3 under notes) mean?
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### Why is sheet music for guitar different from piano [duplicate]

Why is middle C on guitar music played an octave lower in pitch on guitar than on piano? I can play guitar while reading from piano music on the grand staff with middle C at concert, and it's not any ...
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### Elfen lied OP- Lilium, Transcribed by TehIsher [duplicate]

There are dash lines below notes on the second and third measures do they do anything?
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### Alternate measures in a repeating passage

I've a nine measure passage that repeats with an exception of one measure. So the 1st run plays measure 2A and 2nd run plays measure 2B. Is there notation that indicates this? Or will I have to ...
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### Compound time and tempo indication in quarter note

I am studying a piece, the time signature is 12/8. The tempo indication is "Allegretto, (quarter_note) = 76". I am a bit baffled, as I expected a dotted quarter note. Is this a typo? Or is this ...
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### Chords notation question [duplicate]

An article about Aeolian harmony on Wikipedia begins as follows: Aeolian harmony is harmony or chord progression created from chords of the Aeolian mode. Commonly known as the "natural minor" ...
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### How should I bow this marking?

I have done this dozens of times but still I forget it. How should I play , where the first note is tied to the second and third note as below:
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### Guitar Frequency

I'm using an app to calculate frequency of the guitar strings as far as I know the fundamental frequency of the guitar are listed as :- String Frequency 1 (E) 329.63 Hz 2 (B) 246....
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### Composition and instrumental voices

Can anybody explain to me if modern music follows a similar composition style to four part harmony. What I'm asking is just like in 4-Part Harmony where the bass voice gets the "low-range" or "bass" ...
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### Is the note after a tied note in that same voice always legato?

Is the note following a tied note usually legato (for that same voice) in bach? this is the F♯ minor prelude from the wtc II BWV 883 for example measure 11 in the bass voice there is an F which ...
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### Music notations of sounds, from harmonica?

I have these 2 audio files. They are the sounds of harmonica, from my favourite song, which I like best. The samples are: Sample 1 Sample 2 To create a music sheet for the sounds of harmonica, I ...
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### “Minim Semi-Quaver” Semi Quaver with a space in the note [duplicate]

Hi today I have received audition music for a band for next year but I have a question about some of the notes in the music. They looks like semi-quavers (16th notes) but they have a space in the ...
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### Why is the note name “a” not on any important scale position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is C the base note of standard notation and keys? The note names are derived from the alphabet, which starts with "a". But why is our note "a" not on any important ...
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### How can I set LilyPond's “Point and Click” from Skim to VSCode?

I'm working on on MacOS High Sierra, and I'm trying to use Point and Click so that Skim (PDF viewer) redirects to a specific file/line/column/character/letter/whatever on VSCode. I've found a couple ...
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### Bass measure and treble measure don't add up [duplicate]

I'm having trouble matching the length of the two measures in the image below. All rests are eighth rests. Up until the seventh note group in the bass, things align; note groups 5 and 6 are sixteenths ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Note Timings with numbers above notes [duplicate]

I am learning the piece clair de lune on the piano, and I noticed in some measures there are numbers above the notes. I researched about it and I only saw that numbers above notes are fingerings. They ...
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### Why are accidentals sometimes provided when not necessary? [duplicate]

Here’s an example from Bach’s Fugue in Ab major from WTC book 1: In the last bar of this image you can see they put an Ab in the left hand and a G natural in both the left and right hands. Since ...
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### Making a lead sheet to practise transcription - have a few queries

I'm fairly new to music and have been transcribing melodies in the name of ear training and becoming more fluent with standard notation. I'm presently creating a lead sheet for this song: ...
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### 2 notes played at the same time [duplicate]

I want to create a notation for 2 different notes being played at the same time (half and quarter notes) in which the half note is played at first and the quarter is played at the second half of that ...
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### Unknown Notation - Dotted Half notes connected by three Bars [duplicate]

My question is similar to the one posed here, Unknown notation - thick horizontal bars between notes, but this notation is not exactly the same. In the beginning bars of An der schönen blauen Donau - ...
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### A repeat barline in the middle of a tie

How would I play a tie when a barline is in the middle of it? Here is an example: In the picture, there is a tie, which has a repeat sign in the middle. When I play the repeat inside of the repeat, ...
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### How do you denote a multi-bar repetition in one hand for piano in Musescore 3?

The title already gives my question away. The background is as follows. Imagine having a 4 bar pattern with your left hand, which repeats through your entire song and your right hand does whatever it ...
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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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### Difficulty on deciding when to use grace notes

Writing down exact lengths this is what a piece of my melody (4/8) looks like: I assume this is a text book case of it being better to use a grace note like this: I'm having a bit of a hard time on ...
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### How do I notate for the sostenuto pedal?

In another part of the composition mentioned here, I want to use the sostenuto pedal: How can I notate this?
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### Incomplete key signature - reason and name [duplicate]

I just now encountered the 2nd example of the following: established publisher baroque period the piece is clearly in e.g. c minor (related to e flat major, 3 bs) the printed key signature shows less ...
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### How to play chords notation above staffs on keyboard/piano?

Like this: Yes, I mean figuring out which key my left hand should press. This score (taken from the book FastTrack Music Instruction - Keyboard) marks the left hand finger numbers. But I have lots of ...
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### Rach's Prelude in C Sharp minor [duplicate]

It's been eons since I took piano lessons and I can't remember much of anything regarding markings. Can someone please tell me what that little x is in the third bar of Rach's piece? (Actually, ...
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### A quarter note or an eighths? [duplicate]

Maybe a beginner question - but can't find any information on this and have no one to ask! On the image below - how is the first note meant to be played? How can it be both an eighths and a quarter?
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### How do I play this part in 'Trois pièces brèves'? [duplicate]

How do I play this part on my french horn? From Jacques Ibert - Trois pièces brèves
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### What does the caret symbol ^, mean in guitar tablature?

I'm reading a piece of acoustic guitar music containing both tablature and standard music, and I've come across a symbol I'm unfamiliar with in the tab. ^ The tab shows: 0^24 but the ^ is on top of ...
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### Numbers under a note [duplicate]

I have recently got a new piece of sheet music for the piano. I play the clarinet in band so I have never really had to learn bass clef. I thought I would surprise my boyfriend by playing our song for ...
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### How to draw in a staff a chord containing C and C#

How should one draw in a staff a chord that contains both a note and the same note with an alteration? For example: How would you draw in a staff a chord that contains both C2 and C#2? Addition: Tim'...
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### Mixed triplets and ordinary notes

I'm trying to write out a bar which is in 4/4, and has five crotchet triplets, the last one staccato, followed by a pushed quaver into the next bar (A quaver tied to the next crotchet in the next bar)....
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### Notation question: vertical lines on the staff [closed]

I have neglected to pay attention to the vertical lines on the staff. I know they indicate when to stop, repeat, etc., but I don't know the particulars. I searched the books I have and couldn't find ...
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### What note is this and how many counts does this have? [duplicate]

How many counts do this note get and what is the note called? I’m confused
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### Why is Bach's Cello Suite 1 written in 16th notes

I come from a blues/rock background and play some jazz too. Recently I started to learn Bach's cello suite 1 on bass guitar, and I am confused by the way I am supposed to feel the rhythm. If I were to ...
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### Sheet Music query, a note printed in a bar as half note and quarter note on the same beat [duplicate]

I have searched the internet extensively to find an answer to no avail. These notes cannot possibly be played at the same time so my theory would be the note can be played as a quarter beat or a half ...
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### how to write 32nd notes and rests [closed]

Hi can someone please tell me if I have written either of these correctly? If not please can someone correct me. Thank you! EDIT: In case the question was not clear to anybody let me rephrase: Can ...
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### How can I recognize a rhythmic figure by pressing any key on keyboard

Have you got any suggestions about software that can recognize a rhythmic figure after I tapped it on a keyboard? If Logic Pro X can do it, that would be PERFECT. I mean after I tapped on spacebar or ...
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### What is the internal harmony of this Liszt melody?

This is an exercise taken out of Walter Piston’s Harmony (4th ed). Let me know how you would change my progression. Thanks!
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### key signature # and b [duplicate]

sharps and flats occur in the middle of tunes to change notes from the originals in that key. They are called accidentals. What about when they're used IN the key signature? They're obviously not ...
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### Numbering notes instead of giving them letter names

I wonder why they called notes by names like A..G. Wouldn't it be better to give them numbers? Could this be troublesome or better? E.g., I have numbered notes on my guitar neck in standard tuning as ...