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Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor rest symbols in m. 33-41 seem to be unnecessary?

The rests in these measures (see arrows) seem to be unnecessary? Whenever there is a quarter rest for this "voice", there is a quarter note in the "main" voice of LH. And whenever ...
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Linking quaver and semiquaver beams over a rest with LilyPond

I am transcribing the Sentimental Tango for four hands by Vasha Azarashvili. And I'd like to obtain this: But my code (in Italian, but surely you get the point) \language "italiano" <...
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How would I number my measures for my solo? [duplicate]

How would I number the the top line, since the first measure is basically 1/2 of a measure, would I still put 1? The measure or 2 after the 2-4 are half measure, but two half measure make one so would ...
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Adding special text, signs, symbols, and marks, to LilyPond scores

What is the best way to add special text, signs, symbols, and marks for multi-measure rests, rehearsal marks, segno, and coda symbols, in LilyPond code?
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How do I add a rest in SmartMusic's Compose?

I've just started learning SmartMusic's Compose feature whereby I can create my own musical score. I'm starting with Mary Had a Little Lamb (the hello world program equivalent for any music notation ...
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How do you draw a quarter rest with a pen/pencil?

It seems to me that the quarter rest we see everywhere was drawn with a calligraphy pen. I don't have one of those — I have a sharpened/mechanical pencil or a ball-point pen. So usually when I try to ...
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What is this notation that looks like a hat above the stave? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble finding what this notation means:
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What do you call it when a song constantly adds prominent rests? (like the example given)

Check out the first 25 seconds of (Romance in the Night Sky [Touhou]). As is immediately obvious, it keeps hitting you with rests in a weird rhythm that completely ...
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Whole bar rest in 6/8 time? [duplicate]

Can one expect to find a semibreve rest in 6/8 compound time?
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Same full bar rest in any time signature? [duplicate]

Can you use a full bar rest for any time signature? If you can't, which rest would you use to cover a whole bar with a time signature of 9/4?
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What is this mirrored rest? [duplicate]

I haven't seen this mirrored rest before (from Gymnopédie No. 1). What does it mean? How long of a rest is it?
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What is this musical symbol (inverted "Z" inside a staff)

Can anyone identify the symbol circled in the image below? It's from a piece of piano music.
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1, are the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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Misplaced rest in triplet

LilyPond beginner here. I am trying to set an easy shuffle beat rhythm for the drums as follows: \version "2.24.2" \new DrumStaff { << \new DrumVoice {\voiceOne \drummode{\...
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Logic Pro X - How do I enter a triplet rest in the score editor?

I'm trying to enter the following into Logic Pro X: but I don't know how to enter the rest as a triplet. Any idea?
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How to finish the bar with rests

Can you help me check these two bars? Did I finish these bars with rests correctly? Or haven't I handled these dotted eighth notes correctly?
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Why don't most lead sheets notate rests? [closed]

All of the Mel Bay books, My Gene Autry songbook, and I'm sure many others do not indicate rests for the entire song. At the end of a four bar lyrical line they just place a whole note when it is ...
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Beam break and rest height problems in ABCjs

In the below ABCjs sample: X: 1 T: Symphony No. 7 C: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) R: Langsam (Adagio) M: 4/4 L: 1/4 K: Bm [F,^G,B,D]/z//[F,G,B,D]///[F,G,B,D]/// [F,G,B,D]/z//[F,G,B,D]///[F,G,B,D]/// !///...
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What are the guidelines/rules for notating rests?

I know there are rest notation rules in theory, and I’m curious to know what they are, as I’ve never learned them. I read somewhere, for example, with ‘cut time’ there’s not supposed to be dotted ...
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Do all voices deserve rests, or can I tactically omit rests?

The voice 3 (magenta) plays for just two semiquavers at the end of the bar: should I add a series of rests for that voice? it's hard to understand which rests belong to which voice when rendered in ...
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In keyboard style harmony should there be a rest for each voice?

Here is a picture, and you can see the melody voice has a rest for the last 8th note, but I also added a rest for the alto and tenor. Is this correct, or would one rest have been ok?
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Unplayed 2nd voice in notation - spaces or rests?

In transcribing a work for piano with two voices in each staff, I've come across a passage in which there are two voices in the LH staff for some duration, but in one measure there is only one voice ...
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What do these rests mean? Carcassi Etude no. 1 op. 60 (Guitar)

What do the the quarter note rest and the half note rest in the first measure mean? Full score PDF I listened to the piece and they play the D and G notes the rests are under. It is just pointing out ...
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Rests in classical guitar notation

I'm reading a book by David Braid — Play Classical Guitar. Everything is going smoothly until I get to the part on rests, here's the part that confuses me: Let me first explain what I understand: Exr-...
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Rests & Their Usefulness in Drums

Well, I'm a drummer. I've been drumming for the past three years. I can read sheet music and I have this question. What's the point of having 'rests' in drums. I mean, why can't you leave the part ...
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Tie instead of a Rest in Keyboard Staff notation

I am learning keyboard notation. I want to know why a tie is used across bar lines. Why can't they use a rest in bar 2?
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Proper way to notate a half measure rest in between sections

I'm working on a score in 4/4 and would like to insert a half-measure rest in between sections. What would be the most appropriate/readable way to do this? Switch to 2/4 and back, like this: Or just ...
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Rests in 10/16 time

I am confused about a solution to a question in my music theory exercise book. The answer is shown in an image below (the one in 10/16 time). From what I understand, the rests should fit into the ...
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Reinforcing meter when dealing with alternating 1/8 and 1/16 notes and rests

Below is an excerpt from a not very well known piece (in 4/4 time) that prominently features abuses ornament notes: In an attempt to simplify the piece (which is full of similar ornamentation) while ...
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How many beats does a quarter rest get in 3/4 time, and how do you count it?

How many beats does a quarter rest get in 3/4 time, and how do you count it? I think it would be 1/2 beat. I also wanted to know what note this is and how many beats does it get in 3/4 time.
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How to write rests in triplet semiquaver groups

In the second bar of this exercise, I have to add the correct rest into a triplet semiquaver group: Do you have to use separate semiquaver rests like I have done, or could I have used one quaver rest ...
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Rules for notating rests in tuplets

Here are some examples of rhythms with rests in tuplets: The first line shows 3 ways to notate the same rhythm. The second line shows 2 ways to notate another rhythm. The third line shows 4 various ...
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Origin of the 'squigly line' used for quarter note rest?

This has been driving me nuts - I can't find a single thing on the net that would indicate why the quarter rest is penned the way it is. Did it evolve from some initial or abbreviation or was it ...
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How does the Kodaly rhythm method handle rests?

I am intrigued by the simplicity of Kodaly's 'rhythmic imitation' method which supports the lyric flow. And, I have been investigating how Kodaly would have equally imitated the 'rest' values with the ...
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Rest at the beginning of a score in musicxml

I've been studying diverse musicXML files with MuseScore and I've found that usually rest notes are easily represented and visible in its musicXML file. Yet, I found this 'repeated rest' at the start ...
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What is the meaning of this notation that looks like a rest superimposed on a note?

In the picture below, it looks like there is a rest superimposed on top of a note. What does this mean?
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Rest above a note in a piano piece

I am playing a piece and wondering, what the heck is this rest doing here above this note? The piece is in 3/4, so I see no purpose in the 1/4 rest. I've been googling around but did not find any ...
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What is this violin ornament? [duplicate]

Pictured below is an excerpt from Sibelius’s Tapiola, (Bar 460): It looks to me like a trill/mordent on its side, to fit into the condensed score. But is it?
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Dotted rests and rhythm

Suppose I have a 9/8 time signature and I need to a put a rest somewhere which is worth a dotted crotchet (quarter note). Do I write a crochet (quarter note) rest with a dot, or do I write a crochet (...
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Adding missing rests to 9/8 meter

I am trying to figure out the missing rests in a couple of bars with the time signature 9/8. I think for the first bar there will be a dotted quarter rest. I am not too sure about the next one. Any ...
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Problem Understanding Specific Rules of Adding Rests

I am currently studying music theory via https://mymusictheory.com and I can't perhaps understand the English this teacher is using while trying to explain these two rules of adding rests: If the ...
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Are whole and half note rests supposed to only be written on specific lines?

I've always written the whole note rest on the 4th line of the staff and the half note rest on the 3rd. I always see it that way and never thought much about it until recently a musician with a lot ...
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Insert rest at the start of a measure in MuseScore

I have this: but I want the rest at the beginning of the measure. How do I do that?
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How to add rest above a note in LilyPond

I'm trying to typeset the following snippet of violin music. My first idea was to use two voices here but then I would not be able to make a slur between them. Is it possible without using manual ...
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A rest with a lyric syllable under it? Is this a typo?

I am confused by this passage where a rest has a lyric syllable under it: I do not understand what the singer would do here. Is this likely a typo? The source is a specific edition of Thomas Tallis's ...
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Lilypond "elevation" of rests after two voice passage

After I resolve a two voice passage that involves using \set associatedVoice, rests for the remainder of the piece are higher on the staff than before: The eighth rest at the beginning is lower on ...
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Can I use/when can I use dotted rests in time signatures such as 5/8 or 7/8?

I'm writing a song that changes to 7/8 and I'm wondering if or when dotted rests are appropriate (assuming that dotted rests are appropriate for compound meters).
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Placing rest symbols according the convention of the time signature

I am preparing for a music school entry exam and I am given following problem: In the following example, place the missing rest symbols in the brackets. It's possible, that you have to write down ...
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In 3/2 time why is a whole-note rest used as a bar's rest when a whole note doesn't fill the measure? [duplicate]

A bar's duration is measured in beats and can be represented using a whole note. So, a bar duration in beats is just a whole note. So isn't a 3/2 measure just spilling over? 3 half notes is equal to ...
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Can you use a dotted semibreve rest in 3/2 time?

In an exercise I am doing in 3/2, I am asked to mark the rests used as correct or incorrect. I got an answer wrong and am not sure why. Here is a photo of the answer book and you can see right at the ...