Questions tagged [sheet-music]

Musical notation in written or printed form. Questions asking people to find or transcribe (make) sheet music for a particular song are off-topic.

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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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How would I go about playing lead sheets?

I am very confused on lead sheets at the moment. First of all, in this lead sheet, how would I play this. Would I play the chords as the harmony, and the notes as the melody, or would I do something ...
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Why is vibrato rarely marked in vocal sheet music?

I've never seen markings to sing with vibrato in sheet music but I hear it all the time in country music.
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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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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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Is the first 20 seconds of the first song similar to another song that came out during the 1960s? [migrated]

I was recently listening to this album and I feel like I heart a similar tune to that of the first 20 seconds of the first song. Is the first 20 seconds of the first song similar to another song that ...
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Same notes above each other [duplicate]

Ii was looking to some, for me, more advanced sheet music and I found that there are 3 note lines. The problem, which got me confused, were the same notes above each other. (see picture). How is this ...
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Is there a non-verbose way to notate finger sustained notes in LilyPond?

I recently started learning LilyPond and am trying to notate finger sustained notes as described in Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?. I would be fine ...
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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 transcribe a loop of several bars without affecting other voices?

It's actually a repetition of repetitions. I've already used abbreviatons for the latter. But now, I dont know what I could use for the "master loop". I made the first bar and repeated it ...
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Why does G# sound right when my melody is in C major?

I composed the following melody using notes from the C major scale. In the third bar a G# (Ab) seemed a natural choice to complete the loop, but I don’t understand why. G# is not in C major nor its ...
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How would I notate this custom repeat scenario with sheet music?

I am composing a song, 8 measures in verse and 8 in chorus. I also have a 8 measure instrumental I would like to include after the second verse and before the second chorus. For the life of me I can'...
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Notes of identical pitch on the same beat [duplicate]

In this measure of music from a piano accompaniment for Les Mis, This measure confuses me: On the third beat, There is an F played with two rhythms, a dotted eighth note as well as a sixteenth note, I ...
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In the "Puff the magic dragon" piano sheet music is the slur being applied to both staves?

In the image below, concerning the third slur, I am trying to figure out if I should be playing both hands legato? Two reasons for that: The melody is traveling between the two staves. The first few ...
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Having trouble identifying the chords of sheet music

I've been having a problem trying to find the chords of sheet music. For example, the song, All the Things You Are. Question: How did the person writing this know what chord is in each measure, it's ...
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Does this accidental before an acciaccatura also apply to the main note?

This is the climax from John Kember's "Happy Feet" for solo piano (annotations are mine): On the final beat of this excerpt, there's an octave interval (#2, #3) in the right hand, with an ...
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A problem with understanding Time signature

I'm not pretty good when doing aural analysis, but I can't seem to get the hang of time signature. My teacher said 4/4 is the most common time signature, and I could take a big gamble in writing 4/4 ...
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How to self teach myself sheet music reading (for piano)?

I am a self taught pianist, I play mainly by ear and I look for tutorials or synthesia on YouTube. However, sometimes some pieces do not have a synthesia and are really subtle to play by ear (ex. ...
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Horn & Trumpet and Key Signatures

In reading from 100 Orchestration Tips by Thomas Goss, I've come across a tip which I'm perfectly happy accepting, but (perhaps as I'm not a horn player nor a trumpet player) I do not understand. 34. ...
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What is this violin ornament? [duplicate]

The picture below is 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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Is there a standardized way to write sheet music for musical spoons?

The spoons are a percussion instrument common in folk music around the world. Often, the spoons can create lines similar to a snare drum cadence, but with the addition of different body strikes and ...
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Musical notes for single string lead acoustic guitar [closed]

Question Edited I wrote the guitar strumming notes of a song on a music street on one staff, now I am trying to write the lead notes on another staff. The lead part consists of single string notes. I ...
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"Impossible" piano fingering in Sondheim

Here is a bit from the standard piano arrangement of Sondheim's "Loving You" (from the Musical "PASSION"). This is near the start of the song (measure 9). The key is D-flat major (...
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How should guitar strumming patterns be represented in music notation?

I am new to sheet music and I am basically a programmer. I am trying to blend technology with music and display the tabs on the screen like so for my son's YouTube channel. Now I want to integrate ...
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Beam on top and beam at the bottom on a music sheet

I am new to sheet music. I am trying to recreate in Guitar Pro, corresponding to guitar strumming, the music sheet notation of the picture below. The timing is 4/4 and tempo is 120. I am unable to ...
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Is there a way of actually opening hairpins in LilyPond?

I need this for an Ossia staff that only appears for a single bar, like this: The real hairpin starts before that bar (like the 2nd one), but spanning the hairpin where the lower one starts doesn't ...
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How are backup vocals notated in sheet music (score order)?

Many pop songs have a lead singer singing over instrumentals. However, on certain phrases, the singer may be joined by a backup singer who sings the same words and rhythm but harmonizing above. How ...
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What is the generalized terminology for continuous changes?

In some musical dimensions, termini and notation for continuous changes are common: Melodic (pitch): glissando, portamento, doit, fall Dynamic (volume): crescendo, diminuendo (alias decrescendo) ...
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What is the symbol above this note?

What does the following symbol mean?
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What would be the octave/octaves to start playing on with piano sheet music if not told where to start? (without 8va or 15ma) [closed]

So, I am rereading the past things I did in a book that is for learning piano, it gives you an explanation for something or just something new and then it applies it with some sheet music for some ...
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Music notation: Left side dot

What's the meaning of the highlighted left side dot? I found it in the tango Almagro by Vicente San Lorenzo (lyrics by A. Timarni). It looks too clean to be noise in the score capture.
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I'm not sure if I'm executing these instructions on piano time signature correctly

I'm learning piano on my own and I'm using a workbook (Ben Dunnett). Below is the link to my interpretation of what this task is asking (video on YouTube). I know I've played this in common time as I'...
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In Sibelius ManuScript language example, why will the Run method not run?

I am learning to write Sibelius plug-ins by working my way through the ManuScript Language Reference (see File > Plug-ins > ManuScript Language Reference). Unlike other scripting languages I use ...
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How to know what string to play on the violin if it does not show it on the sheet? [duplicate]

How to know what string to play on the violin and hand position for a classical piece if it’s not shown on the music sheet especially seen in these old music sheet pieces?
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(beginner question) If the first E is natural, is the 2nd E also a natural? (Or put another way, are the E's in the same or different bars?)

Is the 2nd E natural like the 1st E? I asked a similar question earlier today: If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo) ...
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What are the benefits of using no beams in simple vocal melody? [duplicate]

I've noticed some of my favorite musicians went out of their way to use no beams while writing vocal melodies. Why would they choose to exclude beams? There are beams in the music but not the vocal ...
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Why is it so hard to learn sheet music for someone who plays by ear? Any tips?

For as long as I've been playing piano, I've always played by ear and I can replicate a lot of songs/pieces after I hear them a few times (I have synesthesia and I might have perfect pitch), but I ...
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What is meaning of “concert” in this musical theatre score?

In rehearsals for a production of American Idiot musical and this reference to “concert” is in the score. My guess is this means male parts should sing in the written concert pitch instead of an ...
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Is this 3/4 at 270 BPM or 6/8 at 90 BPM? [closed]

So im composing a song called "Consonant Dissonance II" (You can listen to the first one), and I hear it as 270 BPM 3/4 but I dont know if it is correct to notate it as that. (Sorry if the ...
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Do accidentals apply to notes in the same measure but in different octaves? [duplicate]

In a work by Leonarda (1693) I find that there are octave leaps at a cadence with an accidental sharp on the first note but no explicit accidental on the lower note. Surely the lower note should also ...
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How do rhythm and melody compete and cooperate to define the horizontal space of music?

I have some conceptual trouble understanding the differences between rhythm and melody. I get that harmony is the vertical dimension of music (thinking in terms of sheet music or a piano roll view in ...
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What is the duration of chords shown on top of a measure

In the image, there is an A Major over the first measure. Should it be also played over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th measures even though the chord is not written on top? Until the D chord in the 5th measure?
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Is it ok to use irregular key signatures for neutral scales?

So for 24-TET neutral scales is it correct to use irregular key signatures? or do I need to use a minor with accidentals or something?
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What are the numbers below the notes in Sarasate's "Gypsy Airs"

I would like to know what these strange numbers below this legato section of the violin solo sheet of Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20, measure 7 denote. I know ...
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I'm looking for music Transposition and tablature software applications [closed]

Is there any free, open source software to use in music transposition and tabbing? I'm on latest Windows. Thanks.
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Curved line that connects treble staff and bass staff [duplicate]

I'm new to piano and have stumbled across a bent line that connects notes on the treble staff and bass staff. What does it mean?
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Beatles, "She's Leaving Home", Chord Question

Beatles, "She's Leaving Home", Chord Question In the first line there's an F#m7, but when I was figuring out the chords while listening to the song, it sounds like an Amajor to me. F#m7 - ...
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How do you exactly notate in 31-TET?

So I always wanted to compose a song in 31-TET inspired by a song I heard on musescore some months ago, the thing is that I didnt know how to notate in 31-TET, so obviously i want to learn.
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Why does my clarinet play a "Bb" when the music shows a "C" and I finger for a "C"? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and was doing fairly well until I tried to play a tune with my granddaughters on flute and piano. My clarinet was not in tune with their instruments. I have ...
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Is there a misprint on this note in the Maple Leaf Rag?

When I play bar 11, it sounds off. Compare to bar 15, you can see that the 2nd chord for the left hand is different. Is the second chord for the left hand in bar 11 a mis-print?

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