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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How much is convention when it comes to time signatures?

I know that in 3/4 you group eights by two and in 6/8 you group them by three. My question is simply, is this simply a convention or could I derive this from the time signature itself somehow? Or is ...
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Fermata tie confusion

Can someone help me understand what the circled notation is instructing in this simple piece by Markham Lee? Are the notes tied? I'm confused as how they can be tied and staccato at the same time.
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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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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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What do square brackets around one or multiple accent marks mean?

Here's the phrase in question: It comes from Dvořák's Slavonic Dances op. 46, no. 7, in a piano duet arrangement. I do not know the arranger; the YouTube video was not clear about that, but I think ...
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fingering for a piece

I am a self learner on piano, merely from web materials.. I am trying to learn this piece. https://musescore.com/torbybrand/scores/4561016 I compared the music sheet and the fingering used by the ...
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Is it correct to write a score that repeats a phrase with 1 different bar at the middle like this?

I have a phrase that need to be played twice but there's a bar at the middle is different for second time. Can I write the score like this? Is this correct? Thank you very much.
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Arrow over notes

In this music for the violin, the strange sign on top of both E-flat on measure 74 confused me, as I have no idea what it is, and it is not exclusive to just E-flats, as it is also present in an F and ...
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Negative notes in sheet music

I am new in playing a violin, and in the recent sheet music that I got, there was a number over the music. Normally these are figuring charts, but the numbers were negative, that is, there was a minus ...
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musicnotes.com sheet music question

This question is in regards to sheet music from sites, such as musicnotes.com. I am wondering, for the purposes of studying melody and harmony in pop songs, what type of arrangement you would suggest ...
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When to use different type of chords in composition?

I want to know when to use (i.e., situation and feel) different type of chords listed below. Could you please help me to know that? Major - Bright - Happy Feeling, Minor - Dull - Sad feeling, ...
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Finding the corresponding chords from sheet music

I am a beginner in reading sheet music. I can understand what each notes are and one stave has a G clef and the other an F clef. I am trying to solo this on guitar and was wondering if there is a ...
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How to Identify Title of Piece from Sheet Music [closed]

I have a piece of music that I'd like to find the title of but I only have a midi transcription. Shazam or something like it won't work because it's some sort of classical(? I really have no idea) ...
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What does it mean when there is a slanted line in between notes?

In a piece of music that I played, in one measure there was a slanted line connecting two notes, kind of like a slur, except it was straight and it was diagonal, and it wasn't touching the notes, just ...
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I don't recognize the symbol on top of this note. What is it, and how does it affect the note?

This is a picture of the note and the symbol. It's part of a blues trombone solo. I would like to know what the symbol is and how I should play it.
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What are these feathered arrows in Schmitt’s triads?

What do these feathered arrows mean?
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Is there a reason an arranger/composer will choose a particular chord voicing when charting chords for guitar on a particular song?

When I look in music books for guitar or chord arrangements (or tabs) online for songs I want to learn to play on guitar, I notice that often a specific voicing for each particular chord is indicated. ...
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Notes with different duration on the same voice

I am a beginner piano student (by my own). Studying the sheet music for the song "The cranberries - Zombie" I came across to this part: (G and F clef) Talking about G clef: What I understand is, you ...
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Piano and Guitar are the same music sheets?

I want to start learning piano. My friend said all my guitar lessons sheets can be played on a piano and that I would not have to buy sheet music for the piano. Is this true?
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Does the diatonic scales D major, A major, E major and B minor implement the same notes used by the pentatonic F-sharp minor scale?

The F# minor pentatonic scale notes are: F# A B C# E. Now I want to know if the D major, A major, E major and B minor scales (all diatonic) implement all the notes used by the F# pentatonic ...
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When does one use an extra stave for piano music?

In complex piano music, one sometimes notates the notes over an additional stave - though I cannot say for sure I always know the reason. Here's an example from Stravinsky's Firebird, arranged by ...
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Identifying symbol in Claude Debussy’s Claire de lune

Can someone please let me know what the jagged line connecting the top note to the bottom note is?1 Footnotes 1 p. 14 Reference Debussy, Claude. Suite bergamasque. Ed. Fromont, E. Paris, 1905.
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Where can I find accurate traditional sheet music online? [closed]

A lot of the sites I see are arrangements or versions transcribed by others; although this is somewhat good, I am looking for more accurate sources for traditional songs in the category of; Holiday/...
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The key signatures C-flat minor and G-flat minor: do they exist? [duplicate]

Do the key signatures C-flat minor/G-flat minor exist? If yes,what notes are used in them, and they are rarely or frequently used in classical music? Also: DO these keys exist 9((not theorethical) ...
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In a piece for piano and vocals, when I move the vocal part down an octave do I also need to move the piano part down an octave?

I'm a (not so experienced) guy and would like to try and learn a piece that has both a vocal part and a piano part. Since I'm a male, I think I need to sing the piece from the image I've attached (...
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How differentiate a song between major and relative minor scale (E.g differentiate B major from G# minor)? [duplicate]

Since the major scales and their relative minor uses the same key signature, how differentiate a major song from minor? Below is a screenshot of a sample from musescore (the key signature is used for ...
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What does the 8 under the treble clef of the tenor part mean? [duplicate]

I have a piano theory exam coming soon and I have a question about the modern vocal score in open score. Usually, under the treble clef of the tenor part, there is an 8, but sometimes there isn't. How ...
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When does bar-line go down?

I have a piano theory test real soon and it will require writing modern vocal score in open score. When I see examples of open score, sometimes the bar lines go through the 4 parts, and sometimes ...
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Why does Musescore not allow saving scores online?

I'm trying to save my scores at the Musescore site. In 2014 it was permitted but now you can't upload or even download scores for free any more. Does anyone know an alternative ?
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Read sheet music trouble [duplicate]

I'm new. I got some trouble when read this song, I don't know Bm(b5) meaning. Also some word "Bb" "Dm",... I know it suggestion note make from chord in treble & bass clef. But sometime it lack a ...
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Upside-down up-bow

I have a piece here, that uses upside-down up-bows, that I have never seen before. Since I know other editions of the same opus, I can tell that they have the meaning of a normal down-bow. Does anyone ...
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What does a long arrow pointing up and down mean in an organ score?

What is the meaning of this symbol (long vertical arrow) in old organ notation?
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LilyPond - how to write a basic makefile

During the last years I tought myself to write scores using LilyPond and furthermore to make file handling easier by using Bash scripts. Recently I started a project a little bigger than only one or ...
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Marking a section of measures as optional

Is there an "official" way of marking a section of measures as optional? I'm not talking about an ossia, but defining a whole consecutive set of measures as "include according to preference". I'm ...
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LilyPond - changing the output format and resolution of a preview image

I use the folowing command to get preview images of my scores: lilypond -d preview -o preview/ my_file.ly -d sets the output to the first line including titles -o to select a different output ...
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LilyPond - change tuplet bracket to a small bow

I have a Cello piece from Sebastian Lee, that uses quite a lot of tuplets. My snippet with the default LilyPond setting looks like this: this looks pretty nice, the problem is that a beginner could ...
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How are names of enharmonic notes determined?

In our current 12TET system, is it really incorrect to refer to E♭ as D♯ if one mentions them standalone with no reference to tonality? I understand how the notes in a diatonic scale are ...
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How to express in sheet music that pedals and dynamics are “on” the performer

I transcribe music into sheet music. In a piece of music I am working on it is imperative that the performer him/herselves decides how he/she uses piano pedals and dynamics (the music must be '...
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Anacruses, Bar Lines, and Line Breaks

I am an amateur composer. Page layout is important to me; I like the line breaks to be significant punctuation to the score. i.e. the end of: sections, parts, phrases, lines of verse/lyrics, are ...
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What is the difference between marcato and forte?

What is the difference if a note is marked with forte (f) or if it's marked with marcato (^)? Would it sound differently?
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Need help reading piano sheet music

I'm a newbie and trying to make this piece of music in FL Studio, but I'm having trouble reading this piano sheet. How am I supposed to read the parts where the notes are zigzagging with each other ...
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Piano 2 notes at the same time [duplicate]

How the flip do you play these 2 keys at the same time? Is it like that you hold it with another finger, or acts kinda like a ghost note?
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Can the treble clef be used instead of the bass clef in piano music?

I have been learning the piano for a few months now and I am having trouble learning the bass clef. I have played other instruments that use the treble clef so I know it well. Can the bass clef be ...
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Repetition sign at the end of a sequence using endings

I have the following 7 measure sequence: To play it I go 1,2,3,4,5 repetition sign 2,3 use 2nd ending so 6,7. But at this point there is another repetition sign (the one at the end of the sequence) ...
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Gb with polychord next to it2/#4?

So, I'm arranging a medly and I'm very new to music, so sorry if this is common knowledge but... I found this chord I understand it means to add 2 and #4 but, I don't know what it is called. If ...
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Thinking about the notes when playing a piece

I've been a guitar player for 8 years now and I've started to learn the piano recently, which led me to get more into music theory and score reading. When I learned a song on the guitar, I used to ...
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Green onions transcription

https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/green-onions/7837 Which one of these transcriptions is more correct; the first one or second one? It seems the key isn't written correctly in the HD piano ...
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What does the 1.-5. notation mean at the top right corner? [duplicate]

What is the 1.-5. notation in the top right corner telling me to do?
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How do I play two notes high and low together with a plectrum on guitar?

In the second bar, there is a high E and low C to be played together. If you need to play this on a guitar with a plectrum, how do you do it?
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Basic Accidental Question

Example: You have d major scale but you make a c flat accidental, does it just naturalize c back to its basic form or make it an enharmonic b? Ive tried searching on google but found nothing. It's ...