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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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Beginner looking to learn/master musical theory and instrumental ability. Where should I begin?

I have always had a subtle but under the hood feel that music is for me. I've never trained myself nor had any real dedicated musical practice, but I have composed music on my computer. What I don't ...
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How does the staff work above/below the main lines?

With a G clef the pattern seems to be A B C D E F G repeated. Does it repeat for all octaves above/below the main lines as well? Is it the same pattern of semitones added recursively or how does it ...
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Random articulation in sheet music

I have played a few Hal Leonard charts recently and I have noticed on some of them a random articulation mark somewhere in the piece where it would be of no consequence and doesn't seem to make sense. ...
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Guiro part notation using cross notes

Here's a picture of a Guiro part in drum notation: In a Guiro part, what does it mean when there are cross notes? I've seen other Guiro parts elsewhere that use the same line placement but with ...
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Is it common to combine multiple voices in one piano staff, even if they don't fit the time signature?

I'm a beginner/intermediate sheet reader and struggling a bit with a current piano piece ("He sleeps" from Pretty Woman). The only arrangement I could find uses a notation which makes it hard to ...
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In one of Bach's works the score forms a cross on the page [closed]

In one of Bach's works the score forms a cross on the page. I think it's a major choral work. As far as I remember, the crucifixion is being referenced in the words at the same time as the the notes ...
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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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Understanding ties

I'm rather new to playing the piano and reading sheet music. Because of this fact I want make sure that I understand this correctly and have been doing it right. Does the tie in the second measure ...
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Is it OK to use 3rd/4th line C clef for euphonium?

If I write a Euphonium part that implies more melodic stuff that is more high in the register, can I use a 3rd or 4th line C clef for this Euphonium instead of using the bass clef or should I always ...
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What does a straight horizontal line above a few notes, after a changed tempo mean?

The piece is for playing guitar using plectrum: I am guessing the horizontal line represents the stretch of notes to be played at the changed tempo, and begin playing at the initial tempo after that.
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Fit odd number of triplets in a measure?

I'm trying to pass a melody from my head to the sheet and it consists of 29 eighth-note-triplets but I can't figure out how to break them into measures. If I start with 4/4, I can fit 2 measures of ...
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Turn above an X symbol in Chopin’s prelude in E minor

I am a self-taught pianist and thought I would pick this piece up relatively easily and quickly, but being self-taught I often run into unknown signs, symbols, and other things like that, that give me ...
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Are the music-sheets available in “Jellynote” originals, or User generated transcriptions?

The title basically is the question. Jellynote offers a big collection of music sheets, tabs, chords and so on for various instruments. However, I didn't anywhere find out wether those are the orignal ...
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Why does this note have two stems? [duplicate]

I think this is a normal note but I'm not sure. Why is this note like this? Can you explain it please?
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How to play the given part without the left and right hand clashing?

How to play the 'E' note in bass clef (left hand) without clashing with the 'D' note played in treble clef(right hand). Key is C.
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Problems reading sheet music with visual disability

I'm not really sure if "visual disability" is correctly said since english is not my native language and had to use Google Translator. My worries are about reading sheet music. I'm trying to learn ...
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How do you hear a score in your mind that you read? [duplicate]

During preparation for practice I try to internalize what parts of the music I want to play. Technical aspects like fingering, and how the rhythm is counted are quite straightforward to prepare and ...
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Is there a better way to write a swing than I'm doing right now?

I'm currently trying to write out a song I made in another program. I used a swing like at the bottom of the picture, but I can't seem to find a way to write it down consisely. This is the best way I ...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

In piano and any other instruments which produces musical notes, it seems the notes that matches the rap are never found. But I think it can't be true, because after all there is some voice ...
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What is the use of pickup notes?

I was looking through some sheet music, when I noticed quite a few pieces had pickup notes. What is the use of a pickup note? Here is an image:
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Violin - Playing a slurred staccato [duplicate]

I was reading some violin sheet music when in on measure you had to play something that looked like a slurred staccato. How would you play a slurred staccato on the violin? Here is how the sheet music ...
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Extra lines and curves in guitar tablature?

What do these two things indicate in guitar tablature ?
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What is this type of notehead called?

I was looking through some sheet music when I came across a notehead that looked very odd. It looks like a whole note with two lines on both its sides. Here is an image of the notehead: What is this ...
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Violin - Sheet music notation for playing the same note at the same time

On the violin you can play a double stop where you are playing 4th finger on the D string (A note) while playing the open A string. This means that you are playing the A note on both strings. How ...
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Is it better practice to read straight from sheet music rather than memorize it?

My music teacher sometimes tells me too memorize a song, but sometimes also tells me to read straight from sheet music. This confuses me as I am unsure which one is better practice. Is it better ...
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Know when to turn notes upside-down(eighth notes, sixteen notes, etc.)

Suppose I have four of eighth notes(4/4 as time signature), all of them at different pitches, one being very high. An example is show below: How would I know if I need to turn that upside down(...
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What is this musical symbol?

First I thought it was a weird flat sign, but when I played the score it sounded odd. It looks a bit like a natural sign. Here's the whole measure:
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What's the “normal” opposite of flautando?

I'm writing a piece in which I need string instruments to switch regularly between flautando and normal timbre. How do I denote this? Basically, I need a word which means "normal" with regard to where ...
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Vertical space between stanzas

I have some songs with several stanzas. I would like to control the vertical space between the first and second stanza and the second and third stanza, .... individually. How is that possible by ...
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Examples of pictures using notated music [closed]

My teacher was talking about a college professor she had that had a picture drawn out that was drawn using music. It was a playable piece but looked complicated. I'd like to see an example and can't ...
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How to play this on violin?

I'm not able to find clear answers to this on the internet. There are multiple slur marks on the notes. One slur for the first 7 notes. But another marking says to slur the first 14 notes. And yet ...
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Why do Coda and Segno has symbols, while the jumps to them is always spelled with letters?

Segno has the symbol 𝄋 and Coda has the symbol 𝄌. Ok, barely visible, but I thought it was funny that unicode symbols for these actually exist. But as far as I know, there are no symbols for D.C., ...
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How to denote a volta that should only be used after jump back to Segno?

I have an arrangement which looks a bit like this: It describes the idea. First is an intro, and then we play bar 2-5 twice and then jumps to bar 9. When we reach DS. al Coda, we jump back to Segno ...
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Are repeats, segnos, and coda markings “bad style” in marching band music?

Nearly all marching band music (not classic marches, mind) that I've seen in my five years of performing experience has been written without any kind of repeat signs. However, I've recently seen some ...
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Should I focus on the notes of the song and less on the rhythmic notation when learning a new song?

Curious about the best ways to practice songs written for piano, i pay too much attention to the written rhythmic pattern and then I get frustrated since the rhythmic value written is not what my ...
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How accurate can sheet music to the original composer be, if it has constant rearrangements? [closed]

For example, say I am learning how to play Cole Porter songs on piano (let's misbehave;de-lovely;etc) yet I come across other versions of the song, some have a higher level of difficulty and I feel if ...
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Why is there two notes in a row with more beats than the measure?

I'm relatively new to the piano and learning Pure Imagination. Here a part from early into the piece: In the 4th bar, there are 2 Ab's in a row and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do at this point -...
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How to determine vocal range required to sing a particular song from sheet music

I need to list the required vocal ranges for a number of songs in order to find singers to perform in a show. Is there a way I can easily determine this from the sheet music? Thanks so much in advance ...
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Chord Recognition Training

I'm an amateur piano player trying to progress toward more difficult material and it seems what is slowing me down the most is identifying what chord I'm looking at on the sheet music, especially when ...
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Why use odd time signatures?

I'm a beginner guitar player, and I'm trying to pick up some of the music theory behind the instrument, and one thing that I've sort of grasped is odd time signatures. I know what they are, and I can ...
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How to know key of a melody

How can you tell what key a melody is in if it uses notes found in multiple scales? And if a note is introduced from a different scale than the one it was in, does that change the key? What if it only ...
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How to disable or limit compression of over-full pages in Lilypond?

Sometimes lilypond tries to use less pages for more music, which is not always wanted. This can be easily fixed by manually adding \pageBreak , but sometimes an automatic solution is needed. When ...
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How to make position/barre markers in lilypond?

I've recently started experimenting with LilyPond (Version 2.18.2 in case it matters). I've been fairly successful in creating basic scores, but I cannot figure how to properly make position/barre ...
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Two whole notes next to each other in a bar? [duplicate]

How do you play two whole notes next two each other? They're not stacked on top of each other but rather one is slightly right of the first. It's in 4 4 time and so that means 1 whole note should ...
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When and how to use finger and position markings?

I've been making my first attempts at writing some pieces for solo guitar, and I'm wondering how best to make use of finger and position markings when putting together a final score. I've looked over ...
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how would I sing this from sight reading? Any tips for a total beginner? What key is it in? [closed]

how would I sing this from sight reading? Any tips for a total beginner? What key is it in?
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Why is the alignment of notes written this way?

I've been playing a song wrong for a while now, and it's only when I took the time to slow down the music that I learned why. The alignment of the notes on the sheet music is different to how it the ...
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What do the numbers 2 & 3 mean (duplet/tuplet/finger indication?) in this first bar of a song?

I was looking for a simple anime song piece where I encounter this piece whose first bar does not make sense to me (I uploaded the first bar picture ). Especially what is meant by 2 and 3 at the top ...
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Did I use the correct key signiture for this 12 bars blues?

QuincyPenolaSheetMusic Any input would be fine. I was wondering if another key signature would have made it more easy, as there is a couple of double flats.
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What's this notation symbol?

I recenyly encountered a symbol in a Violoncello score which I was not able to identify. It is shown in the image below after the p (piano). I looked for it in the Musescore documentation and in the ...