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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What does the 'L' line in Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord" mean?

In the introduction to the Elgar's "The Spirit of the Lord", the prologue to The Apostles Op. 49, the score has lines which looks like octave signs, but which have the letter 'L' instead of ...
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What are those brackets for?

We sang this song at Church and I am just wondering what these two symbols do.
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Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 3, m. 41—left-hand note at the end of the chromatic sequence: F sharp or G?

Most editions I've found (including the first edition) have an F#, but others follow the same descending pattern up to that point and print a G. Can anybody shed some light on which note is correct? ...
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Identifying the string instrument used [closed]

I’m going to start learning to play a string instrument but I couldn’t choose between a violin or a viola. Recently I’ve been listening to an anime instrumental music and I have fell in love with it ...
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How to count this measure?

I am learning a piece and am new to sheet music. I am trying to count the beats, and need to some help in counting. It's in the time signature 4/4. For the second bar, how should I count it out? My ...
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Lilypond: How to insert a white space to shorten the last line?

I'd like to have the result as in the image. Is there a specific method to have that white space after the bar?
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Chopin's Nocturne 2 : D natural or E natural?

I'm sight-reading the second (2a : "Version with later authentic variant") Chopin's nocturne in Eb for piano, Op. 9 No. 2, and I am unsure about how to read the left hand in the second bar : ...
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How can you tell the difference between 3/4 time and 6/8 time? Or 3/2 time and 6/4 time?

When given any sheet of music without the time signature and you are given the choice of 3/4 and 6/8, how would you know which one would be the appropriate choice?
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What does the numbers mean in this guitar tab if they already gave the chords to play?

I understand E A D G B e And the meaning of the letters above. Which I can play like the c chord and em . But I don’t understand the numbers. Is it for the fret. Like where I should be playing on the ...
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What do these up arrows/chevrons over numbers mean?

I've occasionaly seen these arrows over numbers, but I don't know what they're called or exactly what they mean. I'm assuming they have something to do with the motion, but I'm not sure.
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How to notate lack of pedal for a measure?

I'm writing a piano piece, for most of which I would like to use a blanket con pedale instead of marking pedals for each measure. However, at exactly one point, there are two nonconsecutive measures ...
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How to Identify Sheet Music Type, Era, or Origin?

Asking for some help here…maybe someone will recognize what kind of sheet music this is. I’m attempting to recreate the framed sheet music hung on the wall in the photos. This is my father sometime in ...
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How to play a tremolo between a rest and a note? (piano sheet)

I'm playing a piano piece that has some tremolo symbols between a rest and a note ("Odeon" by Ernesto Nazareth), and below the symbol there are subtle tiny marks. Why does this symbol look ...
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Author of this piano solo arrangement of Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring [closed]

From the little I know, it seems that the Hess arrangement is seen as the most common reference when it comes to Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring for piano solo. I stumbled upon another arrangement which ...
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Add bar lines with the beats below each measure

Hello, I need to complete these exercises. I need to add bar lines and label the beats.
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What does F.O. mean, and is it related to a repeat?

I have some sheet music (from a Japanese book, if that matters in any way) and it says "F.O." at the end of some pieces. I could find some other terms related to repeats (D.S. being Dal ...
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Writing for the saxophone [closed]

Are there special symbols or text instructions that are more or less specific to the saxophone? What difficulties or peculiarities are there with the saxophone that a composer or arranger would need ...
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Have I correctly understood which hand plays which notes in cross-staff beaming?

I am a piano beginner and am learning by myself. I'm very confused about the upper notes (original sheet), and I rewrite them to become the lower notes (rewrite sheet). My question is that are they ...
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Dash symbol above or below a note [duplicate]

The dash symbol or the horizontal bar at the F G A in the first measure and at A B C in the third measure, what is it called? Looking at the video, I could not tell what was unusual. (Measure 25 and ...
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Anyone know if there is sheet music for Bud Powell's, "I Can't Get Started"? [closed]

I have looked everywhere on the internet, but cannot seem to find any music for the song, "I Can't Get Started" by Bud Powell. I have loved this song for years, but each time I try to learn ...
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Treble Clef with optional 8 va bassa?

What is a treble clef with 8 in parentheses used for? My software (MuseScore 3.x) ignores it (as if it were a treble without any 8). What is the point of this clef? Is it for transposing instruments? ...
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In sheet music, can notes of a chord have different length, or how to read this sheet?

I have some sheet music that I'm trying to understand, but I'm unfamiliar with the correct terminology and my understanding of it (just starting out learning music). Specifically, the notes that are ...
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Changing key of music in a PDF format

I would like to change the key of some pieces (in PDF format) to fit into my recorder range. Could someone suggest an easy way to do that?
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How to play two voices with a very wide span [duplicate]

From image 1, the left hand of 2nd or 3rd measure has two voices if my understanding is correct. But when I watched the author playing, she played just as in image 2 which has only one voice. Any ...
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What does this sign before the notes mean and how does its placement affect the notes? [duplicate]

This is from Kiss The Rain by Yiruma but the sign before the notes keep bugging me as its position on staff keeps changing and likewise the octave keeps changing and I can't understand how to play it....
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Meaning of some symbols in classical guitar tablature

I am trying to learn classical guitar by myself. In the tablature of Romanza, I came across a few symbols whose meaning I couldn't find. I have learned basic music theory, and I can understand the ...
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Orchestral score has inconsistent time signature changes and note lengths

I'm learning music notation and as both a fan and enthusiast I bought the Star Trek: The Motion Picture film score from Omni Music Publishing. Unfortunately, I've encountered a confusing bit of ...
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Confusing clarinet key signature changes

I am reading through a miniature score book of the Vorspiel (Prelude) of Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner. It's a piece for orchestra, including two B-flat clarinets. The clarinet ...
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What does a B on a note stem in guitar music mean?

I found B's on note stems in sheet music of the 3rd movement of the Libra Sonatine, "Fuoco", by Roland Dyens, which is for guitar: What does that B on a note stem mean in this guitar music? ...
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what does continuo mean?

In the sheet music for BWV1, "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" the last instrument is labeled as "continuo". What does that mean?
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Simple piano arrangements of popular songs [closed]

Is there a source of piano sheet music out there with sheet music for popular songs that only shows the chords, not the individual notes / melody? Perhaps an example will best illustrate what I mean. ...
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what does "6/6 CI" mean in music sheet for guitar? [duplicate]

I found this music sheet on the internet for my training to play classical guitar and now i'am confused what's "6/6 CI" mean in the music sheet? (Canon in D transposed to C for guitar) ...
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Two sets of fingerings printed for one same bar?

2nd movement of Beethoven's sonata Op. 49, No. 2. Bar 7. One edition seems to show two sets of fingering numbers: 4-3-2, and 4-4-2? What does it mean?
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Interpreting Concert Scores

(Perhaps somewhat unusually) I understand how a transposed score works, but I don't understand the details of how "concert score" works – it's not as simple as: show every note at sounding ...
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Error and flat notes

Lilypond gives me an error in the second line but I can't find out where it is. Plus in the last line all the F note are flat (ff) but the second F note even if it is written correctely do not show ...
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Triplet round instead of square [duplicate]

I'd like to use a round bracket instead the square bracket for the Triplets but I can't find a solution. Here the exemple with regular square bracket: http://lilybin.com/iqdj8r/1 Thank you!
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Space the score notes evenly

Is there a way in LilyPond to space the score notes evenly? In the sample image made with LilyPond 2.22.01 the notes are not equally spaced. Edit The idea is to get all the notes to be spaced equally ...
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What is this curve going upwards to a note that's also detached from the previous note? [duplicate]

In Cedric Dent's "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, this symbol appears attached to the note on "-ands." From first glance, it seems like a poorly drawn legato, but there is a ...
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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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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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