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Interpreting staccato and legato marking in Schubert's D780 no 4

At the start of this piece the word staccato is written beneath the lower stave and the word legato is written in between the staves. When are you suppose to stop playing the lower-stave notes with ...
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Why are these 2 sharps ignored?

I am trying to learn Via Purifico (浄罪の路) on piano from Nobuo Uematsu, but there is a specific part that doesn't sound right to me - albeit I'm not mastering it yet. Upon checking online, I found some ...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard

I started 1 year ago learning keyboard -the method being Full chord with prominence for melody note with right hand , and left hand with root note ( with fixing last finger on tonic note ). For eg: if ...
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Are these groups of notes played together?

From the sheet, the notes circled in red appears to be separate (1 chord + 1 note), and I have always played them separately. However, after listening to a few recordings, apparently they are to be ...
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What are these numbers like "6 5" that are stacked on each other below the bass staff in a sheet of music?

This is for piano. What are the '6' and '5' that are stacked on each other at the bottom?
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Overlapping parenthesis symbol name / meaning

Ran into this symbol on some sheet music today, and no matter what I used in my search query I can't find the meaning or name. It's the twisty I / )( shown above the note / below the Cm chord. This ...
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BWV 893, London or Altnickol version?

There are 2 versions of the B minor prelude from WTC 2, BWV 893 on IMSLP: A. 'London version' which is in cut time. B. 'Altnickol version' which is in 4/4, the note values diminutized proportionally, ...
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Sheet Music Software, w/ Measures/Bars per System Setting

For many years I was an "Encore" user, and alas, Encore is no longer supported. (Rumors of a new version persist, but... we'll see....) I used it to create piano sheet music. Encore allowed ...
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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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Help reading music sheet [closed]

Could someone help me explain this music sheet of Frere Jacque? The is a Violin key, A mole on the A line and some notes. What do I habe to do with them in order to play this the correct way according ...
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Where do I find original sheet music for songs?

I heard Orleans on Youtube and cover bands and wanted to learn some of their songs. I went to the library and music store to try to find their sheet music but struck out. Seems like no one is ...
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Is it possible to transcribe Indian music (especially vocal ornamentation) in western-style sheet music?

I recently learned that Indian music basically uses the same 12 notes that we see in western music and that at one of the main reasons why it sounds so foreign is the vocal ornamentation. For example ...
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Is it efficient to visualize chords on sheet music as notes on a piano to know the qualities of it?

For example, say you see sheet music (you are not in front of a piano) and you see the notes D F A . Is it efficient enough to visualize these notes as on a piano to determine that they are a minor ...
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What's this vertical dash called and what does it mean?

I found this vertical dash on some sheet music and I can't figure out what it is or what does it mean. I've tried looking through Wikipedia's list of symbols, but I couldn't find it there and me ...
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Any idea what "[Instrument] colle Parti" means?

I'm trying to figure out what "[Previous instrument] colle Parti" means when changing instrument, but I found no information about it. Translation is "[Previous instrument] with parts&...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

I’m a beginner-intermediate harmonica player. I live in a country where Celtic music is very popular and a lot of my friends and family play along with each other. The problem is very few of them know ...
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What do these quarter notes without a stem represent?

I was playing a piece recently and came across this: What are these called, and are they any different from your typical quarter notes?
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What do notes on the neutral clef mean? [duplicate]

When writing notes on the neutral clef for percussion, do the notes correspond to different instruments (bass drum, snare drum, etc.) or do the notes represent something else? Here's an example:
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What does the s number mean in the title of the piece?

For example, the transcendental etudes by Liszt are labeled "S. 139." What does this mean? If it's related to the piece's release date, what's the difference between it and opus # (e.g the ...
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Is a two-handed solo piano score a kind of full score?

I'm working on a music categorization project, basically I have to classify what category should this sheet belongs to, but it only has two categories: is full score or is not. As far as I know, full ...
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Chopin Waltz in b minor (Op. 69 No. 2) measures 13~14 different versions

I'm seeing two different versions of Chopin Op. 69 No. 2 Waltz in b minor, Measure 13-14. The one that is not urtext (or maybe is also urtext?) seems to be widely used. My Henle Urtext book (see cover ...
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How can I verify the accuracy of music scores?

I recently encountered a puzzling issue while working on Jean Sibelius's Thirteen Pieces for Piano Op. 76 No. 2. My teacher pointed out a potential error in my music score, specifically in the ...
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Unidentified symbol in music notation [duplicate]

What is the symbol marked in red circle? I tried to search all old hymnbooks, I could not find this symbol.
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Guitar Sheet Music not matching tabs

Sorry, I'm inexperienced, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around sheet music for unusual tunings. As far as I'm aware, the first note on the tabs is a G#, and it's just a G on the sheet music ...
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how to play sf/sfp? [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused what sf and sfp mean. do they mean to suddenly play forte/loud, or to simply play an accent, or both? and are all the following notes after sf supposed to be played forte? for ...
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Making a confusing sheet with 3 voices and triplets non-ambiguous

Context I've transcribed the Title Screen song from Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow for classical guitar and I am now polishing the sheet. Here are measures 15 and 16 of the direct transcription of the ...
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LilyPond - Can I change the scoreTitleMarkup style/content depending on the page number?

Question: Is there a way to change how the score title appears based on whether it’s on an odd or even page? Given: % --- paper.ily \paper { scoreTitleMarkup = \markup \column { \fill-line { ...
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I want the note middle-C to be denoted in bass clef in GarageBand

I'm trying to generate a PDF of music sheet with GarageBand, but there's a problem. Even though I play an arpeggio F-A-C-E-G, the note C3 (middle-C) is denoted in treble clef.1 Even if I moved it down ...
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How to count and play this notation? [duplicate]

This is a measure from Yann Tiersen's "La Valse D'Amelie". The very first measure of this piece has a 2/4 time signature: The rest of the measures are like below. Just counting the note ...
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What is this quadruple-dotted X above the staff?

At the end of Shiro Sagisu's Robe Des Champs (KK_A09_miyagi), there is a dotted X with brackets covering two bars.
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In a classical guitar score, when a section plays very low notes, is it better to use 8va bassa, G clef transposed 1 octave down or the F clef?

My music knowledge background I never studied music in a music school, but I've composed music for some years and know some theory that I've picked up and read about over the years. I do not have much ...
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Tips for learning and memorizing passages consisting of groups of only slightly different notes?

Not sure how to word it better. I give two examples below. On the right hand (treble clef), the small groups of notes have similar patterns but vary slightly, sometimes just an accidental's difference....
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Is there standard notation for guitar left hand barres of natural harmonics?

I'm a self taught guitarrist and hobby musician who composes original music and who creates transcriptions/arrangements of music from other artists for classical guitar. I've recently learned about ...
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Why is the ossia in Wilde Jagd (Transcendental Etude 8) the same as the regular part?

In Wilde Jagd (Transcendental Etude 8) by Liszt, there is an ossia on measure 191. The ossia and non-ossia parts only differ by where the 8va is placed. But they have the same content --- the notes ...
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Distance of the stave lines?

I have not found definite answers for these two doubts, can anyone help me? At what distance should the stave lines be? What distance should be between staves?
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How to approach changing keys when singing from sheet music?

For the purpose of ear training and to practice reading sheet music, I am trying to sight sing from the book "Melodia - A compréhensive course in sight singing" https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/...
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How to write instrument names in a standard professional way in the sheet music

This question is about how to write instruments names on a score. On the page at: https://musiciandevelopment.com/2016/05/16/how-to-prepare-a-professional-score/ it states: list the full instrument ...
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How do I report Errata?

I have come across instances of errors in scores (in editions I otherwise really like) that I can obviously correct for myself. The problems are twofold: First, it makes me wonder where the other ...
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Question about tempo/text markup in Lilypond

I have the following score typeset in Lilypond: and I have two question about markup: I typeset "ritenuto" (slow down) as \tempo "rit.". Is it correct? How can I move \tempo &...
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Should I provide fingering for a piano music sheet?

I am typesetting a piano piece and am wondering if I should provide fingering instructions. First I thought that it could be helpful, but I'm not sure if this is considered normal by professional ...
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Music Score annotations

What should music score annotations look like? Should I show every chord or only the important ones? What other music techniques do I annotate? I am annotating it as part of a musical analysis. The ...
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Garbled Lilypond Output

I divided the notes of my score into 6 variables respectively called: \partOne, \partTwo, \partThree, \partFour, \partFive and \partSix. Each variable contains 20 measures of music. Then I call the ...
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What does this notation mean above the staff? [duplicate]

I'm learning piano and music theory. Today I came across this notation - a bracket line spanning across the width of the staff, and a number on the left. Could someone please tell me what it means? ...
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Transposing sheet music question

I know what transposing is, but I'm not sure about something. If I have some sheet music for tenor sax in A major, is that a transposed A major, or concert A major? If the sheet music for tenor is ...
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Generate different scores from a template

I am a brand new lilypond user and I am struggling to understand what the best structure for my project might be. Here a simplified example of it I have a main.ly file that I was planning to use as a ...
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How to identify voice of whole note

I've got a chord of whole notes and have no idea which voice they're in. There are other chords in the sheet music that I looked at to try to figure out the voice, but this hasn't been conclusive. At ...
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Would ABRSM accept scores from SheetMusicDirect or SheetMusicPlus in exams?

If you entered candidates into ABRSM exams would scores purchased from SheetMusicDirect or SheetMusicPlus be acceptable for exam purposes? The scores have a watermark with your details on it. These ...
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Notes extending for longer than time signature allows for [duplicate]

I can't seem to find an answer for this on the internet, so I'll try asking here. I've come across a measure that lasts for five beats when the time signature is 4/4 and should only last for four ...
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How do I decide if my piece should be expressed as 3/4, 6/4 or 3/2?

I'm still an amateur composer, but I've been wanting to explore time signatures outside of 4/4. The trouble is, I'm having issues figuring the actual time signature of what I've written. I was ...
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Instrument key vs sheet music key [duplicate]

I have a logic problem in my head. Let me first state what I know. recorder in A key with all closed holes plays an A. recorder in C key with all closed holes plays a C. in sheet music a C sits one ...
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