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Questions tagged [sheet-music]

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

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Localization in scores

Is there some way to make localization (translate to other languages) an easier task when digitally making scores? Currently, I have two options: write a page before the score with all the ...
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Most complex “block” of sheet music notation

Wondering how complex a single piece of sheet music can get, and what it looks like. For example, on the guitar, theoretically you could define the following: a chord bend from another chord bend to ...
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Wrong time signature in music sheet [duplicate]

I found below music sheet from one website. I doubt if this piece is correct because there are 12 Eighth Notes are used in one measure. I think it is mathematically wrong. Please help.
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How to draw in a staff a chord containing C and C#

How should one draw in a staff a chord that contains both a note and the same note with an alteration? For example: How would you draw in a staff a chord that contains both C2 and C#2? Addition: Tim'...
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What is the function of the two segnos in this score?

What is the function of the two segnos in this score?: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EjN20nnXGzrgLUFGaxVaDpIBbuH1O34g In the measure 7 there is a segno, and in the measure 70 there is a second ...
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What is the name of the section markers denoted by a number in a box above the score?

(I'm not in the music world but need to know the answer for esoteric reasons.) The image above contains excerpts from one of Stravinsky's pieces. I assume in score writing is it commonplace to notate ...
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If piano tablature is easier to read than traditional sheet music

I am familiar with guitar tabs which are much easier to learn and read than sheet music. Mainly because it is a direct mapping from the notation to the guitar frets; you don't have to do any ...
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What does “m.Iz.” or “m.Tz.” mean in a score?

What does "m.Iz." or "m.Tz." (or "m.I%." or "m.T%.": I don't know if it is a "%" or a "z") mean in this score? The piece is the waltz "Diana Triste" of the Colombian composer Luis A. Calvo (1882-1945)....
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Does anyone know what this musical symbol means? [duplicate]

Here is an extract from the very first measures of Le Marteau sans maître from Pierre Boulez. My problem is, I can’t figure out what these strange vertical lines mean. (And I’m not talking about the ...
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What do the smaller notes in the Treble Clef indicate?

This is piano sheet music for "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie. I've been trying to search for what these notes mean. Do I play them with the left hand? Not play them? Are they ...
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Incorrect sheet music notes in MuseScore playback

I'm a beginner in the piano and I'm really struggling to read sheet music. I guess I've taken up a song that's way over my head (Kiss the Rain - Yiruma) I'm unable to understand why the following 2 ...
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How to easily transpose sheet music?

I`m trying to get better at reading and writing standard notation. I was wondering how to transpose a piece from one key to another on sheet music , so I wrote a 2 bar phrase and tried to do it myself....
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Do note lengths matter when they have l.v. ties?

This is pretty esoteric, but I have to ask: Consider the following excerpt from a score (“Titanic Suite” by James Horner, published by Hal Leonard), which includes two percussion staves, one with a ...
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How to notate a (harp) glissando extending beyond the first beat of the next bar

I want to write a harp glissando that starts at the end of one bar (Bar 1) and ends in the next bar (Bar 2), only rather than end on the first beat of Bar 2, I want it to extend an 8th further, as ...
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Why aren't chord names written in classical sheet music?

When I see classical sheet music I don't see the chords named, were chords not used back then? And if they were, do the notes that are under a bass clef generally outline the shapes of chords? I only ...
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What's the meaning of the separator?

I'm learning the Bach's French suite using this edition. Throughout there is a small separator (small vertical line) and I cannot guess its meaning. It definitely have something to do with this ...
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What do those little notes on this sheet mean? -notes are too far away from each other- PIANO

I'm learning "Recreation" on my piano. I've come to those little notes, and I have no idea what they mean. I can't play them, as they are too far away from each of my hands. May anyone help me ?
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When you look at (piano) sheet music, how do you “think about” which notes are being referred to?

Trying to learn to read sheet music on my own; the best way to phrase my question is with a quick example: "Canon in D Major". I look at the sheet and I see the scale from this: I get the whole ...
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How to stop playback after a certain measure in Musescore?

Often when I arrange, I include a jam part where I just use the chord notes. I prefer to have this these sections after everything. See picture: The problem is when I listen to it on my computer. I ...
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Plectrum Guitar music sheet

Can someone tell me the meaning of this bar of music. It says harmoinic pick on 17th fret but the notation is on E. Should'nt that on a higher octave A? As 17th fret would be A in standard tuning.
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Meaning of dots below note heads

I’m learning music theory and I found a music sheet that I attach one part in a picture. If you see in the Treble Cleff, there are 8 eighth dotted notes and is a 4/4 signature. Like is a 4/4 is not ...
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How much time should I spend learning a song on piano?

I am following the Alfred's adult course level 1 book and given that songs are very simple I have come across an issue when exactly do I know I'm ready to move on to the next lesson? I tend to go if i ...
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When to use sub-brackets for similar instruments within a section?

In some scores, especially printed sheet music, “like” instruments in larger sections will be grouped together with sub-brackets, such as piccolos with flutes, oboes with English horns, clarinets and ...
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Circled numbers on guitar sheet

What are these circled numbers? The finger numbers are next to the notes on the left for sure. I assumed it to be repeat section markings but there is not repeat.
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Why are songs in Mixolydian mode notated in major mode? [duplicate]

I am learning "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles which is in G Mixolydian mode or C major. In the score I have of this song the writer notated the song in G major and used accidentals on the notes ...
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How to play these ornaments

How do you play these mordents with the sharp underneath them? Usually that would mean to play the lower note sharp, but in this case the mordent's going up. Right now I'm playing them like the ...
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How do I learn which guitar strings/frets correspond to which notes

Obviously the string letters correspond to a space where a note goes in standard notation, but that's only for open notes. Is there a pattern to remember which frets represent which notes at any ...
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How do you read standard notation on guitar if it isn't standard tuning?

Do you have to read the notation differently?
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How do you play this section from “La Campanella”?

So I decided to learn La Campanella 3rd movement violin just for the heck of it and I got to this part: You’re supposed to play ninths with your 2nd and 4th fingers. How is this even possible? It’s ...
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Terms for 4, 8 and 16 bar sections?

Are there specific musical terms describing time structure like 4 bar sections, 8 bar sections, 16 etc.?
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Is there a typo in this exercise, or am I not counting correctly?

I have this set of right hand open string exercises for classical guitar. Many are in 4/4 but some are in 6/8 (see pic below). The notes are grouped in 6 but there is no tuple notation. Reading as ...
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Weird 16th notes (I think) in score, not sure how to count them / not sure of their value

I found this weird grouping of notes in a song I'm trying to learn and I want to understand why they are played the way they are. I can listen to the song and replicate it but I don't understand why ...
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Time signature change?

I'm using yousician to play acoustic guitar. These 3 images are from the same song. Every bar contains 3 quarter notes (the signature is 3/4) but at the part 3 of the song it becomes 4/4 then 7/8 ...
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Uncertain Meaning of Musical Symbol

What is the meaning of the thick line with the 8 on top in above the photo? I have looked everywhere on the web, but can't find anything. Any help would be appreciated.
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Listing key signatures

I'm currently creating a program to assist with realtime sheet music display from midi input (similar to what you see on many digital piano displays). What is the most logical way for a user to ...
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Can I “dive headfirst” into reading sheet music?

I've been playing piano for about 10 years, and in that time I never really learned how to read sheet music. I have a very good ear, and usually just figure out pieces through listening to the ...
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Name for ensemble of the same instrument

When arranging music, is there a commonly accepted or easy to understand name for an ensemble (be it a trio, duet, quartet, etc.) which contains all of the same instrument? For example, how could you ...
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Single composer sheet music book — name on each piece?

It seems that whenever there is an album (book of sheet music) and all the pieces are from a single composer, the name is not repeated with each piece. I wonder, is this a strict rule? Especially, ...
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Why are some songs notated with bpm in minims instead of crotchets? [duplicate]

A few songs I am learning in 4/4 time have the bpm up at the top of the piece in minims (half notes) instead of the usual crotchet (quarter note) beats. For example one pop song I am learning says 80 ...
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Why are some 4/4 songs notated in cut time

I am learning a pop song that is in 4/4 and has a tempo of 81bpm and don't understand why the writer has chosen cut time. Is this so he doesn't have to use 16th notes so much and so the reader doesn't ...
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Is the “down beat” quaver note in a swing piece the same length as a crotchet triplet?

In 4/4 time, when 8th notes are swung the 1st quaver in the beat becomes longer than the second quaver and depending on how much the piece is swung the second quaver gets shorter as the 1st quaver of ...
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*Quarter Note* = invisible?

I pulled up a new song on piano and started looking over the sheet music when I saw Quarter Note = invisible. Does anyone know what this means? And what it changes to the sheet music?
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Lilypond spacing between lyrics and next system

I’m trying to improve the legibility of my scores by increasing the basic-distance between systems. There needs to be some whitespace between the last verse and the next system below. Here's what I’...
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how are non-swung notes notated in a swing piece?

When 2 quavers = 3 triplets at the top of the piece the notes are to be played swung. To me this means that the up beat in the piece will be closer to the next beat instead of falling exactly in the ...
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Lilypond - Repeat with Partial Mesaure at the End

This demonstrates the problem: \relative c' {c4 d e f d e \repeat volta 2 { f g a, b c d } \alternative { {e2} {e2~e2} }} (And here's a picture: I need the first ending to be half a measure, ...
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Fake book music. Why are there two lines of chords?

I have a piece of music from a fake book which has two lines of chords above the melody. Is the second line an alternative, or should it be played on the repeat?
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“Up Front” mean

someone is asking me to give some information for a song this: Name of the artist, name of the song, genre, and tempo, up front. Maybe is a fool question but what means “up front”. Thank you
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How to play similar notes appeared simultaneously? [duplicate]

Hi, before all, I searched but could not find a similar question, sorry if it is a repetitive question! At the beginning of this piece of Music (the first few bars) composed by Yanni, in both pictures ...
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why is some sheet music written 1 octave lower?

Why are some vocal lines in songs notated 1 octave lower than what is actually sung. Here is an example: I am pretty sure that Britney Spears voice is singing octave higher than what is notated here ...
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Why is 12/8 used sometimes for songs in 4/4 in sheet music?

I understand that 12/8 can be counted as 4/4 time where each beat gets a triplet but I don't understand why some songs that seem apt for 12/8 still get written out in 4/4. What are the criteria for ...