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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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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 ...
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How to identify the swing style from the staff?

I'm learning "Blues No. 1" from "The joy of Boogie and Blues". I found that all the demo in Youtube are played in swing rhythm (Boogie rhythm, shuffle rhythm ...), but it's obviously not shown in the ...
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Playing Choir Piece on Piano

I have no formal music experience. However, I like to learn piano songs I like through sheer memorization. I can read sheet music, but the issue lies in two things; I do not have sheet music and the ...
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How to write a score that begins with a pickup note and repeats

Hi I'm writing a song as a score for piano and vocal. The verses begin with a pickup note on 4. So, after the chorus I end on 4 and then pickup up into the next verse with a repeat sign. The question ...
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Kruger Andante - What am I missing on how to play this dotted half note?

I'm in the process of learning to play the Piano and have some trouble figuring out how the part highlighted below in gray is supposed to be played (that is a Flowplay screenshot of this song: As far ...
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How to create nested tuplets in MuseScore

When I created nested tuplets in Musescore, there was always a connected line between notes that I couldn't delete. How can I do to remove them. (Redundant lines are underlined in red in the detached ...
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How to apply Tuplets properly?

1. About Quadruplet. A quadruplet is a note-grouping of 4, played in the length of 3 of its note-type (4:3). But I'm wondering can we use the quadruplets spanning less and more than 3 notes (ratios ...
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Do key signatures indicate changes in tablature fret numbers?

I have a tab book for "Black Sabbath" and the song "Iron Man" for example, it has a key signature of bbb. I know this song is played in standard E tuning, and eg the main riff starts with a B + F# ...
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Choir music with two staves with treble clefs

What does choir music with only two staves both with treble clefs in the vocal parts (often labelled "Voice 1" and "Voice 2") mean?
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Pause in song versus bar length

I want to do this kind of thing in my song: In one moment, before a chorus tension raises significantly, then I want to mute all the sounds for a moment just to hit the listener with the chorus in all ...
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How do I read these sets of notes? [duplicate]

I came across this sheet music pdf in the link of a YouTube video and I can't understand what these notes are. Can someone explain how one reads and plays the notes ( on a guitar) in the red box and ...
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What is this note called? [duplicate]

What is the second note called? Can somebody tell me? The song is bohemian rhapsody by the way. Thank you.
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What are the solfege syllables?

Are they C,D,E,F,G,A or do re me fa so la to do? I have an online assignment due and my classmates say it’s CDEFGA but I’m confused.
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Is converting audio to MIDI or sheet music difficult (for pro musicians or software)?

I watched this Youtube video about converting audio to MIDI, and the comments mostly point out that it's a scam or hoax. Is it really difficult for software to convert audio to MIDI, and if so why? ...
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Why do, re, mi notation is variable [duplicate]

I get following quote from https://www.musiah.com/articles/equipment-tips/piano-lessons-or-keyboard-lessons-what-is-the-difference.html In the key of C Major, C is “do”; but in the key of G Major, ...
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Music Sheet - Same note twice on same place [duplicate]

I have seen below highlighted note on one sheetmusic. I am wondering what does it mean. How to play this note in Piano. Why do they mention two tails for same note. if it is same note , there is only ...
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Seconds in a chord

Maybe someone knows about what means the “seconds” in a chord. I ask because I hear tha a person suggest to avoid “seconds” when you write music sheets for a guitar, because they are complex for a ...
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How to read and count this rhythm ?

http://www.sheetmusic1.com/winston/Thanksgiving.pdf In bar 7 how would I count and when would I play those first two notes in the treble clef, the E and B? Also why is there a treble clef placed in ...
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What does a “repeat” symbol on the chord section mean?

In the following picture, there's a "repeat" symbol on the chord section. I know the meaning of repeat symbols in the measures, but I don’t know what it means in the chord section. Does it mean to ...
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Trombone sheet music help

I don't know how to play the notes that are stacked on each other and and what they mean but the 12 over 8 thing
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How long does ad lib. sim. last

I have a piece of (bass guitar) music with some repeats in it, and a direction "last time ad lib. sim.". For how long should this direction remain active? Until the end of the bar? The end of the ...
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What are these things [duplicate]

I've been trying to understand the occurance in various scores of two instance of the same note with different durations, and I've tried looking up various things to see if I can find out what I am ...
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Anyone knows where I can find a Midi to Score converting basic library? [closed]

I have a midi file that I want to visualize to sheet music. However I need to be able to play with the visuals of the score. I want to remove some rules like "if there is a duplicate midi note at the ...
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Ride Cymbal in notation Sibelius

Hello I have this notation: Notation But someone told me that is wrong notated the ride cymbal and is incorrect. And that must be notated of the G space above the staff. Can someone tell me ...
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What's this L symbol in piano notation called?

There's a symbol used in piano manuscript notation that means "play this in the other hand, even though it's written in this one". It looks like a capital L shape. As you can (maybe) see in my bad ...
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Are there any “good practices for sheet music writing” guidelines that are more or less universally accepted?

I'm an amateur musician who sometimes likes to write sheet music for arrangements and for pieces that I figure out by ear. I do this mainly because I can go long periods without playing and when I ...