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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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

What is this (in the green rectangle)? To me it looks like 2 legatos. How do I play it on the violin? It's the beginning of the 15th piece, "A-hunting we will go", from the Doflein Method, ...
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Chopin - Waltz in C Sharp Minor (Op. 64 No. 2) analysis

This is the piece I want to discuss: Waltz in C♯ minor. You can listen to it on YouTube here (played by Arthur Rubinstein) with added music score, or on musescore.com here (played as MIDI) also with ...
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Do I apply a sharp to all the same notes? [duplicate]

I play guitar and for one of my songs, the sheet music shows sharps for only higher notes and not the lower notes. Do I apply the sharps to the lower notes? For example, G on string 1 is a sharp but ...
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LilyPond: How to make a "Blank Staff Paper"?

I was trying to "update" and change some properties from the "Blank Staff Page" piece of code that appears here: https://snipplr.com/view/579/blank-staff-paper-with-lilypond Which ...
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What does the cross on a square symbol mean?

This symbol is on a clarinet etude sheet, but I don't have a any clue what does it mean.
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Notes underneath the bar line [duplicate]

I am new to sheet music and.I get the notes in the lines and on the lines. But when the notes go above or below the line I have a hard time with reading it and identify were the notes corresponded to ...
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Numbers and lines underneath notes [closed]

What do the numbers and lines beside them mean when under a note on clarinet sheet music
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

I can play music once someone plays it for me and or teaches me how slowly, but if someone was to just hand me music and tell me to practice I would never learn it. Is there something wrong with me? ...
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8va or clef change?

I've been transcribing music on and off for a few years now as a hobby and noticed while reading someone else's sheets that they have heaps of clef changes midway through the piece. It sort of blew my ...
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How to play duplicated note at the same time?

I just start playing Schumann's Traumerei, but I noticed something unusual: in a 4/4 meter, the F on the bass staff counts for 5 beats in the same bar. My guess: press down the sustain pedal, play F ...
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Why aren't octave clefs used in piano notation?

It's not uncommon to find piano music where the left hand plays primarily in octave 1, or the right hand in octave 6 (i.e. below the staff of a bass clef or above the staff of a treble clef). This ...
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Notation and use of cross-staff beaming

I have been transcribing a piece in 4/4 time for the piano. There is a portion of the piece where I am unsure if cross-staff beaming should be utilized or not. I have provided two examples below for ...
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difference between solid crescendo hairpin, dotted and dashed crec hairpins?

I noticed music software sibelius has 3 different types of hairpins when it comes to crescendos. Solid line, dotted and dashed. What is the difference between the 3?
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Question about Duncan Laurence - Arcade [closed]

I'm trying to sing this song. Maybe someone can explain to me. If you look at music sheet for this song(https://musescore.com/user/31196819/scores/5480313) you see that after "I carried it, ...
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Do I need to explicitly cancel the damper pedal when switching to sostenuto?

I'm writing a piece where the beginning and end use the damper pedal only, and the middle uses sostenuto only. Currently these are notated with con ped. and con sost., but I wonder if that might ...
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Can you use other instrument sheet music to play on Tin/Penny Whistle?

Whenever I've searched for Tin Whistle and Penny Whistle songbooks and sheet music, I've found a lot of Irish Folk music. I love the sound of the Whistle, and would love to be able to play some ...
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Note placement for beat/rhythm clarity

I have been transcribing a piece in 4/4 time for the piano. I am not fully certain as to how I should format the notes on the upper staff – as they split every beat. I have provided 3 options below ...
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Good list of music suitable for a 45-key clavichord such as ZHI's KOS? [closed]

Pretty much the title says it all, but to be more clear.... Is there somewhere a good list of music which can be played on a 45-key clavichord (such as Zuckermann's King of Sweden) 3-and-half-octave ...
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How do I interpret note lengths in this song? [duplicate]

I've only just recently begun learning the basics of time signatures and counting beats, and I'm having trouble applying what I've learned to real sheet music. Consider the second measure in this ...
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Can someone explain what those numbers mean? [duplicate]

Beginning of bar 2 Why are there numbers above and below the notes? Are those two different fingerings? What does the 14 under the half note mean? Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (First two bars):
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Trying to work out how to play this segment

I’m trying to work out how to play a segment on Saxophone. The piece is Gerry Rafferty’s famous solo but I can’t remember what one detail is. It’s like a slur but only on one note. Trying to work out ...
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What is the (tr) sign in sheet music and how to play it in the following example? [duplicate]

What is the (tr) sign in sheet music and how to play that in the following example: https://ibb.co/GPmmNqw
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Correct Connected (Across Staves) Arpeggio Collission

In context, the collision looks like this: Here's a minimum example that appears to reproduce the problem: \version "2.22.1" rh=\relative c'' {\key des \major <g g'>4.( <e e'&...
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How Do I Insert Markup (ritardando) Without a Note

In the solo voice here: a ritardando shows up on beat four of the measure, but there is only a whole note in the measure. If I attach the ^\markup{\italic rit.} to that whole note, the ritardando ...
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How To Split Chords Across Staves

Using \autoChange \relative ..., one can set music across staves, but chords don't seem to follow the same rules: How do I get the music to look more like this: (code for the right hand) \autoChange ...
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Tempo Marks On Each Part Individually, but not in Score

I have a part that looks like this: And another like this: What is the best way to make the score look like this: (only one "Adagio") without having to change the lilypond source files ...
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Converting music played on piano or keyboard into notation

I would like to be able to play a piano or keyboard and have what I play stored and reproduced as musical notation. Is that possible?
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Note check: Cassado cello solo suite 2nd movement, m. 74

The note in question is circled here: it's an F-natural in the 2 scores I found on IMSLP. My teacher seems to remember that it should be F-# as in the subsequent descending sequence. Can anyone ...
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Should I always use right hand for notes in Treble clef?

I'm trying to figure out which hand(especially which finger) I should use for notes in some measure in sheet music that I'm currently practicing. I attached a screenshot below. As you can see, There ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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Which lines do I play in keyboard music that accompanies singing? [duplicate]

I have this Gershwin songbook for piano and voice. I am not sure whether I am supposed to play the vocal line. The vocal line has its own staff, but the notes are also doubled on the piano's staff as ...
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Novice trying to learn some music theory from an old book. Have I answered this correctly?

Good day. I'm trying to learn how to read notes from an old music theory book I borrowed from a friend. I need to answer some questions on this paper: https://i.imgur.com/20AHjxH.jpeg I can't find the ...
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Count the Rhythm Of this

Can anyone tell me how to count the rhythm for this section? In the form 1 & which notes will be the upbeats and downbeats.
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Writing notes without knowing their duration - can it be done in Musink Lite?

Today my classmates put me onto Musink Lite. If I understand well, the idea is that it somehow 'knows' how long your notes should be, so it becomes one click per note. I like it, but as a newbie I don'...
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Second note is not played [duplicate]

I don't see any tie symbol of these two notes A (La), but these two notes are played at once. Please explain to me why Thanks
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How to write proper repeat signs for ABABBCB form?

I'm trying to write down the melody of a song. It's in ABABBCB form, with a Coda. It also has a pickup measure. This is what I came up with. Is this correct? In the 2nd volta (ending), should it ...
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While reading Sheet music, Shall I read with respect to relative intervals or with respect to the names of lines and spaces? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in reading sheet music. I want to know the better way to read. Shall I read with respect to the relative interval of Current note from previous note? Or Shall I remember the line and ...
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How do you play this notation [duplicate]

I am studying to play a piece and it has this: How do I play the eighth notes with the whole numbers? What does that mean?
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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 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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