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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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Gb with polychord next to it2/#4?

So, I'm arranging a medly and I'm very new to music, so sorry if this is common knowledge but... I found this chord I understand it means to add 2 and #4 but, I don't know what it is called. If ...
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What are parenthesis used for in notation?

I have seen parenthesis occasionally used in notation and would like to know what they mean. Here are some examples of them I have collected. Around a note: Around an Appoggiatura: Around a ...
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Repetition sign at the end of a sequence using endings

I have the following 7 measure sequence: To play it I go 1,2,3,4,5 repetition sign 2,3 use 2nd ending so 6,7. But at this point there is another repetition sign (the one at the end of the sequence) ...
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Thinking about the notes when playing a piece

I've been a guitar player for 8 years now and I've started to learn the piano recently, which led me to get more into music theory and score reading. When I learned a song on the guitar, I used to ...
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Green onions transcription

https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/green-onions/7837 Which one of these transcriptions is more correct; the first one or second one? It seems the key isn't written correctly in the HD piano ...
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What does the 1.-5. notation mean at the top right corner?

What is the 1.-5. notation in the top right corner telling me to do?
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How do I play two notes high and low together with a plectrum on guitar?

In the second bar, there is a high E and low C to be played together. If you need to play this on a guitar with a plectrum, how do you do it?
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Basic Accidental Question

Example: You have d major scale but you make a c flat accidental, does it just naturalize c back to its basic form or make it an enharmonic b? Ive tried searching on google but found nothing. It's ...
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Why do we write sheet music for a harpsichord like we do? [closed]

I’ve been asked it and I have no clue. Also, I don’t really see any difference in it. Can someone please help??
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Writing SATB arrangements so that the bass voice is still audible

When writing the bass voice part for an SATB arrangement, what should be done so that the bass singers voice is not "swallowed" by the other 3 voices - being the lowest of all? (Also most choirs in my ...
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Why is contemporary music for the recorder so weird?

Im a recorder enthusiast and I love playing early music. There is so much music from that time that fits for the recorder, but it is still limited. So I would like to go for more modern / contemporary ...
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Can you help me find some sheet music? [closed]

I've been looking for a version of "It's a Marshmallow World in the Winter" for a while now. I know there are versions out there, but the only ones I have found have to be purchased, and I can't ...
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Exercises to internalise bass clef?

I can read the treble clef because I learned it as a kid for guitar and school music lessons, but I've only been introduced to bass clef as an adult singing tenor and trying to pick up piano and bass. ...
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What is this type of notehead called?

I was looking through some sheet music when I came across a notehead that looked very odd. It looks like a whole note with two lines on both its sides. Here is an image of the notehead: What is this ...
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Why don't music sheets uniquely identify, and how could it be done? [closed]

I've been learning (a little bit) about music theory, and I realized that music sheets/scores don't uniquely identify a sound: They don't specify which octave to use They don't specify pitch I'm ...
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Choir needs a new space to house sheet music library. Ideas?

Our choir used to have storage space for our sizable music library within the college with which we are affiliated. Recently and without notice, the space was reclaimed by the college and we were ...
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What does /r mean in a score?

Does anyone know what the "/r" in this score might mean? Thank you so much...
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Guitar String Ringing

My guitar string is ringing after the intended note duration and I am having a hard time muting the open strings. It is like the LET RING technique of guitar. So when do you know if you should stop ...
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Examples of jokes by Mozart

I’m reading a book about Mozart and the author mentioned that Mozart liked to laugh and be happy. Hence, he used to joke a lot. Three kinds of jokes are mentioned: Those that everybody would ...
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older sign for silence?

This is a manuscript from Mozart. Can anyone confirm that the sign that's circled is a silence and provide a bit more background about that symbol?
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Is “16va” proper notation?

Is the notation "16va" or "16vb" ever used to mean to transpose what is written up or down two octaves? I cannot think of how else you would represent the highest and lowest notes on a piano without ...
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Publishing sheet music: ISMN or ISBN?

I'm planning to self-publish some of my scores, and will probably also be publishing some scores for friends and colleagues. I'm confused as to whether my publications should have ISBNs or ISMNs. ...
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How should i play this 4/4 measure with 4 quarter notes and 1 whole note in it [duplicate]

So i came across this during my piano sight reading practice and I don't know how to understand it. There is a quarter note (C) with a whole note (C) right next to it. At first i thought they're just ...
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Dynamics using m, r, s, and z. What do they mean?

I've seen these dynamics that are notated with: 'm', 'r', 's', and 'z', but I don't know what the mean. I might have an idea to what 'm' means, which might mean 'medium' like in mp or mf, but I don't ...
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What is the key for “Purple Haze”?

I was looking at the sheet music for purple haze by Jimi Hendrix and I was pretty confused. The first two bars, and all over the song, has a LOT of accidentals. Then the root of the first chord was ...
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Do I really play this entire passage with my hands crossed? (Ludwig Schunke, Piano Sonata, Op. 3, Movement 2)

I've listened to Ludwig Schunke's Piano Sonata, Op. 3 before, and my favourite movement is its second movement (a scherzo), so I got the sheet music and tried to play it. It was surprisingly easy and, ...
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Do accidentals in one staff apply to notes in other staffs?

For example, when reading piano music on a grand staff, I know that if there is an A# in the treble clef staff (where it's normally natural), it changes all of the A's in the rest of that measure to A#...
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How to accompany with piano in latin music when given only chords?

Say we want to play piano and we know these things: We have a I-IV-V-I chord progression We we want to play a measure in C major (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) So if we look at I-IV-V-I in C major from the ...
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How long is a beat in seconds?

I wanna make a Minecraft noteblock song, and don't know how long a beat is in seconds (4/4). I know that 10 redstone ticks are in one second. I can use repeaters as rests, but I need to set the delay ...
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What would all notes played together look like in sheet music?

It seems to me as if you could only have an A or an A#, but not both together as they both share the same spot and are only distinguished by the # symbol. Now you could of course write the A# as a Bb, ...
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Symbol in bar 6 of Mikrokosmos piece “In Dorian Mode” [duplicate]

Today I came across an odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Microkosmos. The symbol occurs in Book 1, piece 32 "In Dorian Mode", bar 6. It looks like a dashed line that joins a note on the right hand staf and ...
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Bwv 639 Bach/Busoni note length and symbols

I am currently spending some time with this piece of music and I am a bit confused as to how long I should hold some of the notes and what some of the symbols mean. In blue: Should i repeat/hold the ...
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Problems reading sheet music with visual disability

I'm not really sure if "visual disability" is correctly said since english is not my native language and had to use Google Translator. My worries are about reading sheet music. I'm trying to learn ...
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Some numbers in notation, what does it mean and how do I replicate it in Guitar Pro?

I am trying to copy a page of (guitar) music notation to Guitar Pro, but I am a bit confused about what the numbers above ( "4" "3" "2" "3") and numbers in circles ("3" "2") mean... as well as how do ...
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Strange squished notes and can grace notes be tied? (is what I'm seeing a slur?)

Piece is traümerei, what does this squished note mean (the conjoined crotchet and semibreve) and how do I play it? Also can grace notes be tied? Or is any kind of connecting line on a grace note a ...
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Note durations in instruments [closed]

I am so confused about note durations in guitar. I know what note duration is. In guitar, if i play the low E string, it vibrates for a long time(sustain). I have no problem with the fretted notes ...
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Question about note stopping [closed]

When I play one note in piano, and play another after that, the latter makes the first silent. Does a particular note stops when another note is played , especially in piano?
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How does one know if a score is notated well?

I'm a programmer and in programming a code can be bad or good. It is easy to see by the way the structure is built and how blocks of code are arranged, what functions and procedures are used, and how ...
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How to read the music staff with key signatures included? [duplicate]

I am reading an introduction of music theory recently. From the first few chapters I learn the fundamental idea about notes, time signatures, music staff, treble & bass clef, interval and scale. ...
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Piano Notation - Hold previous note and add the next one [duplicate]

What's the correct notation for adding notes one finger at a time until the whole chord is played? On each eighth note, the next note is played by a new finger, but all the previous notes are held. So ...
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2 notes played at the same time [duplicate]

I want to create a notation for 2 different notes being played at the same time (half and quarter notes) in which the half note is played at first and the quarter is played at the second half of that ...
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Analyzed editions of classic piano sheet music? [closed]

I wonder if there exists such kind of editions: with the chords written down together with their function in roman numerals, the structure of the piece, the analysis, etc. More precisely, I'm looking ...
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How do different time signatures change how a song sounds?

I know that time signatures change how a song sound, but I don't know the rule, or how it does that. If a song is in 4/4 and it got changed into 6/8, I don't know how it would sound, or how much it ...
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How do I play this harmonic? (Guitar)

I've recently started learning to read sheet music for guitar. Something from a version of Capricho Arabe confused me. The tuning is in drop D. The first bar is a harmonic on the 7th fret with notes ...
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How to write these notes?

I'm having trouble in the first frame. For the left hand, I want the chord C# and E to be the full duration of the frame (hence dotted half notes). But I also want to play G# twice, on the second and ...
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How to mark up/edit short versions of pep band songs?

Question My band recently printed a brand new pep band flip book and we are required to make edits to the songs so that they are shorter. Since the books are nice and new I am curious as to if their ...
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What do I do when a crotchet is above a minim? [duplicate]

I’ve been trying to find out what to do when a crotchet is above a minim for my school band. Please can anyone help me out?
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What is this music symbol and how do I play it? [duplicate]

I have been playing the piano for 8 years and today I was reading the Katchaturian Toccata and I discovered a symbol, which can be seen below. I am mystified and searched for “Music symbols” but didn’...
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Dotted quarter rest vs. eighth note rest + quarter rest

Is it ever appropriate to use a dotted quarter rest vs. an eighth note rest along with a quarter rest?
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Which is the correct version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition?

I was using a score of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition from https://imslp.org/wiki/Pictures_at_an_Exhibition_(Mussorgsky%2C_Modest). This one was published by V. Bessel & Co. in St. ...