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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Is it best to use a tie when using 8th notes off the beat?

I am notating my bongos in 4/4. If you look at the last two bars, they are the same rhythm but notated differently. Can you tell me if the 3rd or 4th bar would be the most correct way to notate the ...
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How to play Ending (1-bar) using keyboard?

What does Ending (1-bar) mean? How to interpret and play this in an electronic keyboard? Does that mean the when the ending button is pressed, the default ending music should complete within a bar?
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What are your techniques to research music basics signs, theory and for sheet music?

There are many questions about music basics, scales, keys, signs, harmony, chords etc. which could be answered by own researches if people had better strategies for searching. This is because they don'...
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Hollow, x-shaped noteheads

I came across this line of sheet music, and I've never seen these hollow "x" shaped noteheads before. I found it in this search engine, and the title or lyric seems to be in Chinese. I wasn'...
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Is there a way to use LilyPond with Visual Studio Code?

Some time ago I found a git repository with a Lilypond's syntax extension for VSCode. I looked it up within VSCode's extension finder, and it was there as well. And this extension is really useful, ...
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Learning a new piece — tips to make sure to get all the notes accurately from the start (piano)

As a self-learning piano beginner, I make tons of colored markings in the score of a new piece. First I must highlight all the notes that are included in the key signature so as not to forget they ...
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What do these numbers above the notes on my guitar sheet music mean?

I'm trying to learn guitar. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and learn sheet music at the same time as scales. I've got a PDF document that has a bunch, but I am confused by these numbers ...
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How often intermediate or advanced piano pieces use more than 61 keys? [duplicate]

I am a self learning keyboard player and due to financial restrictions I am thinking about buying a 61-key keyboard. However I am worried by how this range can affect me in the near future as I ...
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How can I use a custom text font in LilyPond?

I'm trying to use the "Hiragino Mincho ProN" font for Japanese text on the title, but I don't know how to use fonts, not even the other default ones (Sans and Typewriter). I don't have any ...
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How to tell if a note is sharp or flat if there is no indicator piano [closed]

I'm a Naruto fan and I'm trying to learn this one song called despair on piano but I can't tell where the sharp or the flat is. On the video it shows where but on the sheet it doesn't which make it ...
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How do opera singers get their music?

How do opera singers get their music? Are all the vocals and parts in a single book of some kind and all the singers get that book, or is it sheet music for each part, or does each role have its own ...
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How should one play those codas?

In the below arrangement of "Ah Istanbul" by Sezen Aksu, how should one play all those codas and segno?
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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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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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How this combination of notes is played? (Piano)

I am new here, I hope this is the right place to ask the following. I am practicing Étude 2 by Philip Glass and there are some parts of the score that look impossible for the fingers. But I see ...
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Mozart K545 Bar 36, Bass clef, last G, natural or sharp? [duplicate]

Mozart's sonata K545, Bar 36, bass clef, the urtext edition from sheetmusic2print shows a natural sign ♮ in front of the F rather than its preceding G (see picture, in red circle), why would the F ...
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Two ties in a row

The image was from a video on YouTube. I think I only heard one G played on the third measure. So why did the author have the two one quarter G in the 4th measure instead of a single one half G ...
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how do I put solfege on for chords?

How do I put on solfege for multiple notes stacked/chords? I mean, I could put it separately, but how do I indicate which solfege goes to which note?
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Do I need to be able to read sheet music to become a good pianist?

I really like playing the piano, but i don't enjoy reading sheet music. I could see myself as a pianist when I have the qualification to become one. But as I said, I don't know how to read those notes!...
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What's your trick to play the exact amount of repeated notes

Not sure if I am the only one, (maybe reminiscences of dyslexia?), but when I have to play repeated series of notes like in 'Schradiek, school of violin technics' I tend to under or overcount the ...
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Multi-track midi to sheet music [closed]

I am looking for music software that has the following features. I've looked extensively online. There are many packages that can do midi -> sheet music. However, I can't tell if they can do the ...
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What is the correct hand position for this chord?

I'm a beginner (2 months playing, no teachers so far), and I'm trying to learn how to play Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone's piano sheet. However, I cannot figure out how to position my hand for ...
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Can you help me expand this trill in Mozart's Sonata 16 (k545)?

I wonder if I am reading it wrong, or if i need much more practice on this segment. It simply doesn't sound right when I play it. Can you help me expand this trill into actual notes on the sheet ...
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Saxophone sheets

This is my first post in this StackExchange, so I dont know if it is pertinent. Please let me know if necessary to change something. I am playing saxophone already for some months and I would like to ...
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How to make a da capo or dal segno playback include repeats in MuseScore?

I'm currently writing on musescore, and I have a problem getting the desired playback using dal segno: the second time through, repeat signs are ignored. According to this link, inner repeats in a ...
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LilyPond - “Table of Contents” TOC in different languages

I am working on a music-book using LilyPond with different languages (here English and German). I created a minimal working example (MWE) referring to a snippet that can be found here in the LilyPond ...
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LilyPond - Adding dotted lines to “Table of Contents” TOC

I posted a question on here about two different coding techniques on how to add a table of contents to a LilyPond Book. I am kind of stuck with the solution in the first example, since it gives me the ...
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Write tenor and alto sax Score along piano

please ! someone help me understand this. I am writing a score for piano and tenor sax in C Major, simple. Now, how do you write the music on the sheet for both instruments In this example, is the ...
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Why are there fingerings in Liszt's Beethoven's 9th transcription, a piece for a very skilled player who presumably doesn't need the finger markings?

I was watching along with an entertaining video of Liszt's solo piano transcription of Beethoven's 9th symphony. This thing is over an hour long with numerous technical feats and is surely something ...
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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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How do I represent these measures (bends and prebends) in GuitarPro?

I was reading through a book when I came across this lick. I tried to represent it in guitar pro but am finding difficulty. Can you please help me with this lick? I understand that these are grace ...
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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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What to do when you don't trust the sheet music (or guitar tab)?

I'm working on learning a piano tune from a book of sheet music. There are 1-2 bars that just seem wrong to me, to the point of distraction. Having lost trust in the correctness, I'm not motivated to ...
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paperback vs sheet music

I am trying to buy a copy of Well-Tempered Clavier. What is the difference between the two formats: paperback vs sheet music? https://www.amazon.com/Well-Tempered-Clavier-Part-Signature-February/dp/...
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What do these left arrows or angle brackets mean to the left of a chord?

I almost wonder if this is a weird way to draw an arpeggio, but they seem like distinct arrows or left angle brackets each on a line to the left of a chord in piano music on the left-hand bass clef. ...
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Do classical-music performers use editions other than urtext to prepare?

Do any performer of classical music use printed editions of classical works (I mean those that published during the composer's lifetime) other than urtext editions for performing. If this is true, can ...
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What does this bracket mean in violin music sheet?

I am a self-taught violinist and need help understanding this sheet music.I know how it sounds thanks to YouTube but I wonder its name and its meaning.
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I must hold the notes?

I'm working in a piece and I have a couple of questions I must hold the notes C and Eb the whole time? If I must hold them, what happends at the last chord I must press Eb again?
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Why does this sheet music say A7sus42?

In the sheet music below, there is an A7sus42 notation above the 2nd half of the measure. However, the left and right hands only play A, D, G which I thought should just be an A7sus4 chord. Is my ...
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Does the natural sign still apply with the octave up sign?

The first natural sign means all E5s will be natural, so the first E5 and the second E5 will be E naturals. But then the 8va sign comes in and the third E is actually an E6 but resides on the same bar ...
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Pieces written specifically for minikeys

I never treated minikeys as anything other than a portability trade-off and something used for creating short loops with midi-controller, but recently I got a Yamaha Reface DX and I'm having so much ...
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How to play these trills from Clementi's Sonatina in C Major on piano?

I'm having trouble playing the trills below, especially with the two sixteenth notes at the end. Basically, I'm wondering if the trill's notes were written in full, how would they look? This comes ...
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Convenient notation for doubletime

I am trying to write drum sheet music and I'm not sure if using the following notation, to indicate doubletime over this one is allowed. To me, the first one seems more convenient, especially when ...
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Need help with reading this fragment from piano sheet

I'm a beginner in playing the piano and I came across these signs that I don't know. What do they mean and how should it be played? Second measure, first notes for the right hand: the three dots ...
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Rest above a note in a piano piece

I am playing a piece and wondering, what the heck is the rest making there above the note? The piece is in 3/4 so I see no purpose of the 1/4 rest. I've been googling around but did not find any ...
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Reading piano music sheet for left hand play

So I am trying to learn how to from this video. I have very limited know-how to read basic note symbols. This is my first time trying to read a Piano sheet. For left hand only: At 0:02 (first ...
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what are some good practices for sight reading sheet music? [duplicate]

I'm teaching my self to learn the piano, currently I've started learning sheet music. I feel as if I'm not progressing as fast as I'd want and I'm hoping to find some practices to make my sheet music ...
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Are these diagonal dotted lines legitimate notation?

I came across this score with diagonal dotted lines: Source: https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0016239 Compare with this more typical voice-plus-instrument score of the same song: ...
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How to write very high/low notes in G/F clef?

Standard piano music sheets contain G and F clefs, which can display comfortably (without using a lot of ledger lines) around 48 keys C2-C6. I wonder how people write the very high/low notes, i.e., ...
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Where to repeat in this Jingle Bells score?

My son (5th grade) has received this Jingle Bells score. He shall play the treble clef on the piano. The colourful highlighting is mine for the purpose of explanation here. I have played piano ~25 ...

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