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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What is the difference between marcato and forte?

What is the difference if a note is marked with forte (f) or if it's marked with marcato (^)? Would it sound differently?
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Need help reading piano sheet music

I'm a newbie and trying to make this piece of music in FL Studio, but I'm having trouble reading this piano sheet. How should I suppose to read these parts where the notes zigzaging each others like ...
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Piano 2 notes at the same time [duplicate]

How the flip do you play these 2 keys at the same time? Is it like that you hold it with another finger, or acts kinda like a ghost note?
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Can the treble clef be used instead of the bass clef in piano music?

I have been learning the piano for a few months now and I am having trouble learning the bass clef. I have played other instruments that use the treble clef so I know it well. Can the bass clef be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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. ...
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Unknown Notation - Dotted Half notes connected by three Bars [duplicate]

My question is similar to the one posed here, Unknown notation - thick horizontal bars between notes, but this notation is not exactly the same. In the beginning bars of An der schönen blauen Donau - ...
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How to write triplets in 4/4 time without using a 3 on top of the notes all the time

I am writing a song and in cubase (DAW) the score I get looks this. Is there really no better way to write this without using a 3 on top of each beat? Is there something I could put at the top of ...
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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 and if you look at the last two bars, they are almost the same. Can you please help me by telling me if the 3rd or 4th bar would be more correct? It seems silly using a ...
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Musescore: add dotted 16th note triplet on a dotted 8th note space

I am trying to transcribe a piece of sheet music in Musescore however, I am having difficulty to make a triplet of dotted 16th note in the score Can anyone help me with this please. I have tried ...
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What's the meaning of a half note with a flag?

In Carcassi's Arpeggio exercises (for guitar) there are passages like this: Do these half notes are connected with eighth notes? What does the half notes with flag means? BTW, how to include these ...
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How should I play a measure where one of the voices doesn't add up to the time signature but the other does? [duplicate]

I'm sorry if the picture isn't clear. It is in 4/4 time and the two notes with downward facing stems (which I assume are a separate voice) are dotted quarter notes. Edit: Attempt to clear the ...
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How should I write this passage to make it the most readable?

Been writing something and was wondering how I should notate these measures to ensure readability. These three ideas are floating around in my head but if anyone else has input please send it my way.
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How to recognise polyrhythm in a piece

I came across a part I found really interesting and quite challenging to my piano level in the piece Arabesque No.1 in E major by Claude Debussy, where both hands seems to not follow the same time ...
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Letter “A” above staff in violin pieces [duplicate]

This goes along with my last question involving nel cor piu non mi sento by paganini, however this is a picture of what I was literally looking at. Thanks to you guys, I learned what small letter "A"s ...
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Difference between Minor and Diminished Intervals

The minor is decreasing Major intervals (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th) by half step. Diminishing means made the perfect or the major intervals smaller by half step as well. So what is the difference? I am ...
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What does an isolated horizontal dash mean in figured bass notation

Here you see a fragment from Francesco Geminiani's Guida Armonica (ca. 1752), a sort of 'dictionary' or catalogue of figured bass snippets. My question is, what do the isolated horizontal dashes mean ...