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 ok to use irregular key signatures for neutral scales?

So for 24-TET neutral scales is it correct to use irregular key signatures? or do I need to use a minor with accidentals or something?
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What are the numbers below the notes in Sarasate's "Gypsy Airs"

I would like to know what these strange numbers below this legato section of the violin solo sheet of Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20, measure 7 denote. I know ...
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I'm looking for music Transposition and tablature software applications [closed]

Is there any free, open source software to use in music transposition and tabbing? I'm on latest Windows. Thanks.
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Curved line that connects treble staff and bass staff [duplicate]

I'm new to piano and have stumbled across a bent line that connects notes on the treble staff and bass staff. What does it mean?
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Beatles, "She's Leaving Home", Chord Question

Beatles, "She's Leaving Home", Chord Question In the first line there's an F#m7, but when I was figuring out the chords while listening to the song, it sounds like an Amajor to me. F#m7 - ...
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How do you exactly notate in 31-TET?

So I always wanted to compose a song in 31-TET inspired by a song I heard on musescore some months ago, the thing is that I didnt know how to notate in 31-TET, so obviously i want to learn.
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Why does my clarinet play a "Bb" when the music shows a "C" and I finger for a "C"? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and was doing fairly well until I tried to play a tune with my granddaughters on flute and piano. My clarinet was not in tune with their instruments. I have ...
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Is there a misprint on this note in the Maple Leaf Rag?

When I play bar 11, it sounds off. Compare to bar 15, you can see that the 2nd chord for the left hand is different. Is the second chord for the left hand in bar 11 a mis-print?
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What are letters in parentheses (no chords)?

I have piano sheet music (~100 measures). At two bars, there's a letter in parentheses added - (a) and (e). Due to the context, I don't think it's chord symbols. My first guess was, it's additional ...
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8 below note played as octave or singular note?

I'm working on the piano solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, and I'm unsure - when there is an 8 underneath this E, is it meant to be played as just the lower E, or as a full octave (as in the measure ...
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Meaning of a left bracket at the beginning of a chord

I've come across this notation in the score of Gershwin's second piano prelude: a left bracket at the beginning of a chord. I have also seen it in the score of Rachmaninoff's C-sharp minor prelude, ...
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B flat major triad - music theory

I'm absolutely new to music theory and really wanna learn piano myself at home without teacher. I've got a new sheet for a song and trying to figure out why B flat major chord can have different notes....
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How do you know which order to play stacked notes in

I’m learning how to read sheet music and I learned Sign of the Times by Harry Styles using one of those yt vids where it tells you the name of the note to play. I know the first notes on the bass clef ...
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What is this weird two-notes-in-one-note notation? Scriabin Piano Sonata [duplicate]

I was looking at sheet music for Scriabin's Sonata No.2 in G-sharp Minor, and came across this interesting notation I'd never seen before. The piece is written in three-halves time signature. I was ...
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How do you set the number of measures per line or page in LilyPond / Frescobaldi when you have a score with multiple instruments?

As I am doing an arranging project, I was wondering how to set the number of measures per line and therefore page as it is a score with a rhythm section and five horns. I have seen these pages (line ...
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"Nothing Else Matters" measure contains too many notes for 6/8 time signature

How is this a 6/8? The notes can’t fit The measure comes from Metallica "Nothing Else Matters" guitar solo.
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Why didn't Bach sign his manuscripts?

From what I can tell when looking up images of Bach's manuscripts, he often didn't sign them. Is there any specific reason for this?
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Is there an error in the score of Luo Ni's "G Minor Bach"?

In this score of "G Minor Bach" by Luo Ni (which is a kind of remix of Bach) in the note that I circle in red, the sound is very strange. Is it correct? Do you also hear a strange sound when ...
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How to play this in 6/8 [duplicate]

I saw this notation written in 6/8. What I don’t get is how the last two notes can be dotted as they are already 1/8 notes
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Why would an arranger change a major G6 chord to a major C chord in second inversion?

I am studying Cold Play's "Don't Panic", and in the piano arrangement, the arranger has changed a major6 chord to an inverted chord with the same bass. Here is the score In the original ...
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What does the apostrophe mean in Falk's №1?

See the picture from the guitar composition: What does the apostrophe mean and how does it affect playing ?
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Transcribing a PDF to Guitar Pro

I am very new to Guitar Pro and music theory/notation in general. I have a pdf with some music that I want to input into Guitar Pro, but it seems like the time signature doesn't match with the notes ...
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Three dotted notes in 6/8 time signature

How many seconds will each note take in this 6/8 time signature, if tempo is 120 bpm? My analysis : Rest in the beginning will take three 1/8 beats - 0.75 seconds in total. The three A note will take ...
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When should the last ending bracket(volta) be closed and when should it be open?

I have a question about the last volta(ultima volta, last ending bracket). When should it be closed and when should it be open? I have found a document about that topic, which can be found here on ...
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What is this upside down square fermata?

I was wondering what this marking means, it looks like an upside-down square fermata or an upside-down down bow marking with a dot. I found it in a piece for cello by Nadia Boulanger.
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What does it mean to "play what is not written"?

"You must play not only what the composer wrote, but also what the composer did not write." That's a paraphrase of advice that's always stuck with me (but the source of which is long ...
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How do I play this section from wedding march?

I have been struggling with this for so long, and I cant find any answers. Plz tell me how do I play it? I would be thankful if anyone could explain what that chord below G means and what Tr means. ...
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Determine Bass Fingerboard Position without Tab

If you are sight reading a piece of music from standard notation, without the tab, how is it possible to work out the position? I'm wondering if there is a trick, as I want to be really good at sight ...
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note with stem above and below [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the following type of notation? All I know regarding the stem location is the common rule of going down below the third line and up otherwise, but I'm not familiar with the one ...
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Key Signature Only On First Line

This might be a dumb question (I’ve only been playing nearly 2 years), but if the key signature is only stated on the first line of the music, would that still apply to the rest of the music or not? I’...
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What Songs Are Best to Practice Reading Sheet Music and Playing Flute? [closed]

To whom it may concern, I am a high schooler that has been playing flute for a few years but struggles with reading advanced sheet music. What are some songs that are best to play, that will help ...
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What is the best way get rhythm section notation (rhythmic notation, kicks over time, and slash notation) to display in LilyPond / Frescobaldi?

I have an arranging project due very soon, so I decided to ask this while I might still get help and a response. What is the best way to get rhythm section notation techniques like rhythmic notation, &...
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How to interpret double dots and lines with numbers above the staff [duplicate]

I've been learning to play the piano by myself for a couple of moths and today I came across a song in my book that got me confused. I know that double dots inside double bars means that you have to ...
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Is there any official/semi-official standard for music symbol visual appearance?

Is there any official or at least widely recognized source that documents the visual parameters of music symbols? Something that says things like: "The note head shall be an ellipse with the ...
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Translate musical sheet into audio [closed]

I have a tiny musical sheet that I would like to find out how it sounds. Is there a way to transcribe this into something that I could listen to? Sound-quality is not relevant of course, I would be ...
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What does a plus sign below a note mean?

See an example below: What do these plus signs mean?
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Why does the pedal sign look like “Leo”?

I play piano. I took Trinity College London grade 6 practical and finished my theory course. I still don't understand why the Pedal sign looks like the word “Leo”. Could someone tell me what this is ...
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Once sheet music is all digital, will there be any reason not to just always colour-code notes?

This question Is there a color code for notes? includes a few standards for colouring notes, to make it easier and faster for our brains to tell the difference between notes. For example: C = blue, D =...
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Chord or tabs sheet for Baden's time [closed]

Can anyone please tell me the chords or tabs for baden's song to play on Acoustic guitar ? I wanna play it so badly pls help me . song : Baden's time (https://open.spotify.com/track/...
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Why use 5 or more ledger lines below the bass clef instead of ottava bassa lines for piano sheet music?

One thing that has bothered me when listening to classical music with the sheet music also scrolling by is its persistent use of 5 or more ledger lines for low enough bass clef parts instead of ottava ...
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Two different clefs at the start of a piece on the same hand

I am looking at the intro for the "Piano collections" of Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy VI Terra's theme, which starts like this . The right hand is pretty straight forward, but the first bar ...
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How can I set LilyPond's "Point and Click" from Skim to VSCode?

I'm working on on MacOS High Sierra, and I'm trying to use Point and Click so that Skim (PDF viewer) redirects to a specific file/line/column/character/letter/whatever on VSCode. I've found a couple ...
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What note is this and how many counts does this have? [duplicate]

How many counts do this note get and what is the note called? I’m confused
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Accidentals do not apply to all voices in same clef? [duplicate]

Until now, I thought that accidentals apply to all notes of the same octave and the same clef during a measure. However, I'm currently learning the following piece and it seems to be different (4/4 ...
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What do these two diagonal lines between bars mean? [duplicate]

They look like tremolo bars but they're not beside any note.
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Voice in bass clef too far apart for one hand

Given the sheet below (4/4 measure signature), how would you play the bass clef? My understanding is that this is one voice with a large range (not two right?). I'd hold down G1 & ♭D2 in the ...
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Is there a method to know which string and fret to play on guitar when reading sheet music without tabs?

Is there a way to find out which fret position would be optimal? Or is it a matter of personal choice? (When no additional info is given in the sheet music)
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Are there any good websites on which to teach yourself to read sheet music? [closed]

My question is simple: Are there any reputable websites that I could use to learn/teach myself how to properly read sheet music? I have in my search come across a few that seemed OK, but they came ...
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If a note is raised in a measure, does it mean the other notes of the same pitch are also raised? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a bad question, the music reads like this A #F D F A F D F now you can see only the first F is raised, but on the piece is actually played with all Fs' of that measure raised. ...
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Smaller notehead in Mozart K545, mvmt 2, m. 47

This is Bar 47 of the 2nd movement of Mozart's K545. I noticed the lower notehead in the circled part is smaller than all the others. I suppose it's not a printing defect? What does it mean, and how ...

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