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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 the “down beat” quaver note in a swing piece the same length as a crotchet triplet?

In 4/4 time, when 8th notes are swung the 1st quaver in the beat becomes longer than the second quaver and depending on how much the piece is swung the second quaver gets shorter as the 1st quaver of ...
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*Quarter Note* = invisible?

I pulled up a new song on piano and started looking over the sheet music when I saw Quarter Note = invisible. Does anyone know what this means? And what it changes to the sheet music?
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Lilypond spacing between lyrics and next system

I’m trying to improve the legibility of my scores by increasing the basic-distance between systems. There needs to be some whitespace between the last verse and the next system below. Here's what I’...
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how are non-swung notes notated in a swing piece? [duplicate]

When 2 quavers = 3 triplets at the top of the piece the notes are to be played swung. To me this means that the up beat in the piece will be closer to the next beat instead of falling exactly in the ...
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Lilypond - Repeat with Partial Mesaure at the End

This demonstrates the problem: \relative c' {c4 d e f d e \repeat volta 2 { f g a, b c d } \alternative { {e2} {e2~e2} }} (And here's a picture: I need the first ending to be half a measure, ...
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Fake book music. Why are there two lines of chords?

I have a piece of music from a fake book which has two lines of chords above the melody. Is the second line an alternative, or should it be played on the repeat?
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How to play similar notes appeared simultaneously? [duplicate]

Hi, before all, I searched but could not find a similar question, sorry if it is a repetitive question! At the beginning of this piece of Music (the first few bars) composed by Yanni, in both pictures ...
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why is some sheet music written 1 octave lower?

Why are some vocal lines in songs notated 1 octave lower than what is actually sung. Here is an example: I am pretty sure that Britney Spears voice is singing octave higher than what is notated here ...
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Why is 12/8 used sometimes for songs in 4/4 in sheet music?

I understand that 12/8 can be counted as 4/4 time where each beat gets a triplet but I don't understand why some songs that seem apt for 12/8 still get written out in 4/4. What are the criteria for ...
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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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Trouble reading sheet music

I've been learning a piece called "Recreation - The Swapper" by Carlo Castellano, and when it comes to these notes, I have no idea which notes I should play on my piano. Everything I try sounds just ...
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Is it necessary to put nuances indication at the start and end of a crescendo/decrescendo?

On one song I'm writing, I'd like to finish the song with a decrescendo on two measures. My question is, is it better (or at least useful) to add a nuance at the end of the decrescendo like in the ...
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The Song “Spanish Guitar”: How is this played on piano/keyboard?

The Song It's called Spanish Guitar. PDF Link: Spanish Guitar.pdf. What I know This music has music symbols and info I'm unfamiliar with. But this what I've found searching on the internet: vivace:...
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How to hear the pattern and the chords - guitar?

Any tips about how to hear the picking/strumming pattern and the chords out of a song? For example, I am trying to get the picking pattern and the chords out of this song - luckily you can slow the ...
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Chord sounding weirdly/ how to read those notes (Piano) [duplicate]

So I've got some notes I would like to play on my piano, but when I do, it sounds quite weird. Maybe I'm not playing to good notes, maybe I'm mistaking when I'm reading the sheet. The two sharps at ...
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What does the abbreviation “SA” in my score mean?

In have no idea what the abbreviation stands for nor its interpretation for the singer. The positioning of this abbreviation sits atop the staff sometimes. I could only find the (multiple) ...
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Last notes sound out of key when played lower?

D, G, B♭ B♭, E♭, G C, F, A A, D, F Those sound ok to me but 4th sounds wrong when played low down on piano. Or are they all not right? I've uploaded part of the track. It sounds how I want it to ...
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Why is there no indication of relative loudness on sheet music?

When I'm playing on a piano I can read which keys I should press and when. But there seems to be no indication how loud each sound should be in relation to another. Why? It seems to me that this ...
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What does “Saltino” mean?

Does anyone know? The piece is for piano.
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As a guitarist, is there a way that I can look at a piece of music and determine which pentatonic is used?

I'm presuming here that the music score is a 12 bar blues form and that the melody is written to use a C Major pentatonic or an A Minor pentatonic or some pentatonic scale. I've been transcribing ...
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Notes preceding slurs: legato or not?

In the few piano pieces I've learned, I've sometimes seen notation ambiguous to me whether or not to play the notes immediately preceding slurs as legato. For instance, the treble clef in bars 3 and ...
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What does this bold letter preceeded ny a roman numeral indicate? [duplicate]

I'm trying to read this etude by Coste and frequently I find a bold B followed by a roman numeral in the score. What exactly does this indicate? Thanks. Here is the score: http://www.classclef.com/pdf/...
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Are there any music rest holder extension available for Keyboard X stands? [closed]

I'm putting together my setup with piano keyboard and second level synth and the piano keyboard I have (mx88) doesn't include a music rest or holder. Surely there's some product that will bolt into ...
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How to deal with constant time signature changes?

So I am going to learn Mariage d'Amour on the piano, but the sheet music constantly changes time signatures. It jumps between 4/4 and 5/4. I even saw 3/4 and 3/8! Is there a way to learn this piece ...
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How do I play these measures in “Fur Elise”?

I don't know how to play measures 13-16. The change of Clef confuses me.
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Accidentals in the same register in a measure with a clef change

From a notational perspective, is it clear that the second C4 in the image below is flat (if in fact it is)? I've never encountered a situation like this before.
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Is it ok for a choir to learn by listening?

I'm in a high school choir and we just got a new teacher. He is adamant that we don't listen to rehearsal tracks or recordings, because "real musicians don't." Is there merit to this? Is it better to ...
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Playing vocals on instrument

I’m not advanced sooo just wanted to ask- i found a music sheets with vocal and accompaniment. As no one will sing for me i need accompaniment. Is it possible to merge it? I play on piano, so I can do ...
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What happend if flat and sharp in one line before any of them neutralized? [duplicate]

its back normal or following the new rule? for example E-flat hits sharp rule became E and E-flat hits flat rule became D or back to E-Flat?
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What type/format of sheet music is this?

With zero experience in anything related to music (except listening to music :P), I started my journey in learning to play the guitar yesterday, and I'm following a tutorial on Youtube. I noticed on ...
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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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What exactly indicates natural after double sharp/flat?

I have this measure in a score: A the beginning we have F double sharp, and after that there is natural on this F##. I play that as F#. It sounds as it ought to and it is logical to me that one ...
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How to play same note with left and right hand

This is a piano sheet. The second line is in bass clef. The blue one and the green one are same. How should I play this two? Should I pick up my left hand and play the blue one?
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What are the words above the staff called (especially at the beginning)?

What is this text above the staff for, and what is it called?
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What exactly is a beat in sheet music/music?

A quick google search will reveal common answers, such as, beat is a steady "pulse" of music, beat is the foundation of rhythm, or beat is a basic unit. However, to me these are vague answers and I ...
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Indicating the expectation for improvised rhythmic ornamentation

I'm currently transcribing some baroque guitar music. For some pieces the performer is expected to improvise a rhythmic ornamentation, e.g., for a notated quarter note you are free to play several ...
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Meaning of a dotted quarter note next to bpm in sheet music

I am trying to recreate a song using midi in my DAW (I use cubase). The song is in 12/8 time. I thought I was doing everything right except when I finished the first few bars I played back and ...
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What does “Moderately slow, in 2” mean at the top of a piece of music? [duplicate]

I have a song that is 96bpm but it says "Moderately slow, in 2" at the top. Does this mean the song is actually 192bpm and that the person who wrote the notation decided to write it as 96bpm? Could ...
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Does vibrato’s or tremolo’s count as rhythm?

I noticed that the song "Somebody I Used to Know" used the wobbly guitar in the refrains. I was wondering if they used it for rhythm on the e’s of the beats ? What’...
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Music sheet for piano, with two clefs, whats the reason for additional chord symbols?

In some music sheets, I see two clefs for both hands, but also chord symbols on top, example: What is the reason for it? Are this chords just for reference? Is it enough to just play notes as is on ...
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Writing piano music: play top staff 2nd time only

When writing music for piano, what is the most professional-looking way to notate that you should play the right hand notes, or the top staff, during only the second time through a repeated section? ...
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What do the letters D and E above the staff represent here?

A mystery from a musician friend of mine: In the Alpine Symphony by Strauss, the oboe, Eflat clarinet, and bass clarinet/C clarinet have these D's and E's scattered throughout the back half of the ...
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Why are ledger lines (lines below or above the staff) used in writing music?

Is the C represented on a line below the staff same as the C on the third space in the staff? If so why are the ledger lines used, when they make reading the music slightly difficult? Edit: I am an ...
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Musical notation created specifically for squared paper

Just out curiosity (because for practical needs I'll still just use music paper) but is there any music notation system which is best suitable for squared paper? I mean, obviously I can just dray ...
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How would I play this piano bassline?

The two notes (A) in the bass clef seem to be played at the same time. However, this is music for piano, so I can't seem to figure this one out.
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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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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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What are some strategies to compose a rather simple melody?

I'm pressing some keys on the piano but I can't seem to get any ideas for creating a simple melody? Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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Finding sheet music

What do you call a Sheet where there is no Vocal? I play the piano, where the right hand plays the melody(vocal?) and my left hand will play the background. I have problems on finding music sheet ...