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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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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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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What do you call plucking the violin strings with the finger, rather than using the bow?

I was attempting to learn a bit about violin sheet music, and then I wondered if the act of producing sound with the finger or the fingernail had a written notation. I had a hard time finding a video ...
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'Fine' at the end of the song

In a lot of music sheets, I've seen that they mark the end of the song with 'Fine' (example: http://www.jazzpla.net/H/Hassansdream.jpg) What does 'Fine' mean? And why is it used to mark the end of a ...
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Music Theory behind build ups

So a very common technique to use in an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) song is to create a build up by increasing the speed of the beat until it stops and drops (then proceeding to melt the face of the ...
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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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What is this third staff in G clef and how am I supposed to read it?

I once received sheet music from another pianist. Years later, I started actually playing the piano, and I'm trying to figure out how to read sheet music. The basics are pretty... well basic. ...
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Is there a typo in this exercise, or am I not counting correctly?

I have this set of right hand open string exercises for classical guitar. Many are in 4/4 but some are in 6/8 (see pic below). The notes are grouped in 6 but there is no tuple notation. Reading as ...
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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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Where can I find music notes for classical guitar and lute online? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sites with a good selection of sheet music Occasionally, I search for music notes online, e.g. for pieces by Sor, Dowland, Bach and others. Are there some good resources for ...
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What is the correct notation for a repeat section with 2 different beginnings?

I have written a hornpipe in AABB format which also has a counter-melody. On the first time through the A section the counter-melody rests until halfway through the second bar. on the second ...
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Writing sheet music on your smartphone

This is my first question so sorry if its a poor one for this style of forum. I regularly write and sight-read standard notation but there are plenty of times im caught without pen and paper or a ...
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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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Learning standard notation without succumbing to simply remembering songs?

I'm in a tricky position. I've been playing guitar for around ten years and am fairly good at improvising and tinkering around on a piano, too. I understand sheet music, I can decipher it, but I can't ...
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“crescendo” vs hair pin

symphony no.1 movement 1 page 16 by the string sections Working on Peter I. Tchaikovsky first symphony manuscript Conductor score. I came to a interesting observation. On the same page all ...
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Rests & Their Usefulness in Drums

Well, I'm a drummer. I've been drumming for the past three years. I can read sheet music and I had this question. What's the point of having 'rests' in drums. I mean, why can't you leave the part ...
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Beaming in different time signatures

I'm studying music theory in the UK, aiming for ABRSM Grade 5, currently working for grade 3. I'm having trouble grasping the rules for when to beam quavers. In my study book, by Eric Taylor, I see ...
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What do these squiggly arrows mean? [duplicate]

What does these squiggly arrows mean?
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What are these small numbers, and squiggly lines on this guitar sheet music

I'm trying to learn the Twilight at the Zocalo, and I found some odd notation I havent seen before. I'm asking for what these symbols are: The squiggly line between 2 notes The small numbers next to ...
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note cancelling or what is it called?

i came across a sign on my notation where a note is being played that is G after that there is a note in between e that is open but we first play it and then hammer on it... what is it called ?
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What does the 8 under the treble clef of the tenor part mean? [duplicate]

I have a piano theory exam coming soon and I have a question about the modern vocal score in open score. Usually, under the treble clef of the tenor part, there is an 8, but sometimes there isn't. How ...
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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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Exporting tabs from TuxGuitar to Lilypond

I am writing tabs from TuxGuitar and then export it to lilypond (Because I find it easier to do it in TuxGuitar). Here before exporting it to lilypond everything seems nice: But when I export and ...
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How are Band Scores and Piano Scores Similar or Different?

There are two sites I'm looking at that for a the same music book (same ISBN), one lists it as a 'band score' and the other a 'piano score'. I want to buy music for the piano, so if it's really a ...
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Would an accidental in a mordant still be effective for the whole measure?

This is from Bach's Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue: This would obviously be played D, C#, D. Let's say that there was a C on the same octave later in that measure. Would the C be sharp?
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Why is B flat in this key sigiture when B is never played?

In the below sheet music B is marked as flat however the only notes played are g g g d e c C. Is that just a typo on the part of the person who made this image and it should be on the upper C or am I ...
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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 ...
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What is this musical symbol?

First I thought it was a weird flat sign, but when I played the score it sounded odd. It looks a bit like a natural sign. Here's the whole measure:
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Creating lead sheets using MuseScore

I'm trying to separate a choral arrangement into simplified individual sheets for the different parts and instruments. Need to be able to create a sheet with: Music Lyrics Chords I have issues ...
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Is it possible to add notes with inverted stems on the same beat in Guitar Pro 6

I am writing a drum-kit sheet and I would like to add two notes on the same beat with opposite stems like this and also And so far, I haven't found how to do it, I only get this kind of stuff :
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How to add extra rehearsal marks in orch. score in Lilypond

In Lilypond (ver. 2.18.2), how can I place rehearsal marks above each staff group in an orchestral score? Currently, it only places rehearsal marks above the top-most staff only. Refer to the below ...
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How do you use an Ipad for sheet music

I'm just wondering how you guys use an Ipad or tablet for sheet music. Im interested in apps to have an easy workflow, how you change quickly through pages and if you use any other hardware or apps ...
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Learning Bossa Nova Guitar

It's been awhile since I have played guitar but I'm trying to get back into it. I really like bossa nova music and want to learn how to play it. I have some beginner sheet music that I am learning ...
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Learning to read music, please help, understanding time signatures

I am attempting to teach myself how to read music and have hit a wall. My trouble is time signatures and it was described to me as this: Imagine you are walking and you walk 1-2-3-4. This would be ...
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Lilypond generated with MuseScore does not fit the width of the page in XeTeX doc

I am using MuseScore 1.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 to write my scores. Then I save them as LilyPond files, and include them in my tex document using \lilypondfile, like this: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \...
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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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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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A sign on black orpheus' lead sheet

What is the name of this symbol and what does it mean? Source
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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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In a piece for piano and vocals, when I move the vocal part down an octave do I also need to move the piano part down an octave?

I'm a (not so experienced) guy and would like to try and learn a piece that has both a vocal part and a piano part. Since I'm a male, I think I need to sing the piece from the image I've attached (...
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Why are songs in Mixolydian mode notated in major mode? [duplicate]

I am learning "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles which is in G Mixolydian mode or C major. In the score I have of this song the writer notated the song in G major and used accidentals on the notes ...
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How to tell if a note is sharp or flat if there is no indicator

So I have this sheet music by Coldplay, the title of the song is called Clocks and I am trying to understand the notes. My question is how do I know when a flat or sharp is supposed to be played? I ...
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Fit odd number of triplets in a measure?

I'm trying to pass a melody from my head to the sheet and it consists of 29 eighth-note-triplets but I can't figure out how to break them into measures. If I start with 4/4, I can fit 2 measures of ...
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Difference between grouping 16th note

I found two different way to group 16th note in diffirent sheetmusic. I would like know if both are same or different as I am just a begunner to the world of music notes.
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Is it a typo or how do I play it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The same note on two staves I have put red arrows where I am in trouble. As I understand this, I should hit D but it is already pressed down. Do I misunderstand something or ...
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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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What does a “repeat” symbol on the chord section mean?

In the following picture, there's a "repeat" symbol on the chord section. I know the meaning of repeat symbols in the measures, but I don’t know what it means in the chord section. Does it mean to ...
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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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Two whole notes next to each other in a bar? [duplicate]

How do you play two whole notes next two each other? They're not stacked on top of each other but rather one is slightly right of the first. It's in 4 4 time and so that means 1 whole note should ...
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How to read flatted notes where music sheet's keysignature is flatted as well

This is my first question here. I'm a self-taught piano player and playing the piano since 7. I taught myself how to read notes and listened to many mp3s just to get the tempo and beat right for ...

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