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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Bracket symbol added to G clef

What does the symbol mean that is added to the clef in the Tenor voice in Poulenc’s Mass in G Major? It has a similar shape to an old C clef, but it is added to the existing G clef.
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Why are page turners only for pianists?

This might be a silly question, but why is it that pianists (sometimes) get a page turner, whereas violinists, cellists etc. turn their pages by themselves? A violinist too can have both hands busy, ...
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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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When was the first recorded usage of a musical score?

Music is quite universal in the sense that you can hand a musician almost anywhere in the world a piece of sheet music and they will be able to understand it. I've been wondering this for a while now; ...
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How to play a piano score with three staves?

I've decided to learn La Colombe by Olivier Messiaen, but the score looks like this, and I can't make any sense of it. What might be the purpose of this notation? Thank you very much :)
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If the time signature changes, does the key signature change as well?

Consider the following snippet from Where Is My Mind (arranged by Maxence Cyrin). Notice how after the first few bars there's a time signature change. Does the key signature also automatically change ...
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The Harmony of Clashing Tempos

The jazz guitarist John McLaughlin once published a book of scores for a number songs that he composed for his Mahavishnu Orchestra. There are some very unusual theoretical conundrums that come up ...
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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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Markings and symbols in Paganini violin compositions

In a lot of Paganini's violin compositions, there are bolded but sometimes not bolded capital letters like A, B, and C. I look at the note that it is above and it doesn't click for me. In Nel cor piu ...
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How can I rehearse and perform with PDF scores on screen instead of paper scores?

As a chorus and opera singer, I have gotten tired of lugging thick opera scores everywhere. Most of the music I sing is public-domain, and the scores are freely available in in PDF form. I am working ...
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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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Over/under pitch note

I know there is a quarter tone notation, but is there a symbol for music score that will simply say over/under pitch? I think quarter tone notation might be too strict/rigid in music arrangement that ...
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Playing overlapping notes

I am reading a piece of music (Aurora's Theme transcribed by Tigero) for the piano and a part of the music sheet has me completely stumped: It appears that the B and E (surrounding the middle C) ...
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What is this cross staff tied/slurred note supposed to be?

So I am learning Messiaen's Transports de Joie from L'Ascension suite. Things are fine until there is an ambiguous note on the top of page 16 (we are in F♯ Major and both hands are in the treble clef):...
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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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Name for pedal markings

Is there any name for the inverted V (∧) in pedal markings? Or are they just known as part of pedal markings?
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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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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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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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How do you not get lost between measures?

How do you not get lost between measures? For example, if I start on measure 28 and the the next measure down is measure 40, how do I not play early or late?
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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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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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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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Extra lines and curves in guitar tablature?

What do these two things indicate in guitar tablature ?
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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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Do conductors scores (“partitur”) ever differ greatly from the full score?

I believe most conductor’s scores are full scores, with all instruments appearing on them in a prescribed order, in the same notation the player will see However, it seems like there would be ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to know key of a melody

How can you tell what key a melody is in if it uses notes found in multiple scales? And if a note is introduced from a different scale than the one it was in, does that change the key? What if it only ...
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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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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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