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Can I use/when can I use dotted rests in time signatures such as 5/8 or 7/8?

Elaine Gould's Behind Bars addresses this question indirectly, in two places: p. 160: "Grouping rests according to the metre" Rests must be grouped to clarify the divisions of the bar. ...
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How can Key be understood differently when composing music vs playing it as a musician?

It is possible for a musician to develop facility on an instrument, learn how to read music and play scales in different keys of varying numbers of sharps or flats and even play pieces without really ...
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What is the best way to notate/convey this ornament?

The ornament you're looking for is called a nachschlag. (See, for example, Trills in Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 2nd movement.) Presuming treble clef, the notation you want will look like an eighth-note B, ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor?

C and Am are NOT always the easiest keys - and I'm considering piano here. Just because they both (presumably) use the 'white keys' doesn't make the pieces easier to play. There are many, many pieces ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor?

There are many reasons why composers would prefer to write for piano on keys other than C or a. For instance: Absolute pitch of notes and phrases. The same theme played in C major and in G major ...
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How can Key be understood differently when composing music vs playing it as a musician?

As a musician, when I heard "X (song) is in the key of Y", this basically just resulted in me thinking in my head "okay, this means you're going to sharp all Cs, Fs, and As throughout ...
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How can Key be understood differently when composing music vs playing it as a musician?

Please don't think differently with your different hats on. The music probably hasn't changed. Key signatures are there to act as a guide, a reminder, as you state. We regard (as listeners, players ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

There are certainly 'safe' starting notes and 'only ask for this if it's an important feature' ones. The definitions will vary. Asking an elementary player to come in on anything written above the ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

I'd say the most useful thing you can do here is to know your ensemble (or the ensemble you are writing for). Even terms like "beginner" or "intermediate" have wildly different ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

It depends totally on the trumpet player's skill level, and experience. A seasoned player will hit just about any note playable, cold. So where does that leave us? For beginners, an octave and a half ...
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How can Key be understood differently when composing music vs playing it as a musician?

Key means center. "This is in C major" means "this is centered on C major". C major is the center. As a musician, when I heard "X (song) is in the key of Y", this ...
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How can Key be understood differently when composing music vs playing it as a musician?

The colloquial understanding of music being in a particular major or minor key depends solely on the tonic ("home note") and whether the 3rd scale degree is a major 3rd (for major keys) or a ...
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