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How to notate a non-standard hexatonic key

If you want it to be read and played, use an open key signature and accidentals. If you want it to be analysed and discussed, maybe concoct a non-standard key signature.
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meaning of the small circle at the end of the decrescendo?

Al niente. The decrescendo applies to the note length concerned (here a tied crotchet), and as the singer reaches the second beat, the decrescendo should just have finished, down to silence.
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

If possible please avoid uncommon notation! It will often not be easier to read. Maybe do something like this This is more or less how Schumann does this in Mondnacht:
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Why did Shostakovich use such long note values for such fast notes?

First of all you should note that this is notated alla breve, so comparing the time to quarters per minutes serves little purpose. Could this have been notated in 2/4? Yes, absolutely! Writing it like ...
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How to notate a non-standard hexatonic key

Use accidentals. Do not use a key signature. Further, do not automatically notate all notes of the 2nd and 5th scale degrees as D# and Ab, respectively. Using Eb and G# might make more sense in ...
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How to notate a non-standard hexatonic key

There's no particular rule for this, so you can go with whatever makes the most sense for your music. The particular scale you're using is more commonly known as the Augmented Scale and is notated C - ...
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

Simplest is to keep it in 4/4. The emphasis in bars of 4/4 is basically the 1st beat carries more. So, make the 2nd crotchet, 2nd bar, have an accent over it. You could also use phrase marks, if ...
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

I'll list my main points in headline form before expanding them: Meter does not always imply strong emphasis The highest goal should be clear communication There are no "rules," just ...
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Lilypond tremolo and tuplets

The dots are "correct" in the sense of the following convention: the tremolo notation means to fill the length of the note (here it is 3/16 = 8th with a dot) with notes that correspond to ...
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What do these rests mean? Carcassi Etude no. 1 op. 60 (Guitar)

That's correct: the rests show that the bass "voice" is resting while the upper "voice" continues. The double stem on the first note of each measure is also an indication that ...
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Which of the great composers wrote expression markings in German?

Pretty much every German speaking composer from Beethoven onward wrote at least some markings in German. For example, Beethoven's song An die ferne Geliebte: "ziemlich langsam und mit Ausdruck.&...
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How to interpret open ended gliss notation on guitar

Guitarists would usually call this slide instead of glissando, which is not a bad term as a guitar cannot really do arbitrary, controlled glissandi. So what you have here would be a slide out. This is ...
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How to interpret open ended gliss notation on guitar

It certainly is a glissando. Basically, play the two appropriate noes, on strings 2 and 3, as the tab says, then keeping pressure on those two fingers, slide down the fretboard, as far as you want. It ...
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How can I use different types of repeats in my lead sheet?

This is rather more complex than the linked question, and I think deserves an answer. Here's a solution. And here's an alternative solution. Just notate each section once, in order ABCD. Write over ...
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Tremolo notation for Sixteenth note triplets

This would have been notated differently in the 19th century, but contemporary practice is this: If it's necessary to make the rhythmic subdivisions clear:
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Interesting symbol in a piece of piano music

I saw this same question recently in the Music Engraving Tips group on Facebook. The consensus seems to be that it's definitely the symbol for Indian Drum Clef, but what it's doing there in this score ...
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What do triangle above or below the note mean?

Staccatissimo - not just short like staccato, but more detached and played with greater space between pitches.
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How does a natural change flats and sharps?

The raising and lowering by half step for sharps and flats applies only when relative to a natural tone. So, if you started with a G♮ and then added a sharp G♯, the change is a half step ascent. That ...
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What do these rests mean? Carcassi Etude no. 1 op. 60 (Guitar)

It's exactly that - think of the notes with upstems being played using fingers, and those with downstems played with thumb. There are two distinct, but joined parts here - the 'tune' and the '...
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Notate Double Sharp as ♯♯(Sharp Sharp)?

The website is incorrect. "##" is not used, nor has it been used, in musical scores. Elaine Gould makes no mention of the symbol in Behind Bars, and uses only "x" for "double ...
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

I wouldn't change the 4/4 bar structure, but rather perceive and handle it as an accentuation pattern, as known from the drumset. Drummers use it to spice up their rhythms. You can regard it as a ...
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Is there a notation for borrowing a beat from the next measure?

If I'm understanding you correctly, I would consider a solution with multiple aspects: First, I agree with Tim in keeping the example in 4/4. This way you show that 4/4 is the underlying conceptual ...
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meaning of the small circle at the end of the decrescendo?

The circle indicates al niente. Essentially the composer wants you to fade to nothing when you decrescendo.
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Is there a way to adjust the tab setting in guitar pro so that certain frets are not used when converting notes to tab?

not that i am aware of, you'd need a lot of rules to be added and it'd be a mess every time you wanted to import something. what you can do, however, is quickly move what string a note is on by using ...
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How to notate a non-standard hexatonic key

Hexatonic pole of C! I (and plenty other composers among history) used this here and there when composing in a more modal atmosphere. I love the suspensions made by this progression I-bvi-I with pads ...
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why is guitar music written one octave higher?

As to the original question, I think it was answered somewhere in there. But there was a lot of convoluted speculation about the issue. The rule is simple: the actual pitch intended is to be written ...

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