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Notation (circles and diamonds) in flute score

The circles indicate harmonics. The player fingers the notes with diamond noteheads and overblows to sound the notes written with normal noteheads. Notes played as harmonics usually have a more '...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

The thing about music and rhythm and the connection to writing is that most musicians, amateur to pro have an innate sense of rhythm and are able to conceptualize, copy and create things that are very ...
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What is the meaning of 8va combined with the bracket?

There are two separate symbols. The 8va plus dotted line mean to play that passage one octave lower than written. The solid bracket under the final note is a (damper) pedal indication. You press down ...
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Figured Bass Standalone Accidentals

Yes, an accidental by itself always refers to the third above the bass. I also have not encountered a double-accidental in baroque music, though Wikipedia places them as early as 1615, which at least ...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

It can be tricky to know exactly what your rhythm "sounds like," but to figure out how it's written. I'd suggest letting some technology help. If you can sing or clap or tap your rhythm, ...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

For notes "smaller" than sixteenths, there's no standard counting mnemonic. The best option I've found is to change the beat note and then divide the count accordingly. For example, consider ...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

1e&a is fairly safe. But the trouble with mnemonics is that they aren't as 'intuitive' as we like to think. For instance, these two readings of 'Elephant' are equally possible and equally ...
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Fitting music in a single, long system for scrolling in Lilypond

The solution is very simple. Just put this line into your \paper block: page-breaking = #ly:one-line-auto-height-breaking and it should Just Work™. The width and height specified in the \paper block ...
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What does B7sus mean when learning which notes to sing in a song?

This music is written out in a standard way - showing 4 different parts. The lower two are what could be played by piano,l.h. and r.h.; the next up is what the singer sings, obviously with the words, ...
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What does B7sus mean when learning which notes to sing in a song?

The "letters" above the staff are chord symbols. They denote harmony of the piece, as meant to be played by a guitar or some other instrument. The accompaniment usually keeps playing when ...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

Can't speak for everyone, but I'd split each crotchet (say) into two, and count 1e&a for each quaver. Don't think there's an 'industry standard' for those, but each would have their own trick. ...
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Figured Bass Standalone Accidentals

double flats and sharps (𝄫, 𝄪)- were they ever actually used in figured bass notation during the Baroque period? I don't recall ever spotting double accidentals in the figured bass sheets I've seen ...
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Notate whole note right hand and eighth notes left hand

This really is the best way insofar as: the musical intention is for a whole note in the right hand, and it's well-established convention at this point. However, one does sometimes see the left-hand ...
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Is there a way to sing actual clear, nice two notes? (Polyphonic overtone singing)

No. We only have one vocal apparatus each and the apparatus can only truly resonate at one pitch as a time.
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Are these groups of notes played together?

The clue you're looking for is in the note values! The semibreves are full bar length. The quavers count up to eight - the correct number to fit the whole bar. So the chord and the first quaver must ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The question has been answered but maybe some practical things can be added. The only scale needed to construct or read individual chords is the major scale from the root note. For B with its many ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The first four bars of the Bminor blues are Bm7 / Em7 / Bm7 / Bm7 What does the 7 mean? It means a minor seventh about the bass pitch B. ...Does it indicate that the 7th note of the Bminor scale... ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The 7 in a chord name means to include the major or minor seventh above the chord's root. A 7 by itself means the minor seventh, an M7 or "triangle"7 means the major seventh; thus, a four-...
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What is the time signature in Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters"

I prefer 6/8, the most used metric for binary compound time. The bottom number could be 2,4,8,16 et cetera, and you still could read this perfectly. But 6/8 is most habitual. Through the whole song, ...
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What are the key things I need to work on for writing rhythmic notation?

One help could be a good note writing program on your computer. The note program will always fill a bar with notes + rests and notates complicated rythms correctly. It will allow you to see the notes ...
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Transposing Piano Accompaniment for Vocalist - When to Change Clefs

Whilst you can mechanically transpose piano parts down a fixed interval, there's a good chance you'll end up with something that sounds muddy in places. If you have the time it would be better to ...
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