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Dynamic marking "f-p"

It means play forte the first time through, and piano on the repeat.
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Three diagonal lines that cross through both staves

In my opinion you're correct. I haven't seen them like in your example yet, but for me this seems like a repeat sign. Usually they have a dot on each side and are often found in drum parts for ...
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What do these symbols mean?

These are both shorthand notations that refer to music occurring simultaneously in other staves. The first notation (the slashes) simply tell the performer to "do exactly what the other violins (the ...
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What are these brackets? What do they mean and what are they called?

These brackets indicate a "first and second ending." The measures under the "1" are to be played the first time through and those under the "2" are to be played the second time. It's a nice method of ...
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How to write a score that begins with a pickup note and repeats

You can do this two ways. Do the first. It really is clearer. (How many verses are you going to make the singer(s) perform without a few bars rest though?)
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Can a double bar line begin a repeated section?

Double bar lines are used to mark beginnings and ends of sections but they are not the same as repeat signs. If there is no forward facing repeat sign then it repeats all the way to the beginning of ...
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How to indicate a tempo change during a repetition?

Just use text. I would put this information with the D.C. (or D.S.) marking and with the original tempo marking. But I would put it inside a bracket. So for instance, at the beginning: "Allegro (...
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How many measures minimum in a repeat

With music notation, one important consideration is legibility; and on that count I’d suggest that your single-bar example fails the test, in that it introduces navigational complexity without saving ...
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Three diagonal lines that cross through both staves

This notation isn't in Gardner Read's "Music Notation," 2nd edition. But your guess is reasonable because each diagonal-line group is three bars long what precedes the diagonal lines is also three ...
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Notation for a repeat section with 2 different beginnings

You can put a bracket over the first bar and a half with text saying "2x only". Clarify with "(both x)" where it starts the first time. This kind of indication is completely standard in musical ...
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Should I do the repeat sign when there is a fine

The repeat sign applies only to the first encounter with it. After the D.C., the piece ends at the Fine — no repeat.
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What does F.O. mean, and is it related to a repeat?

F.O. = "Fade Out". In the first case, for example, it means that after the D.S., once arriving at A, fade out rather than complete the section. In the second case, allowing the repeat covers ...
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What does ( ) = D.S.x mean?

It means that the very first time that measure is played, it's played with the non-parenthesized notation. On any subsequent visits to that measure, it's played according to the parenthesized notation....
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Lilypond first alternative has only one note

Doh. I omitted the outer curly braces around the two alternatives. The corrected version should be: \relative c' { \key f \major \repeat volta 2 { c4 c c c |} \alternative { { d d d d |} {e e ...
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Is there a definitive notation for multiple repeats?

Could try something like this:
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Dynamic marking "f-p"

It gets played as a sort of echo effect. 'f-p' is written to tell the player that it's forte for the first time through, and the repeat is piano. So your third idea is just right. It couldn't be ...
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ABRSM Exams: Repeating of bars

The guidelines say "All da capo and dal segno indications should be observed but all other repeats (including first-time bars) should be omitted unless they are very brief (i.e. of a few bars) or ...
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How to denote a note that should only be played during first repeat without voltas?

Your lower solution isn’t messy at all, and is precisely the kind of thing 1st and 2nd time bars are used for. However, if you really don’t want to use them, simply bracket the notehead of the note ...
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Is there a good way to denote nested repeats?

Repeat barlines for the short repeat, DS for the big one. Probably with some explanatory text. Or just write the 8 bars out twice. You'll find this sort of thing (picture) too, but with even more ...
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Is there a good way to denote nested repeats?

In this case, especially since your A section is only eight measures long, it's an easy enough thing to just write out the A section a second time without using repeats. (I can think of several ...
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How many measures minimum in a repeat

...measures BC with two different endings... Are the alternate "endings" in your example actual endings? If not, using voltas and repeats would seem to send the wrong visual clues about ...
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Da Capo in Lilypond

As alephzero noted you have to set the visibility of the mark. Because these kind of marks frequently need the same treatment you can setup your own commands for them so you don't have to remember the ...
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Is there a definitive notation for multiple repeats?

If it's choir music, then the number of times to repeat is usually apparent from the number of verses in the lyrics. Here's an example from the Lilypond documentation:
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What does a "repeat" symbol on the chord section mean?

It's confusing because it's unnecessary. A chord persists until the next one is stated or there's an obvious stop.
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How do I use efficient repeats in sheets for pop music?

You could try something like this, using just repeat signs and volta brackets: |-1.,3.-|-2.,4.-| || intro ||: A | B :|| C :|| outro ||
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Is there a way to notate the repeat of a larger section that itself has repeats in it?

You can introduce symbols (most often the "dal segno" sign pictured below; rehearsal marks are also not uncommon) to indicate the start of a repeated section, and then use a "to [sign]&...
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How would I notate this custom repeat scenario with sheet music?

You can use DS, DSS, coda, double coda but why? The song as is is only 27 bars. Eliminating a road map would add 16 bars (an extra verse and chorus if I’m reading it right) and avoid any possible ...
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Can a bridge be repeated?

This is entirely opinion-based, however… People will tell you, you can't eat sprouts & custard, or put pineapple on pizza. Sure you can, if that's what you like. There's literally no rule, law, or ...
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Unidentified symbol in music notation

Above the last measure in the piece there is a special type of repeat instruction: D.S.. This is an abbreviation of dal segno, which is Italian for from the sign, where the segno/sign is the symbol ...
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Is there a good way to denote nested repeats?

Write the following: (segno sign) [: A :] B C (D.S. con rep.) I would never use nested repeats. Better use this sort of navigation aids. The segno sign is traditional, the other way is to write a ...
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