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In a piano score, what is the meaning of a V with a dot in it
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It's called a "staccato duro", and as the other answer correctly wrote, it's a marked staccato, i.e. shorter than the note duration and with force. For future reference: all musical symbols ...

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What is the meaning of an 8 followed by a dotted line?
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It's an ottava-line. Or shorter: an 8va line. It means you should play those notes one octave higher than notated. There's also an 8vb-line (ottava bassa) to play the notes an octave lower, which is ...

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Time signature issue in MuseScore
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It's called an "anacrusis" or pickup measure. 1/ Easiest way is to add one when you start a new score, just tick the checkbox and add the value: 2/ Another way, e.g. if you already have ...

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What's a 'goal-oriented harmonic narrative' in music?
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Since it's Cage I assume he means it's too structured. Beethoven's pieces have clear narrative structures: beginning, middle and end. And also the smaller sections and harmonies are pretty vectorial, ...

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How long is Staccato?
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I seem to remember a musician telling me staccato is used for readability too, for instance this: is (arguably) more easily read than this: It puts visual emphasis on the counter rhythmicness of the ...

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Sibelius Notation for Slightly Changed Repeat Passage
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I'd use 2 voltas instead. It's easy to do in Sibelius and it could be argued it's easier to read too.

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Dynamic range for sampled piano
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There's nothing wrong with the VST of course. In fact it tries to stay true to the dynamic range of a real piano (which in reality is even greater!) You should determine a set of settings that sounds ...

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When do you end a pedal sustain on a row change?
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They are played differently. With m4-5 there will be a clear audible gap and with m9-10 not. So I'd definitely go with m9-10.

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Bending strings to play chords?
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It's just a matter of practice. And possibly correcting your hand positioning. My advice is to exercise on a classical guitar (too.) It's less forgiving in some aspects and will force you to learn ...

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Can I get a sense of how good Logic Pro is at MIDI -> MP3 conversion without installing MacOS?
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Judging by your other questions it seems you don't quite understand how far midi is from real music. It's like expecting an highly evocative and emotionally acted stage performance generated from ...

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How to differentiate interpretively similar sections in Satie's Gnossienne #1
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I hope this makes sense, but to me the difference is that in the "Du bout de la pensée" (A) part you "lean back" and in the "Sur la langue" (B) part you "lean ...

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I have trouble writing within the boundries of chord progression
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One of the hardest lessons to learn is: what works for you? Your brain is literally unique. There is no other brain exactly the same anywhere and never has been. Obviously some things can be said ...

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Usefulness of complex chord names?
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Mainly they allow for easier transposition. If you want/need to transpose a song to a different key it will be a lot easier and faster to do this with chord names compared to individual notes, since ...

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What does "function" actually mean in music?
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Contrary to what many people seem to think here, to me the definition of "function" is exactly the same in mathematics and music (and computer science). Let's look at the definition from dictionary....

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What is this type of notehead called?
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It's a double whole note, aka breve, and lasts twice as long as a whole note. Eg. in 4/4 it'd count for 2 measures - 8 quarter notes.

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Problem with a tie
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Because the Eb3 is in a second voice. In the handbook they explain how to use multiple voices in a staff: https://musescore.org/en/handbook/voices Now TBH, but I'm definitely no expert, I'd find it ...

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Notes become silent after move in logic
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In garage band those bars visualize expression. Could be the beginning of the region has 0-values for expression, which would mute the sound

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Meter and time signature headache
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I had the same problems (see Many, seemingly random time signature changes) until it sort of "clicked". I think there's 3 things you need to keep in mind: 1/ start at the beginning, not somewhere in ...

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How to make something sound REALLY far away
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It depends on many factors and the sound of a trumpet plyaing on a playground (i.e. outside) will differ from one playing in another building. And then obviously the layout of the room, the ...

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Can an original composition be an arrangement part 2
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Different people use slightly different definitions of composition and arrangement, but what it boils down to is this: a composition is the result of composing, i.e. imagining and creating a piece of ...

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How do I record system sounds in Audacity?
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(disclaimer: I'm sacrificing correctness for understandability here) You need to make sure that your sound card is treated as a loopback device. A soundcard takes an input signal, transforms it and ...

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Can you send a Start, Stop and Set Time MIDI messages to GarageBand?
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Not a complete answer, but it might help you a bit further? It seems you can send start and stop midi signals from a controller to Garageband, e.g. here in the Nektar GX 61 manual p.12 (http://support....

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Notation of piano arpeggios, cross-staff and between hands
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No, it's not ok to discard the rests in this case. And honestly, It'd be far more readable if you put the E on a ledger line in the bass staff. Unless for some reason you absolutely want them to play ...

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Piano2MIDI How to record video of MIDI visualizer and real piano player integrated into one?
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Not an expert, but definitely looks like a simple overlay of a synthesia video on top of a recording of him playing the song on a keyboard. So, say you want to record this in one go, you need to: ...

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How to write triplets in 4/4 time without using a 3 on top of the notes all the time
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I'd write it in 12/8, it's easier to write. And to read. And it will be interpreted the same.

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Is absolute pitch acquired by training, genetic or both? And if possible, is it much harder than relative pitch?
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It has to have some kind of genetic/biological basis. I have no musical education whatsoever and didn't start playing an instrument until I was 12. Unfortunately I'm totally not gifted, so I have ...

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Writing to 4/4 midi grid with triplets for drums
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No, the 2nd "T" should not come at the second beat, but slightly earlier. You cannot fit a triplet into an exactly quantized 1/32 measure, since every triplet note needs to take up 10.66667/32nd of ...

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How to practise exact timing on the piano?
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The problem is you've taught yourself to play it wrong, which means that now if you try to play it right, it feels wrong and awkward. My guess is you upped the tempo too early when learning it, which ...

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Any tips on writing the structure of a song for a band which does not read music?
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Use post-its or a digital equivalent of it when you're constructing the structure of the song. Map the colors to the various types of the parts, e.g. yellow for verse and red for chorus, green for ...

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The proper way to mark sustain pedal for MuseScore playback and live performer?
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Maybe this is just more noise, but I'm going to try to clear up some of the confusion, inadvertently raised by the other answers. So, first of all, let's separate this into 2 problems: what's the ...

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