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I wonder why they called notes by names like A..G. Wouldn't it be better to give them numbers? Could this be troublesome or better? E.g., I have numbered notes on my guitar neck in standard tuning as ...

I've been asked to accompany a local choir on my baseguitar and in the notes they sent me, I have found two chords notated above one another (see image below). This is not the first time I've seen ...

From Leonard Ornstein's Tarantelle (1963) Unlike pedal markings, these are above the bottom staff. I feel like it could be phrasing, but that's normally indicated by the beaming of the notes. What do ...

When notating a piano score, and a C diminished seventh chord must be notated, I do not know what conventions to follow. How does the key signature govern the notation? For example, assume the ...

I'm having trouble understanding the 2nd bar of Nocturne Opus 9, No.2. I'm still learning sheet music so I'm finding a certain section confusing; maybe I don't understand the music correctly. The ...

I am looking through scores of pieces that I particularly like. I can't understand (as this is the first time I have come across it) why here, in the manuscript, some instruments are named as ...

I have notated (via LilyPond) how I would like a turn to be played in my score. Is this an acceptable way to notate this?

I'm new to piano, and I'm new to music. 12 notes, 7 letters, and I'm mad at teacher. I tried looking up why there are only 7 letters for 12 notes, and I'm not satisfied. Why do we have sharps and ...

Total dummie (non-programmer) question here. There are permutations like these, for example: (n=9, r=2) {1,2} {1,3} {1,4} {1,5} {1,6} {1,7} {1,8} {1,9} {2,1} {2,3} {2,4} {2,5} {2,6} {2,7} {2,8} {2,9} ...

What I self studied is that an accidental stays throughout the measure to the bar. Lately I saw in a theory work book, there's two conditions 1. The same note. (That's ok with me) 2. It's on the same ...

When I mark a note with an accidental, is that accidental gonna be applied to that note for its duration or is it applied every time that same note is played in that same measure?

For the final 3 chords/notes, what hand plays what? (The piece is Lilium Elfen Lied OP, Transcribed by TehIshter.)

I recently stumbled across a piece of music for the piano that confused me a little. The first image is how I found the score, the second is how I rearranged it myself. How I usually find pieces, ...

I am reading a measure of music (in bass clef) in which a flat E is followed by a non-annotated E. Should that subsequent (4th) E note be played flat or natural? I feel like there should a natural ...

Below is an excerpt from a not very known piece (in 4/4 time) that prominently features abuses ornament notes: In an attempt to simplify the piece (which is full of similar ornamentation) while ...

I know that a 12-note scale (as in the currently ubiquitous 12 equal temperament) is called "chromatic". In a chromatic system, there are sharps and/or flats, but no neighboring sharps and flats. ...

It seems to me that the quarter rest we see everywhere was drawn with a calligraphy pen. I don't have one of those - I have a sharpened/mechanical pencil or a ball-point pen. So usually when I try to ...

While reading through Bach's Goldberg Variations, I noticed that at least the first few bars seem to be mathematically impossible. How would one play the first few measures of the bass when there ...

I am writing a piano score and at one point I have a bar with multiple voices, one of which is quite high above the staff. I would like to write the top voice with 8va to make it more readable, but I'...

I am struggling with the basics of Time Signatures. For one, I see it as more of a 'beat' signature. Notation is old, and time signatures are of an age where there was no clock, or way of keeping time ...

How does one play this trill in this Mozart Sonata? Does it mean we play 3 notes (Eb, F, Eb) before the last two notes of the second bar? Or how many trills does one have to play?

I want to play this song on the piano and I don't know the meaning of the dashed line connecting the two F notes in measures 8 and 16.

Answers to the question How do they decide the key? point out how useful it is for a jazz musician to be able to play a piece in any key. So, in jazz, why does sheet music give chord symbols with ...

I'm a beginner piano player. How do I play the stacked notes in the third bar?

What is the difference between the symbol in the upper-left corner (with no arrow) and the one next to it (with an upwards arrow)? Aren't the two the same?

Hi I'm in the middle of transcribing Cappella music. The melody is in 'G# minor'. I have in succession F natural and then up to F#. My question is how should I notate the F natural, do I notate it as ...

While playing this Rachmaninoff prelude, I came across this strange marking in the left hand connecting the 2 voices and am wondering what it means. My edition is by Boosey and Hawkes, if that helps.

So whats up with the last measure? It seems that the last two notes are too much. There are already 4 times 4 1/16 notes? It's a piece from Bach; BWV 597

I was reading a piece of music (a modern transcription of Begli Occhi by Barbara Strozzi, 1654), and came across a puzzling bit of notation: a pair of ceiling brackets (the upper halves of square ...

I have a song that is 96bpm but it says "Moderately slow, in 2" at the top. Does this mean the song is actually 192bpm and that the person who wrote the notation decided to write it as 96bpm? Could ...

Short version How would I notate a repeat and fade in a music sheet, for the entire piece? Is there a standard way to do it? Long version I've been transcribing a piece of music of a SNES game, and ...

My question concerns this short piece of music: http://czteryrefy.pl/data/dskgrtx/teksty/nuty/pressgang.html The key signature has 3 flat signs. But there is no actual A♭ sound in the song because all ...

I've been writing a piece for winds and marimba, and I was looking to see if there was a proper way to notate this technique. I haven't seen an answer on music forums, but have heard many pieces use ...

Does the size of the notes have any meaning or is this only for space purposes?

Particularly in 20th century "atonal" orchestral music, one from time to time comes across a score in which staves that have no music are not notated with a whole rest, but rather are not even printed ...

Recent questions led me to discussions of theoretical keys, which are defined by Wikipedia as keys with at least one double accidental in the key signature. (Unfortunately, the source of that ...

Notation for blind people?

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Let's assume a person can no longer see, but he can play a musical instrument. He wants to read notes and learn new pieces. Is there any kind of notation system for such blind people?

After the tempo there are eighth notes that are equal to a quarter note and an eighth note with a '3' on top. What does that mean?

This is an excerpt from Unravel – Tokyo Ghoul, a solo piano piece. I'm wondering about this following section highlighted in the green circle: Is this note played at the same time as the regular ...

When I name a file of a music score on the computer, I use a 'b' as flat and '#' as sharp. My question is is there in any way to use the real sharp or flat? It's not a big problem but for esthetic and ...

These are from For Whom the Bell Tolls drums: I understand the sixteen-notes triplets, but the other 3 above them confuses me. The first sixteen-note of the triplets would be in the same location as ...

I'm very new to composing and notating, and sheet music has never been my forte (no pun intended). I've already composed a piece and I'm now trying to notate it. What I want is two voices - in the ...

What does the horizontal lightning bolt over the C sharp mean? Also, what do the double grace notes (the two semiquavers joined by a beam) mean?

Let's say I'm singing and there's no dynamic mark at the start. I'll sing at my default "normal" volume. Then there's an mp so i get a bit quieter. If there had been an mf I would have got a bit ...

When writing music for piano, what is the most professional-looking way to notate that you should play the right hand notes, or the top staff, during only the second time through a repeated section? ...

For example, in the key of G, why is the sharp not put next to every F note? I think this would make it easier to sight read quickly, especially for keys that have many sharps or flats. Is there an ...

I'm spending a lot of time sight reading piano music and one thing that is constantly trying me up is a scenario like this: A note, D say, is sharp in the left hand. In the same bar, another D, an ...

sharps and flats occur in the middle of tunes to change notes from the originals in that key. They are called accidentals. What about when they're used IN the key signature? They're obviously not ...

I am recently writing a piece for violin and piano. Should I write the f and p dynamic markings of the violin above the stave of violin or below? Also, should tempo markings such as rit. written on ...

So I have written this violins part on one staff where at a certain moment I want the concert master to play solo and the others play something else (some pizzicato accents in this case) What would ...

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