Questions tagged [notation]

For questions about visual representation of music and its uses. If the question is about a specific type of notation like tablature, that should also be tagged. Questions about how to input specific notation are best served with the engraving tag.

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How can I include shape notes in a Google Doc?

I am working on a document about shape note singing. This is music notation that is developed off of the solfège scale, where each note is given its respective shape. (Do is an equilateral triangle.) ...
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Most readable way to write left hand flowing towards higher notes

I'm struggling to make a simple passage I've written look and feel 'comfortable'. The left hand is 'travelling' across the piano. Which of these are more readable? My instinct says to stick with the ...
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What does a white/hollow punctum represent in Gregorian notation?

The title resumes my question well: what does a white/hollow punctum represent in Gregorian notation? From: les Bénédictins de Solesme. (1959). Paroissien romain, contenant la Messe et l’Office: N° ...
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How to play a turn? [closed]

What does the turn notation symbol mean to play rhythmically? what if it is not on the note but in between 2 notes? thanks
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Notation shorthand for two notes going in quick succession

Ex. Could these 32-notes be notated as one note with some ornamentation/articulation? Is there a standard shorthand notation for that?
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Is there an alternative notation for polychords that won't be confused with slash notation?

We have a terrific guide on slash notation, a notational practice in which, for example, Gm/D means a G-minor triad with a D in the bass (i.e., in second inversion). A polychord, though, is indicated ...
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In a reduction why are some notes stemmed together?

Here you can see in the first bar the reduction of the first bar has the ^1 on the second beat while in bar 2 the two tones are stemmed together. Why?
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Do I apply a sharp to all the same notes? [duplicate]

I play guitar and for one of my songs, the sheet music shows sharps for only higher notes and not the lower notes. Do I apply the sharps to the lower notes? For example, G on string 1 is a sharp but ...
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What do those diagonal lines mean on lead sheets? [duplicate]

Here's an example I just found online and there are many more in jazz lead sheets I found, etc. I was also wondering, when I'm writing a lead sheet and there are sections that are just instrumentals, ...
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Suppressed repeated tuplet numbers

In older scores that have been engraved by hand, it is very common to see something like this: i.e. if there are many of the same tuplets in a row, the tuplet number is shown only for a couple of ...
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Ties with dots in Haydn

Here's an example of ties with dots on the end tied note in a Haydn String Quartet (Op. 76 No. 2). There appear to be many differing views on how these are to be interpreted and played. What do you ...
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Which is more comprehensible for a player after writing fortissimo: forte or meno forte?

So after writing ff when you want musicians to play very loud, would you rather write f alone or meno f if you want them to go a bit softer but still loud enough?
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams [duplicate]

The following section (mm. 49–52) is from "Metamorphosis II" by Philip Glass with 4/4 signature. I don't understand how beats are adding up: There are 4x6 16th notes in each G clef measure, ...
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How do you properly read an extended scale chart?

This question is about reading extended scale charts. Example A: Shows a small segment of notes that are easy to read and practice. Example B: Shows all possible notes and I don't know where to start ...
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Which publishers use editorial slurs and ties with a stroke?

A bit strange question here: have you ever encountered a slur or tie marked as editorial with short stroke in the middle (like the one that can be found e.g. in Dorico)? The thing is, I try to ...
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