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Manuscript paper

Manuscript paper is paper preprinted with staffs ready for musical notation. Manuscript paper is also available for drum notation and guitar tabulature.

                                               

Mensurstrich

Mensurstrich is a German term used in musical notation to denote a barline that is drawn between staves, but not across them. It is typically seen in modern editions of Medieval and Renaissance vocal polyphony, where it is intended to allow moder ...

                                               

Metre (hymn)

A hymn metre indicates the number of syllables for the lines in each stanza of a hymn. This provides a means of marrying the hymns text with an appropriate hymn tune for singing.

                                               

Modified Stave Notation

Modified Stave Notation is an alternative way of notating music that was developed in the UK where it is widely used. MSN is intended to be used by people who cannot easily read ordinary musical stave notation, even if it is enlarged, for some pe ...

                                               

Music engraving

Music engraving is the art of drawing music notation at high quality for the purpose of mechanical reproduction. The term music copying is almost equivalent - though music engraving implies a higher degree of skill and quality, usually for public ...

                                               

Music stand

A music stand is a pedestal or elevated rack designed to hold a paper score or sheets of music in position for reading. Most music stands for orchestral, chamber music or solo orchestra-family instruments can be raised or lowered to accommodate s ...

                                               

Musical note

In music, a note is a symbol denoting a musical sound. In English usage a note is also the sound itself. Notes can represent the pitch and duration of a sound in musical notation. A note can also represent a pitch class. Notes are the building bl ...

                                               

Musical tone

Traditionally in Western music, a musical tone is a steady periodic sound. A musical tone is characterized by its duration, pitch, intensity, and timbre. The notes used in music can be more complex than musical tones, as they may include aperiodi ...

                                               

MusicEase

MusicEase is a proprietary WYSIWYG scorewriter created by Gary Rader and produced by MusicEase Software. It enables computers using Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X to produce musical notation and listen to them in MIDI.

                                               

MusicWriter

MusicWriter was founded in 1989 by music industry veterans Jon Monday and Larry Heller to develop and market NoteStation, a kiosk-based retail "point-of-sale manufacturing" system for the distribution and printing of sheet music. Besides having a ...

                                               

Nashville Number System

The Nashville Number System is a method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree on which a chord is built. It was developed by Neal Matthews in the late 1950s as a simplified system for The Jordanaires to use in the studio and further ...

                                               

Natural (music)

In music theory, a natural is an accidental which cancels previous accidentals and represents the unaltered pitch of a note. A note is natural when it is neither flat ♭ nor sharp ♯ nor double-flat nor double-sharp. Natural notes are the notes A, ...

                                               

Neume

A neume is the basic element of Western and Eastern systems of musical notation prior to the invention of five-line staff notation. The earliest neumes were inflective marks that indicated the general shape but not necessarily the exact notes or ...

                                               

Niente

Niente, also called quasi niente, is a musical dynamic often used at the end of a piece to direct the performer to fade the music away to little more than a bare whisper, normally gradually with a diminuendo, al niente. It is often written as n o ...

                                               

Notations

Notations is a book that was edited and compiled by American avant-garde composer John Cage with Alison Knowles and first published in 1969 by Something Else Press. The book is made up of a large collection of graphical scores, facsimiles of holo ...

                                               

Notehead

In music, a notehead is the part of a note, usually elliptical in shape, whose placement on the staff indicates the pitch, to which modifications are made that indicate duration. Noteheads may be the same shape but colored completely black or whi ...

                                               

Numbered musical notation

The numbered musical notation, is a musical notation system widely used in music publications in China. It dates back to the system designed by Pierre Galin, known as Galin-Paris-Cheve system. It is comparable to the Gongche notation from the Tan ...

                                               

On-line Guitar Archive

The On-line Guitar Archive was the first Internet library of guitar and bass tablature, or "tabs". Born from a collection of guitarist internet-forum archives, it was a useful resource for musicians of all genres for over a decade.

                                               

Optical music recognition

Optical Music Recognition is a field of research that investigates how to computationally read music notation in documents. The goal of OMR is to teach the computer to read and interpret sheet music and produce a machine-readable version of the w ...

                                               

Orchestration

Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for an orchestra or of adapting music composed for another medium for an orchestra. Also called "instrumentation", orchestration is the assignment of different instruments to play the differ ...

                                               

Oriscus

An oriscus is a type of neume found in gregorian chant. It is a single neume, meaning it represents one pitch, unlike a compound neume, representing a sequence of more than one pitch. It is considered an ornamental neume, like the strophicus, qui ...

                                               

Ossia

Ossia is a musical term for an alternative passage which may be played instead of the original passage. The word ossia comes from the Italian for "alternatively" and was originally spelled o sia, meaning "or be it". Ossia passages are very common ...

                                               

Parsons code

The Parsons code, formally named the Parsons code for melodic contours, is a simple notation used to identify a piece of music through melodic motion - movements of the pitch up and down. Denys Parsons developed this system for his 1975 book The ...

                                               

Partbook

A partbook is a format for printing or copying music in which each book contains the part for a single voice or instrument, especially popular during the Renaissance and Baroque. This format contrasts with the large choirbook, which included all ...

                                               

Pesante

Pesante is a musical term, meaning "heavy and ponderous." It is often used in Romance languages, such as Spanish or Portuguese, with the word pesado meaning heavy in both of these languages. The French equivalent is pesant. In performance, "pesan ...

                                               

Petasti

Petasti is a neume of Byzantine chant notation, which is usually called a flutter in English. In the most general form it means "Go one note up, and stress this note", where the "stress" is usually interpreted either as a mordent of Western music ...

                                               

Reduction (music)

In music, a reduction is an arrangement or transcription of an existing score or composition in which complexity is lessened to make analysis, performance, or practice easier or clearer; the number of parts may be reduced or rhythm may be simplif ...

                                               

Pitch class

In music, a pitch class is a set of all pitches that are a whole number of octaves apart, e.g., the pitch class C consists of the Cs in all octaves. "The pitch class C stands for all possible Cs, in whatever octave position." Important to musical ...

                                               

Prolation

Prolation is a term used in the theory of the mensural notation of medieval and Renaissance music to describe its rhythmic structure on a small scale, as opposed to tempus, which described a larger scale. The term "prolation" is derived from the ...

                                               

Qinpu

There are several different types of qinpu one can obtain: original editions, photographic reprint, lithographic facsimiles and modern reset editions. Original editions are qinpu printed at the original time of publication, or re-issues during th ...

                                               

Rehearsal letter

A rehearsal letter is a boldface letter of the alphabet in an orchestral score, and its corresponding parts, that provides the conductor, who typically leads rehearsals, with a convenient spot to tell the orchestra to begin at places other than t ...

                                               

Repeat sign

In music, a repeat sign is a sign that indicates a section should be repeated. If the piece has one repeat sign alone, then that means to repeat from the beginning, and then continue on. A corresponding sign facing the other way indicates where t ...

                                               

Rest (music)

A rest is a musical notation sign that indicates the absence of a sound. Each rest symbol and name corresponds with a particular note value for length, indicating how long the silence should last.

                                               

Rhythmic mode

In medieval music, the rhythmic modes were set patterns of long and short durations. The value of each note is not determined by the form of the written note, but rather by its position within a group of notes written as a single figure called a ...

                                               

Ring Tone Transfer Language

Ring Tone Text Transfer Language was developed by Nokia to be used to transfer ringtones to cellphone by Nokia. The RTTTL format is a string divided into three sections: name, default value, and data. The jintu section consists of a string descri ...

                                               

Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that originated in New England and was later perpetuated and carried on in the American South of the United States. The name is derived from The Sacred Harp, a ubiquitous and historically ...

                                               

Scientific pitch notation

Scientific pitch notation and international pitch notation) is a method of specifying musical pitch by combining a musical note name and a number identifying the pitchs octave. Although scientific pitch notation was originally designed as a compa ...

                                               

Segue

A segue is a smooth transition from one topic or section to the next. The term is derived from Italian segue, "follows".

                                               

Shakuhachi musical notation

Shakuhachi musical notation is a traditional tablature-style method of transcribing shakuhachi music. A number of systems exist for notating shakuhachi music, most of which are based on the ro-tsu-re ロツレ and the fu-ho-u フホウ systems. Traditi ...

                                               

Shape note

Shape notes are a musical notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in late 18th century England, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Shapes were added to the notehead ...

                                               

Sharp (music)

In music, sharp, diese, or diesis means higher in pitch. More specifically, in musical notation, sharp means "higher in pitch by one semitone ". Sharp is the opposite of flat, which is a lowering of pitch. An associated sharp symbol that resemble ...

                                               

Shorthand for orchestra instrumentation

The shorthand for the orchestration of a classical symphony orchestra, or Orchestra Instrumentation Numerical Notation, is used to outline which and how many instruments, especially wind instruments, are called for in a given piece of music. The ...

                                               

Siffernotskrift

Siffernotskrift or sifferskrift is a form of numbered musical notation in which numerals are given which correspond to musical notes on given instruments. The system was devised and used by Swedish clergyman, psalmist, and music educator Johan Di ...

                                               

Simplified music notation

Simplified music notation is an alternative form of music notation designed to make sight-reading easier. It was proposed by Peter Hayes George. It is based on classical staff notation, but sharps and flats are incorporated into the shape of the ...

                                               

Slide (musical ornament)

The slide is a musical ornament often found in baroque musical works, but used during many different periods. It instructs the performer to begin two or three scale steps below the marked note and "slide" upward - that is, move stepwise diatonica ...

                                               

Slur (music)

A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation. A slur is denoted with a curved line generally placed over the notes if the stems point downward, and under them if the stem ...

                                               

Solfege

In music, solfege or solfeggio, also called sol-fa, solfa, solfeo, among many names, is a music education method used to teach aural skills, pitch and sight-reading of Western music. Solfege is a form of solmization, and though the two terms are ...

                                               

Solmization

Solmization is a system of attributing a distinct syllable to each note in a musical scale. Various forms of solmization are in use and have been used throughout the world, but solfege is the most common convention in Europe and The Americas.

                                               

Sonido 13

Sonido 13 is a theory of microtonal music created by the Mexican composer Julian Carrillo around 1900 and described by Nicolas Slonimsky as "the field of sounds smaller than the twelve semitones of the tempered scale." Carrillo developed this the ...

                                               

Sori (music)

Sori is a symbol that corresponds to a quarter step higher in tone in Iranian traditional music. It looks like an "> sign crossing two vertical lines, and can be used like an accidental. Alinaghi Vaziri, a well known Iranian master in music, e ...