36 Answered Questions for the topic Notation

07/01/19

Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor?

I have trouble deciding what accidentals to put in the key signature for pieces in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian or Mixolydian modes. There seem to be trade-offs associated with each choice.For example,... more

06/27/19

Correctness of writing H3C as opposed to CH3 in a carbon chain?

I have been studying alkanes, alkenes & alkynes for a while, and I see in the examples that all the basic structural formulas start with $\\ce{CH3}$, then $\\ce{CH2}$, and the last carbon atom... more

06/26/19

Are you still playing a scale if you don't include every note in said scale?

For instance, if you're playing C major, and instead of playing C D E F G A B, you play C D E F G A, or C D E F G, would that still be considered playing in that scale or key? Because I doubt that... more

06/23/19

What should I do about composing 'soft' accents for piano?

When composing for the piano, I often find myself writing a lot of sudden soft notes. I need an accent mark that suddenly softens notes. From my knowledge (and searching the web), I can not find... more

06/22/19

Over/under pitch note?

I know there is a quarter tone notation, but is there a symbol for music score that will simply say over/under pitch? I think quarter tone notation might be too strict/rigid in music arrangement... more

06/19/19

Understanding Time Signature: How do I identify the time signature of a song?

I have played music for years and I still don't understand what a time signature actually signifies. I understand it from a superficial sense. If given sheet music I could tell you what time... more

06/19/19

Notating Augmented Chords?

When writing an Augmented chord, which inversion of the chord should I use? The problem came up while I was composing (piano). I came to an augmented chord and couldn't think of which version to... more

06/17/19

Do the notes in a scale have to be played in order?

Beginner here, it seems like a scale just defines a particular set of notes that don't have to be played in any order to me. But if you look at A minor pentatonic scale you have A, C, D, E, G, yet... more

06/14/19

Is it possible to write a melody which can't be notated?

Is it possible to have a piece which can't be notated using the musical notes we currently have?

06/10/19

4/4 corresponds to 12/8 but 4/4 =/= 12/8?

How is it possible that a 4/4 signature corresponds to a 12/8 signature ? 4/4 is equal to 1 and 12/8 is more than 1 . If i try to divide a 1/4 in 3 notes i get 1/12, not 1/8 as the 12/8 should be.

05/27/19

Understanding Time Signature: How do I identify the time signature of a song?

I have played music for years and I still don't understand what a time signature actually signifies. I understand it from a superficial sense. If given sheet music I could tell you what time... more

05/24/19

How do I express humming in music notation?

I have a section in a vocal piece where I want singers to hum. I'm going to include "mmm" in my music notation, but is there a good way to more clearly express the intent to hum in the notation?

04/15/19

Notating Augmented Chords?

When writing an Augmented chord, which inversion of the chord should I use? The problem came up while I was composing (piano). I came to an augmented chord and couldn't think of which version to... more

04/14/19

Does the ability of reading and writing music on staff help with learning music fundamentals?

As I see it, notation on sheet music is a tool for translating musical ideas into something that can be read/interpreted by others and played back, given they understand the same set of rules. I... more

04/13/19

Notating Augmented Chords?

When writing an Augmented chord, which inversion of the chord should I use? The problem came up while I was composing (piano). I came to an augmented chord and couldn't think of which version to... more

04/10/19

Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4?

I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth)... more

04/07/19

Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4?

I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth)... more

03/26/19

Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor?

I have trouble deciding what accidentals to put in the key signature for pieces in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian or Mixolydian modes. There seem to be trade-offs associated with each choice. For... more

03/18/19

Does the ability of reading and writing music on staff help with learning music fundamentals?

As I see it, notation on sheet music is a tool for translating musical ideas into something that can be read/interpreted by others and played back, given they understand the same set of rules. I... more

03/14/19

Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4?

I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth)... more

03/14/19

Why do we start from the bottom note when counting intervals?

Say if I play G to C descending, my intuition tells me to start from the note that came first. But I've been told that's not correct. You start from the bass note and count up no matter what.

03/13/19

Free software to create a score from scratch?

What open source softwares are available for creating a music score? I have Logic X but I don't think it's geared well for that kind of thing.

01/24/19

How do you express that a variable = one thing OR another thing

I want to write an equation where y will be either x or x^-1 depending on the circumstance, how do I show that? Like, off to the side i want to put something like y= x or x^-1, but is there an... more

09/20/17

is there a mathematical notation (variable) which means "largest" (i.e. largest side)? if so what is it?

is there a mathematical notation (variable) which means "largest" (i.e. largest side/ largest value)? if so what is it?for example: in the equation a+b=c/2if I wanted to change it to... more

10/24/16

Please help Math

Write the following set in builder notation form{3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21}?a. {x|x=3n+1;n, an integer between 1 & 10 inclusive} b. {x|x=2n+1;n, an integer between 1 & 10... more
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