Notation is the way music is represented by written symbols. Symbols can include notes or other markings that indicate how to play your song. A few of you had asked what some of those musical symbols mean, and our production team recommended this list of modern musical symbols which includes everything from a “staff” to the “fermata” symbol, which looks like a bird’s eye.
Did you know that sheet music is a form of music notation? There are several different ways that a song can be written into sheet music. Often, the notation may change depending upon the arrangement, complexity and musicians involved in the piece. For example, our Singer Pro sheet music features an independent vocal line that is separated from the piano accompaniment. Whenever possible, our Singer Pro piano accompaniments are notated just as you hear on your favorite artists’ recordings. As another example, there are multiple ways that music notation for guitarists can be rendered, too.
Piano Music Notations
Here are some other piano sheet music notations that you might be interested in learning more about.
Typically, this notation offers the piano part, vocal line and guitar chord frames. You might also see the vocal part repeated in the piano part.
This type of music notation doesn’t offer a vocal line, because it’s meant to be performed as a piano solo. These notations may or may not offer chord names as well.
This type of music notation is geared toward casual and elementary-level piano students. Sheet music may often includes lyrics, but isn’t listed as a separate vocal line. Did you know that easy piano arrangements can almost always be performed as a piano solo? However, easy piano arrangements are “abridged” and do not always contain complete lyrics. Like the piano solo notation, you may or may not find chord names above the staff.
A valuable tool for musicians, lead sheets offer just the essential elements of a well-known song: the melody, lyrics (if applicable) and chord symbols. Sometimes a lead sheet will include the song’s structure, (repeats, codas and such) but not always.
If you’re looking for the easiest type of music notation that we sell, then you’ll want to look for Beginner Notes. These arrangements only focus on the right hand melody of your favorite songs and include large notes with the letters printed right on the note heads.