50 Music Symbols to Understand Written Music (2/2)

50 music symbols

Keep reading to know more of 50 music symbols that help you understand written music.

26. Grace Note

grace note symbol 50 music symbols

A grace note is a short note that we should play quickly and quietly right before the main note on the downbeat.

27. Hemiola

hemiola symbol

A hemiola in music defines a rhythmic ratio of 3:2. It’s notated with a bracket and the number three if the music is in duple meter or the number two if the music is in triple meter.

28. Key Signature

key signature symbol

The key signature is symbolized by a series of sharps or flats at the beginning of a piece on a musical staff.

29. Marcato Accent

marcato accent symbol

A marcato is a slightly more intense accent than a regular accent.

30. Multi Rest

multi rest symbol

A multi rest shows that the player should rest for multiple bars.

31. Music End

music end symbol

A double bar is the music symbol that is at the end of the piece to indicate where this piece of music ends.

32. Natural

natural symbol

A natural note is a note that’s neither sharp nor flat.

33. Note

note symbol values

Notes are used to communicate rhythms and pitches. There are many different types of notes, each signifies a specific subdivision in duration relative to a whole note.

34. Ottava Alta

ottava alta symbol

Ottava alta indicates that the notes on the sheet should be played one octave higher than what’s written.

35. Ottava Bassa

ottava bassa symbol

Ottava bassa indicates that we should play the notes on the sheet one octave higher than what’s written.

36. Percussion Clef

percussion clef

A percussion clef is used to indicate that the sheet music is written for atonal instruments that aren’t subject to a specific pitch. Usually, this applies to percussive instruments.

37. Repeat

repeat symbol

A repeat symbol indicates to the player to repeat a section, either from the top or from the repeat start symbol.

38. Rest

rest value symbol 50 music symbols

Rests are used to communicate when a player should be silent. There are many kinds of rest, each with a time length value based on a subdivision of a whole rest.

39. Segno

segno symbol

Segno is the sign where a player resumes playing after passing a dal segno instruction.

40. Sforzando

sforzando symbol 50 music symbols

Sforzando calls for a loud and abrupt increase and decrease in dynamic.

41. Sharp

sharp symbol 50 music symbols

A sharp symbol indicates that we must play a note one semitone higher than its natural state.

42. Simile

simile symbol 50 music symbols

In sheet music, a simile symbol indicates that the player should repeat what’s written in the previous bar.

43. Staccato

stacatto symbol

A staccato mark on a note indicates that the player should play the note shorter and more abbreviated than it’s typical value.

44. Staff

staff symbol

The staff in sheet music the five horizontal lines around which notes are written. The staff is the base structure for all written music.

45. Sustain Pedal Engage

sustain pedal engage symbol

The sustain pedal engages symbol indicates to a piano or vibraphone player to depress the sustain pedal and let the notes ring out.

46. Sustain Pedal Release

sustain pedal release symbol

The sustain pedal release symbol indicates to the play that the sustain pedal should be turn off at a specific point in the piece.

47. Tenuto

tenuto symbol 50 music symbols

The tenuto marking shows the player to sustain the note to its absolute maximum values. Tenuto notes should as little space as possible between them.

48. Time Signature

time signature symbol 50 music symbols

The time signature is the stacked number symbol at the beginning of a piece of music. It dictates the meter and number of beats in a bar.

49. Tremolo

tremolo symbol 50 music symbols

The tremolo markings indicate the player should play the notes in a rapidly repeating way to create a tremolo effect.

50. Volta Brackets

volta brackets symbol 50 music symbols

Volta brackets tell the player to play an alternate ending section after a repeat.

Music symbols are important

Now you know 50 music symbols used in sheet music.

With a little bit of practice, you’ll be reading and playing music without thinking twice about the music symbols on the page.

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