Musical Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Musical Symbols category.

Modern musical symbols are the marks and symbols that are widely used in western musical scores, styles, and instruments today. This is intended to be a comprehensive guide to the various symbols encountered in modern musical notation. These symbols are used in modern pieces of Western music to describe a composition in its fundamentals – pitch, rhythm, tempo – and, to some degree, its articulation.

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Octave clef

Treble and bass clefs can also be modified by octave numbers.

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Prince logo ("Love Symbol #2")

Logo and symbol for the performer, Prince. Once used by the artist as an unpronounceable nom de plume.

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Release pedal

These pedal marks appear in music for instruments with sustain pedals, such as the piano, vibraphone and chimes.

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Semi Breve Rest

Symbol at the beginning of measure 118 [ () ].

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Slipknot logo

Logo and symbol of the US-based metal band, Slipknot.

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Soprano clef

When the C-clef occurs on the first line of the stave, it is called the soprano clef.

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Staff

The staff is the fundamental latticework of music notation, upon which symbols are placed.

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Sub-bass clef

When the F-clef is placed on the fifth line, it is called the sub-bass clef. It is identical to the treble clef transposed down 2 octaves.

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Tablature

For guitars and other fretted instruments, it is possible to notate tablature in place of ordinary notes. In this case, a TAB-sign is often written instead of a clef.

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Tenor clef

When the C-clef is placed on the fourth line of the stave, it is called the tenor clef.

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Thirty Seconds to Mars Symbol

Thirty Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998.

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Treble Clef

When the G-clef is placed on the second line of the stave, it is called the treble clef. This is the most common clef used today, and the only G-clef still in use. For this reason, the terms G-clef and treble clef are often seen as synonymous. The treble clef was historically used to mark a treble, or per-pubescent, voice part.

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Twenty One Pilots

This symbol stands for the famous band twenty one pilots.

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Whole Note or Semibreve

In music, a whole note (American) or semibreve (British) is a note represented by a hollow oval note head, like a half note (or minim), and no note stem. Its length is equal to four beats in 4/4 time.

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