What is this ^?

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  • #3841 Reply


    I am learning to play the keyboard and I was wondering what this symbol “^” means in front of a note, I see it on the sheet music on here. Can anyone tell me what this “^” means.

  • #3853 Reply


    Hi Kelly, thanks for asking and sorry for any confusion!

    All it means is to play the note in the higher octave – the idea was to make it clearer if the note is a lower (.C) medium (C) or higher (^C) in octave.

    If you imagine a keyboard, i’ve labelled the letters like this:

    .G .A .B C D E F G A B ^C ^D ^E
    < --low--|-----mid-----|--high-->

    I hope that helps to clarify a bit, i’d love any ideas or suggestions about how i can make it clearer for everyone to use ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps i need to turn that mini keyboard above into a real pic..?!

    Anyway, any ideas or questions, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #6561 Reply


    I was also wondering about this syntax. Thanks.

  • #6568 Reply

    Isabella Scarpulla

    It means high

  • #6593 Reply


    On actual sheet music, that symbol is a marcato, which means to play with emphasis. It is similar to an accent. However, on notes (not sheet music) it means the higher octave.

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