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A musical manuscript written or printed (e.g., computer generated) on staved paper that usually contains:

1) The song title,
2) Author's name,
3) Author's address,
4) Author's telephone number,
5) The copyright notice, and
6) The music notation, chord symbols, and lyrics (if any) of the musical composition.

The song title, author information, and copyright notice would appear at the top of the first page of a lead sheet. Drafts made on 10 stave paper are easier to read than those on 12 stave paper. For lead sheets used in recording sessions or brain storming sessions where computer generation and printouts are not at one's fingertips, it may be easier if the melody notes and rests are done in pencil, so mistakes and changes can be easily erased and corrected. The lyrics should be computer printed, typed, or neatly hand printed under their appropriate notes. Chord symbols would be placed above the melody line and inserted each time a chord change is made.  See Cross-links: LYRIC SHEET, COPYIST, TABLATURE, CUE SHEET, MUSIC PUBLISHER, RECORD under "Demo," SONG under "Song Dex," MUSIC under "Music Manuscript."

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