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What is this 4# note that keep appearing in the left hand part? If you see picture 1 , the beginning of [A] part. There is D# in the left hand (4#). Also in the Picture 2 , The E chord , there is also the A# (4#)

what is happening here?

  • OK so why does this question get voted up and answered when my other question about a specific song gets closed for asking details of a specific song? @richard
    – S. Imp
    Apr 12, 2018 at 16:37
  • @richard "Questions about transcribing or finding a particular song, including identifying chords, notes, key and time signatures, or similar elements, are off-topic since they are rarely useful to future readers."
    – S. Imp
    Apr 12, 2018 at 16:47
  • @S.Imp It's a fair question. You may consider bringing it up on our Meta site.
    – Richard
    Apr 13, 2018 at 21:52

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In both instances, it's just a chromatic lower neighbor tone. In the first case it's ♯4 to 5, in the second case it's ♯1 to 2. (But note that the latter instance is decorating the chordal fifth; the composer has just transposed this little vamp to fit with the V chord.)

It's a really common actions; it doesn't suggest a move to another key, it just adds some flavor to an otherwise diatonic environment.

In fact, it's so common that it's actually happening elsewhere in the piece: whenever you have these Adim chords that resolve to A, check out the upper-most voice: the E♭ to E♮ is the exact same pitch progression as D♯ to E!

  • Does it got something to do with the lydian mode ? Or the blue note ? Because the whole song gives me some kind of blues feel Apr 12, 2018 at 12:41
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    No, it's just a decoration. If you try to analyse EVERY note in terms of functional harmony you'll go mad!
    – Laurence
    Apr 12, 2018 at 13:02
  • Didn't a certain Ludwig van do something similar Fur Elise?
    – Tim
    Apr 12, 2018 at 15:19

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