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A sign (♯, ♭, ♮) indicating a momentary departure from the key signature by raising or lowering a note a semitone, respectively called sharp, flat and natural (which cancels a previous sharp or flat.The term can also indicate the note raised or lowered. Also found as a double sharp and double flat.

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Accidentals on trills and turns in MusicXML

On trills and turns, in order to change the pitch of the note above or below, in printed music, accidentals are displayed right above or below the trill or turn. I don't see how this is expressed in ...
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Why isn't there a unique double-flat symbol?

Why isn't there a unique, compact, easy to write, double-flat symbol? The current double-flat is not easy to write as the "x" symbol is for double sharp.
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How to pronounce accidental letter notes when sight reading?

When reading sheet music and playing a stringed instrument, I find it helpful to softly sing the names of the notes. "A", "B", "C", etc. are easy, they are all once ...
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Note check: Cassado cello solo suite 2nd movement, m. 74

The note in question is circled here: it's an F-natural in the 2 scores I found on IMSLP. My teacher seems to remember that it should be F-# as in the subsequent descending sequence. Can anyone ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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C Major with F# transpose to D major

I have C major with F# in it. If I want to transpose it to D major, do I just raise F# two steps up? So G#? I am a little confused about transposing with accidentals involved.... Should I follow the ...
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Why written G flat instead if F sharp? [closed]

Hi thanks in advance for answering. I’m learning a tune that is written in D major, where Fs as written are sharp , the arrangement in one measure goes : G Fnat Ab Gb. Why not just write F instead ...
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Melodic minor: Does 6 get raised when descending and then ascending immediately?

I found this embellished suspension in C minor: The notes between S and R embellish the dissonant S. You can see that the leading tone 7 is raised in both descending and ascending directions, as well ...
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Chopin's Nocturne 2 : D natural or E natural?

I'm sight-reading the second (2a : "Version with later authentic variant") Chopin's nocturne in Eb for piano, Op. 9 No. 2, and I am unsure about how to read the left hand in the second bar : ...
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Properly listing notes on a scale by following the 3 guidelines: Alphabetical, No Repeats/Omissions, Don't Mix Sharps or Flats [duplicate]

My question specifically addresses the G Harmonic Minor scale, which I always see listed as: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F#, (G). The scale is listed alphabetically but it contains a mixture of 2 flats and 1 ...
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Lilypond: natural+flat accidental in front of the note

I can not find a way to have both a natural and a flat accidental in front of a single note. How can I get this in LilyPond?
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How long should the note modifiers be played? [duplicate]

There is a D natural modifier at the begining here. Does that mean that all of the D's in the bass clef are natural or just this specific one?
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Sharp and flat errors

Why does an error occur during using sharp or flat? I just added a few more notes with "is" or "es" to my code: \relative { %\key g \minor % \...
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Does this accidental before an acciaccatura also apply to the main note?

This is the climax from John Kember's "Happy Feet" for solo piano (annotations are mine): On the final beat of this excerpt, there's an octave interval (#2, #3) in the right hand, with an ...
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What is a natural sharp? [duplicate]

I'm looking the allstate music (as my class is required to pass it off) the piece is in concert c minor. I play flute and on my f(which is already sharp) there is a natural sign and then another sharp ...
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How to save custom accidentals after shut down Guitar Pro 7 [closed]

My pentagram looks fine in Guitar Pro 7 but after I save my .gp file and close it something went wrong when I reopen it. I find flat accidentals changed by sharps (e.g., Gb is replaced by F#). For ...
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How do I play this chord with an overlapping sharp and flat?

How do I play this chord (underneath the red arrow in the attached image) that seems to have both D sharp and an E flat? Am I misreading it? EDIT: the clip is from the piece "Manchega" by ...
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On Schumann posthumous variation V's note on a natural G or a flat G

This shows the first two bars of Schumann posthumous variations V. Look at this music note (red-squared), I am curious to know why Schumann chose a natural G instead of the original flat G in this ...
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Should I play a B♭ or a B♭♭ [duplicate]

There's a passage I encountered in a piece I was practicing, the key signature was E♭ Major, which contains 3 flats: E♭, B♭, and A♭. The passage looked like this: In that passage, there is a B♭. So ...
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(beginner question) If the first E is natural, is the 2nd E also a natural? (Or put another way, are the E's in the same or different bars?)

Is the 2nd E natural like the 1st E? I asked a similar question earlier today: If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo) ...
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Do accidentals apply to notes in the same measure but in different octaves? [duplicate]

In a work by Leonarda (1693) I find that there are octave leaps at a cadence with an accidental sharp on the first note but no explicit accidental on the lower note. Surely the lower note should also ...
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Defining new commands in Lilypond (for koron symbol)

I am trying to write a simple, minimalist script in LilyPond to create the koron symbol (used in Persian music). I came up with the following solution, with satisfactory results, but my code is not ...
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sharp symbol on sharp line [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn how the music staff works. I want to know what note is actually played for a sharpened note on a sharped line, like this image here: Am I suppose to play a note that sounds like ...
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Accidentals - what's that?

We are aware that an accidental is a sign which changes the pitch of a note usually stated in the key signature, like a natural sign before a C in key D makes that into C♮, etc. Sometimes even the key ...
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Piano, accidentals, and key signatures

say theres an f sharp in the key signature, and within a measure that note becomes natural. Do all F's preceding that one now become natural? or do they follow the suit of the key signature?
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Is it a G flat or a G natural?

I've got a doubt here. Do I play G flat or G natural?? The accidental doesn't come in till the 3rd beat while the key signature does not have G flat, while the lyric has an accidental but at the ...
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Finding key of a song with accidentals

I have a very basic understanding of keys / scales and am a keyboard hobbyist. Every now and then I try to find the notes of a song by ear. The problem I sometimes face is with identifying key/scale ...
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Different accidental notations for the same key within the same measure

Mozart sonata K545, first movement, measure 32, the same key appearing twice, as Db and C#, respectively (see circles in image). Is it because this way it looks more uniform like in the previous ...
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Doubt about accidental

I'm not sure about the marked C in the descending scale passage of Mateo Carcassi Op5 N 8. The piece is in G major but the few measures before we've moved to D major, and we are returning to G major. ...
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Alfred's Adult Piano Level 2 Augmented Chords page 130

On page 130 Alfred's Level 2 book is a sample of Augmented Chords, but for any chord which should have the middle note sharped, the middle sharp is dropped when converted to Augmented. I've looked on ...
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Question on La Campanella D double sharp, measure 37

Why specify the D double sharp here and then an E later in the measure? Why not just an E in the first place? Am I just missing something blatantly obvious?
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Why are the accidentals here written in a rather complex way, when there exists simpler notation?

(Score taken from Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1, Op13, Bassoon part. PDF file from IMSLP.) I'm referring to the second line, starting from the mf. The melody goes on temporarily on another key but the ...
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Should I play G or G# for this note? [duplicate]

This piece is in C# minor, which means that it has 4 sharps, F#, C#, G# and D#. While practising, I came across this note: F double sharp. It seems like an obvious answer at first: I should play G. ...
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Raising a note multiple times on a single scale

I have a question. In the image you see that the F is raised twice by a sharp, making it equavalent to a G. Then, the F is raised again by one sharp. This happen within the same measure. Is the latter ...
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Notation question natural followed by sharp Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor

In Chopin's Waltz in C sharp minor, I'm a bit confused by the following notation: The F has a natural, cancelling out the sharp in the key signature. But then it instantly becomes an F-sharp again. ...
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How to identify all sharp notes in sheet

I am trying to learn the piano and I am a bit confused when it comes how sharp notes are represented in the sheet. I am working my way through Prelude I in C Major (BWV 846), and in the sixth bar/...
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Is it possible to have sharp/flat notes in a music piece composed in the key of "A minor"?

When I was reading sheet music of Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A minor, I saw some sharp and flat notes. This raised some questions for me. Based on my researches, I also found out that the ...
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Can you solve these figured bass queries?

Hi guys- I'll try and keep it brief. Working through a figured bass workbook and came across a couple of points of confusion. In bar 5, we seem to have just modulated to G minor, as shown by the A ...
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Why are accidentals sometimes provided when not necessary? [duplicate]

Here’s an example from Bach’s Fugue in Ab major from WTC book 1: In the last bar of this image you can see they put an Ab in the left hand and a G natural in both the left and right hands. Since ...
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Accidental in parenthesis (not courtesy)

This is the 24th measure of Bach's Minuet in G major BWV Anh 116. What does the parenthesis mean? In the previous measure the D has a #, but it shouldn't carry over. Re this piece, I have seen 3 ...
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B flat in B flat major scale [duplicate]

I was looking at playing Megalovania and came across a B flat on measure 41. Normally, I would play a B flat, but since it it is already a B flat from the B flat major chord, I am super confused. Is ...
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Incorrect Placement of an Accidental?

This is a very quick and blunt question but here we have a deliberately incorrect notation and below it is the corrected version (the black circles). How come the eight note before the last (the pink) ...
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When you write a scale with accidentals do you add the accidental once when it's ascending or both times when it's ascending and descending?

My question is this. When you write a scale with accidentals do you add the accidental once when it's ascending or both times when it's ascending and descending? So are you supposed to write the ...
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Printing all accidentals with Lilypond

I am trying to print all the accidentals within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. Currently, it's because I'm engraving 80+ bar, multi-staff unmetered music ...
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How to play this double sharp note

I’m trying to play Toccata by Debussy and the piece is in the key of E. In the sheet music, the F has a double sharp next to it, so that means I would be playing a G sharp. When I looked at the ...
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If there is a sharp/flat in one half of the staff, does it continue to the other half? [duplicate]

If there is a sharp or flat in one half of a piano staff is that sharp/flat continued to the other half of the staff? For example, say there is a C♯ in the left-hand part of the staff, do you ...
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Alteration in a stave in a score: does it communicate with the other stave?

I have a question about Imperial March, arranged by Nicola Morali. In the measure 10, on the left hand, is the "G" note really without a ♯? (Since the left hand and the right hand don't align ...
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What is this note? [duplicate]

This is in key of F# major or D# minor, there is a D# in this key, but the D# in this picture has a double sharp sign beside it, so is it a D#(##) (which is an F)?
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If I play G Sharp, then play the G that's one octave up, does the accidental carry over? [duplicate]

For example, this ASCII sheet music: G trebel-------- |4------------ |------------- |4--------#G-- clef---------- I know it's terrible, but would the second G be sharp too? And for ...
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In Moonlight Sonata a note has both a natural and a sharp sign [duplicate]

In the first movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata,1 there is a natural sign (♮) followed by a sharp (♯) on F. What does this mean? 1 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una ...
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