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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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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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Assymetry in major scale construction

My guitar teacher recommend me to write out all the major scales. His intention was that I would see how double sharps appear in the scale. I have written them all and found this: I wrote them ...
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Music engraving - note with two accidentals - natural (♮) and sharp (♯)

I have a cello score here from Sebastian Lee; Op. 70. Nr. 37 in bass clef and the key of c minor contains the following part: what is the sense of this 5th note in the upper staff? why is it using ...
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Can accidentals be seen as a temporary change in scale?

Just wondering if accidentals in music can be seen as a temporary change in scale. There's alot of scales that are just one note difference so they sound good when they're interchanged temporarily. ...
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Basic Accidental Question

Example: You have d major scale but you make a c flat accidental, does it just naturalize c back to its basic form or make it an enharmonic b? Ive tried searching on google but found nothing. It's ...
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Scope of accidentals in measureless music

An accidental usually only lasts until the end of a measure, but what if there are no measures? I'm writing some music without bar lines (blame Satie) and am wondering what to do about notating ...
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Having trouble with accidentals - Note-for-note vs traditional?

I am hoping to enter the music in the attached image into a midi sequencing program. The problem I'm having is understanding the musical notation here. Traditionally, accidentals follow pretty basic ...
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Which accidental continues through the bar?

Messiaen's Prelude for Organ (no opus number, discovered posthumously in 1997, composed probably circa 1929) is rife with ambiguous accidentals. Some can be figured out by examining similar passages, ...
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Which is the correct version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition?

I was using a score of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition from https://imslp.org/wiki/Pictures_at_an_Exhibition_(Mussorgsky%2C_Modest). This one was published by V. Bessel & Co. in St. ...
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Will an accidental in piano sheet count for second voice as well?

I got this passage where the first voice got a sharp on the F (top staff). It's written for Piano, so there are not really actual voices, it's basically just written in two voices for clarity. My ...
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When to use flat or sharp in atonal music / accidentals rules for atonality?

In this example, Einojuhani Rautavaara sometimes uses flat and sometimes uses sharp in some chords. Once it's atonal music, what're the rules for sharps and flats?
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Accidentals - some in brackets, some not

Can anyone explain what the difference is between accidentals in brackets, and those not?
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Why do the keys in the circle of fifths have the pattern of accidentals that they do?

I'm attempting to fully understand the circle of fifths, and I noticed that in the clockwise direction, the sharps are added in their own circle of fifths starting at F. I'm wondering why this ...
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Do I change the key signature or add accidentals for a section in a different key?

I am composing a piano piece that starts out in G# minor (which is the set key) and later on I have a section that goes into E major. For that section, do I simply just change the key signature, or ...
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Would an accidental in a mordant still be effective for the whole measure?

This is from Bach's Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue: This would obviously be played D, C#, D. Let's say that there was a C on the same octave later in that measure. Would the C be sharp?
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How to know whether to write accidentals as sharps or flats? [duplicate]

I am writing a bassline for a song in Em and there is a passing note A# or Bb in the approach notes. How do I write this note? Since the key signature has one sharp, is it best to write the accidental ...
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Why is there a natural symbol on the second note? [duplicate]

Just begining to learn to read musical scores. I don't understand why there is a natural on the second note of the 9th measure, since there is no previous sharp or flat? I assume the natural in the ...
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Lilypond: Create natural signs and accidentals manually

Edit: At first, I was looking for a way to add natural signs manually. Turns out that, at least for the moment, I actually need to place accidentals manually. Generally, I might need both in the ...
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What key is this hash tag note?

In the treble clef line , what key is the hash tag note? I know it’s a black key but can’t remember which .
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Accidentals in divisi parts

I've got a trumpet part which is divisi (upper and lower part on one staff). The upper part starts with a F, which has an accidental sharp in front of it. The 3rd note of the lower part is a F as well....
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A piece has a given key. When it modulates, are the consequent accidentals *chromatic* or are they *diatonic* temporarily?

Moving tangentially from a recent question and its answers, Diatonic notes are 'of the key'. Other notes are 'chromatic'. However, if a piece is written in, say, C major, and modulates to G major for ...
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Are these notes with accidentals chromatic?

I'm having some difficulty deciding which notes with accidentals are considered as chromatic, and was wondering if someone could confirm/deny my assumptions about notes in the attached notation of ...
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What is this musical symbol?

First I thought it was a weird flat sign, but when I played the score it sounded odd. It looks a bit like a natural sign. Here's the whole measure:
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Can we use double accidentals in figured bass?

I've composed the following figured bass example: It modulates from E to F and therefore needs several chromatic alterations. But my question is on the final beat of the third measure: if I want a B♭-...
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Reasoning for redundant “natural” (but not courtesy accidental)

I understand why you'd add courtesy accidentals, but I was browsing through some old sheet music lying around here and came across this, and can't seem to come up with a reason for this natural in bar ...
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How does one interpret (or write) scientific pitch notation with accidentals when it crosses octave boundaries?

Given C♭♭4, for example, is that enharmonic with B♭3 (because you start at C4 and flat it twice) or B♭4 (because octave number 4 means octave number 4)? Asked another way, how do you write the note ...
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Why are accidentals not additive?

This question asks if the accidentals are not "additive" (i.e. placing a sharp on F where the key signature already contains an F sharp would result in an F double sharp, and placing a flat ...
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Correct Notes for C## in Harmonic Minor Scale

Is the following scale correct for C## Harmonic Minor? C##, D##, E#, F##, G##, A#, B# I read on a good music theory page and they had B## as 7th note in the key, so I was wondering, but I'm pretty ...