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Notation Question

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by alx564, Jun 2, 2002.


  1. alx564

    alx564

    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    I have a quick question about notation in a walking bass line.

    Lets say I was writing a walking line in Dmin and I was stepping up from an A to Bb. Is there any rule to how I would notate this (either A# or Bb)?

    Thanks for any help that can be given.
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    In your specific case, I think it would be a Bb. Minor sixth (b6) of D, you know?

    But I'm also intrigued by this a lot of times... for notes not belonging in the key, it often seems arbitrary... or is it only that way for people like myself who don't know what they're doing?
     
  3. lneal

    lneal

    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    According to the way I was taught: if its a sharp key then accidentals are notated as sharps, vice versa for flat keys. Bb, if I remember, seems to be an exception to that rule. I could be wrong!
     
  4. alx564

    alx564

    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    Oops, my bad.

    Would it make sense if I had said in the key of F.
     
  5. lneal

    lneal

    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    Yes that makes more sense, because Dmin is the related minor for F. Because F is a flat key, it would be notated as a Bb.