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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Timbo, Jan 7, 2005.
Sorry if this is wrong place, didn't see a better place..
But yeah, what exactly is an accidental?
If IIRC, an accidental is when a note appears in a piece of music that is from a different key you are playing in. For example: if you were playing a song in Eb Major, you would have the flats of A, B, and E. An example of an accidiental would be if at sometime you had to play an E natural.
EDIT: Accidental = Playing a note not in the key signature youre playing in.
In sheet music, it's a note that is sharp or flat....but not from the key the song is in.
Look at an A major scale:
Now look at the sheet music for a song in that key.
The C# and F# and G#occur naturally, they will have sharps (or flats) on the ledger lines by the staff. That's how you tell what key the song is in.
But if the song has a spot where an Eb is played, for whatever reason, just that note has a flat symbol by it. It's an accidental.
I see. Thanks for clearing it up. So the reason for using accidentals would be to what, color the song up?
It could be:sticking in passing notes as you walk up: E-F-F#-G
or sticking a chord in, to add color as you suggest, say an A7.
Or anything to add variety or accomplish something outside of a plain vanilla major scale.
I see.. I see.. Thanks again.
also, sometimes the natural key center of the song will change for a very short period of time, so the key itself wouldn't change.
I think it is interesting that nobody chose the simpler key of C to use as an example key.
there just trying to show off
No, it was because C doesn't have any natural sharps or flats to compare the accidentals to...
Yeah, but you could have said:
The C major scale is CDEFGABC, right? Well, any note that isn't in the key -- for example, any sharp or flat -- is an accidental.
Two sentences, bub.