Monthly Archives: November 2011

Overtones and harmonics

We have discussed the circle of fifths as a way in which the various pitches, major keys, and minor keys can all be arranged in a circle. But certainly there must be something else special about the interval of a … Continue reading

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Key signatures

Understanding key signatures Once you have the major keys arranged in the circle of fifths, and you know why they only go around the circle seven steps either way, so they have up to seven flats or seven sharps, it’s … Continue reading

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Notes on the staff

The time has finally come to show some notes on a musical staff. The scheme is rather straightforward. The notes on the staff follow the white keys on the piano keyboard. Each successive white key goes up half of a … Continue reading

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