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All About Accidentals and Key Signatures

See, I told you accidentals aren't that hard for pianists! Sometimes, you'll want one or two notes to be repeatedly flatted or sharped throughout the music. Putting the sharp or flat sign next to each note that must be flatted or sharped can be a tedious chore for the composer and printer. In addition, a lot of ink may be wasted.

That's why there are key signatures at the beginning of each bar that holds throughout the whole music, except in certain cases which will be discussed later in this lesson. Here is an example of a key signature.


Now let's try to play some notes with accidentals marked in the key signature. This may seem a little weird at first since the note itself isn't marked. This may make you play the natural note instead. Try not to ignore the key signature and play the accidented note. Some notes are given below.



The thing to remember about key signatures is that if say F is sharped, every F, on every octave is sharped. Remember to follow the rhythm on the second two measures. Go over Lesson #2 and #3 if you are not sure how to do this.

Sometimes the composer may want to make one or two notes in a piece of music natural, but wants to keep the rest of the notes flat or sharp. How would he do this? Click "Next" to find out.


In order to make one or two keys natural, a composer can use the natural sign. I think that's what it's called. Anyway, this is how a natural sign looks like. It looks like a box with two lines sticking out of it. Also, any note that has a natural sign is applied to all notes of the same kind (in terms of pitch) throughout the whole measure. Once you're done, you've graduated from Lesson #7. Go on to Lesson #8. Good luck!



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