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#1975299 - 10/18/12 04:43 PM sharps, flats and naturals....
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I find it very annoying to explain to students when they are entered in incorrect places....ie....across a bar line....arghhh!

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#1975546 - 10/19/12 07:39 AM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: rada]
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On the other hand, there are many places where the so-called "courtesy" accidental avoids a LOT of trouble.
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#1975893 - 10/19/12 07:10 PM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: rada]
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So these things are called "courtesy" accidentals? As a beginning student they have caused me no end of confusion and I have used a lot of names for them, most of which I dare not repeat here. I also know my teacher is getting really tired of explaining it to me. Just keep thinking there must be some deeper reason for them that I don't understand.

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#1975922 - 10/19/12 08:08 PM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: rada]
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When a musician sight reads fluidly and fast, he may remember the accidental on into the next measure even if it has been cancelled. So a quick view of the courtesy accidental helps this fast reader note what has been cancelled and what hasn't. It has something to do with the reading process. Sometimes they are placed in parentheses like this (#).

I used to hate courtesy accidentals because I felt something needed to be changed, when it was actually telling me that the notes stayed the same (as in the signature).

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#1975951 - 10/19/12 08:41 PM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: rada]
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I appreciate courtesy accidentals, but I do prefer if they are indicated in parentheses, as Keystring mentioned.

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#1975953 - 10/19/12 08:45 PM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: rada]
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A courtesy accidental can have two main points behind it:

* To repeat an accidental mid bar, in case someone forgot. This makes sense, but doesn't need a parenthesis really. It's just there and even if it was a 'real' accidental it's still be working the same way.

* To cancel (with a natural) in the next bar an accidental, just in case someone forgets to cancel that. Again, what the natural does is clear, despite being in parenthesis or not.

I don't like parenthesis, but I do feel a need for courtesy accidentals in more complicated scores.
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#1976555 - 10/21/12 01:14 AM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: keystring]
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Originally Posted By: keystring
When a musician sight reads fluidly and fast, he may remember the accidental on into the next measure even if it has been cancelled. So a quick view of the courtesy accidental helps this fast reader note what has been cancelled and what hasn't. It has something to do with the reading process.


Thanks, this is what I suspected. Now I just have to figure out what makes only certain places in the score a special case in which a good sight reader might need a reminder verses the many other places in which no reminder is included.

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#1976564 - 10/21/12 01:39 AM Re: sharps, flats and naturals.... [Re: SoundThumb]
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Originally Posted By: SoundThumb
Thanks, this is what I suspected. Now I just have to figure out what makes only certain places in the score a special case in which a good sight reader might need a reminder verses the many other places in which no reminder is included.
Harmony mostly, or very similar patterns and chords...

And, of course, highly chromatic/atonal/weird works! wink

I just put courtesy naturals every next bar, in order to cancel the previous one and remind the performer of that, especially since I rarely use key signatures to begin with... Naturals are there ONLY as courtesy accidentals.

And I also use them in chords where both C# and C natural can be found (in the same chord), in which case I put the natural to avoid any kind of confusion.
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