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#53427 - 12/10/07 11:19 AM what is the "x" before a note
applewave Offline
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Registered: 08/01/07
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Hi,

I'm playing a piece, and I just to a part where there are like a type of "x" before a note, what is it and how is that played, thanks for the help guys!

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#53428 - 12/10/07 11:24 AM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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double sharp (sharp the sharp)
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#53429 - 12/10/07 11:25 AM Re: what is the "x" before a note
Steve Chandler Offline
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It's probably a double sharp(which lookslike an X). So if it's an F you should essentially play G, but harmonically you're playing F double sharp.

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#53430 - 12/10/07 11:25 AM Re: what is the "x" before a note
SylviaM Offline
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Dear applewave,

That's a double-sharp (i.e. ##), so raise the note a whole step.

For example, if it's F-double-sharp, play a G.

Hope that helps!

Sylvia

(EDIT: oops! looks like I posted at the same time as your two other helpers--sorry to be redundant!)

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#53431 - 12/10/07 11:28 AM Re: what is the "x" before a note
applewave Offline
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thanks so much guys =)

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#53432 - 12/10/07 01:55 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
Eternal Offline
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Does anyone care to explain what's the reason for using that symbol, instead of just going with the proper note? Thanks.

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#53433 - 12/10/07 02:11 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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To stay within the key.
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#53434 - 12/10/07 02:16 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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It's used to augment a note that's already sharped in the key signature due to the key.

Don
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#53435 - 12/10/07 02:54 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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Does anyone have an image or a link to an image? I started flipping through my sheet music to take a look but (much to my annoyance) couldn't find a single instance of a double sharp.
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#53436 - 12/10/07 03:00 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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Chopin's music is riddled with them.

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#53437 - 12/10/07 03:25 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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Did anyone yet mention that it might be a double sharp?

Just checking....

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#53438 - 12/10/07 03:56 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Did anyone yet mention that it might be a double sharp?

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Yes, two people did.
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#53439 - 12/10/07 04:15 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
Betty Patnude Offline
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There is a topic in ABF called "Natural Signs" more on the accidentals (alterations) signs.

It was recently on the new topic list, so you should be able to find it easily.

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#53440 - 12/10/07 04:35 PM Re: what is the "x" before a note
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 Quote:
Originally posted by BruceD:
 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Did anyone yet mention that it might be a double sharp?

[/b]
Yes, two people did. [/b]
That was said with tongue firmly in cheek.

Beware my use of ellipses....

\:D
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