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Accidentals in C.

old git

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In the key of C major, should accidentals be shewn, nice old fashioned spelling, as sharps, flats or is it optional?

Would the fact that it is the low A# aka Bb on a tenor saxophone score matter? Know I'd prefer the more familiar Bb.
 

ArtyLady

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Hmmm....I don't know regarding accidentals in C - but I do know that if you are in a # or a b key then you would have everything as # or b not a mixture :) sorry that wasn't much help was it!
 

Justin Chune

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I seem to remember a rule about sharps ascending, and flats descending. The rule might relate to something else of course.

Jim.
 

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Found on the net;-

As a general rule, an accidental that leads up to a natural note is written as a sharp note-and an accidental that leads down to a natural note is written as a fiat note.

C major may/should then contain both, as Jim says!
 

Pete Thomas

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Also very often it is a blue note. In which case the ascending/descending rule may not apply. So in C, it's more likely to be Bb than A#.

Apert from the the ascending/descending works very well in chromatic passages.

But often it will be to do with the functional harmony, so if the chord is an E chord in C (as you get with bar two of Sitting on the Dock of the Bay), a note would be G# not Ab as it is the 3rd note of an E major chord (E F# G#, not E F# Ab)
 

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Thanks Pete, never realised that and now feel as stupid as I did before. :(

However as it it a Bb7, Bb would seem best.
Thanks again everyone.
 
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