Why do I find the same sounding notes, D# - Eb for example in the same piece of music? I know this is probabley a basic simple question for some, but I have not been able to find a simple answer.
Major and minor chords to the 7th are spelled line, line, line, line or space, space, space, space unless there is a "non chord tone"
Major and minor scales are spelled line, space, line, space, line, space, line, space or space, line, space, line, space, line, space, line
If a D# messes up this arrangement an Eb is used instead. If an Eb messes up this arrangement a D# is used instead.
I do understand. I remember back when I would argue why don't they write a C instead of B# so it is easier to read. After learning the fundamentals of music and music theory, I understand why it has to be B# though it doesn't make it easier to sight read. Besides, they are no longer "landmines" once you become more familiar with those notes.If that's supposed to clarify anything, I'm afraid it doesn't. Really!
I am personally an advocate of making scores as readable as possible, not a field of landmines!
It's always an interesting congitive dissonance playing cello when asked to play a bottom B# as the bottom string on a cello is C (below bass clef)... takes a few moments to sink in... Had that playing some Mahler last weekI don't care what you say, a C natural just doesn't belong in a C# scale. It has to be B#.