On Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Ralf Mardorf
Yes, the circle of 12 fifths starting from C would then be:
> Somebody mentioned that understanding this theory
As far as I understood:
In ancient notation a B (or better: the note between "la" and "ut" or
"do") can be flattened without accidental to avoid the tritone (F-B
(german: F-H)). To readers/singers it was clear when the B should be
sung flattened or not. So there happened to be a soft (mollum) and a
hard (durum) B. In Germany (and probably other German speaking
countries) both still exist, in the rest of the world the B is "hard"
unless it is flattened.
> For people who just want to note guitar chords, ignoring any theory
I understand what you mean, but when people would start using Bb and H
both together in one notation it might even get more confusing.
Using A# instead is even worse when you meant to write a B-flat.
The chord "C7" consists of C-E-(G)-Bb. So in German notation this
would be written as C-E-(G)-B, which could be interpreted as a C^7
(Cmaj7) by a foreigner and that's confusing. C-A# however isn't a 7th
but an augmented 6th. The harmonic function is totally different, just
like B# (German: H#) and C (Belgian: TI# and DO) as we discussed
The names of the notes are squishy, nobody can
Yes, that sounds like good practice, although usually it gets clear
pretty quick when you're looking at German notation, because of more
differences than just H and B, like "a" instead of "Am" as you
mentioned, and of course the language of any (non-Italian) words
written next to it.
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