Intervals, Questions
AyanG
Jun 6 2016, 09:44 PM
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1.How did the concept of "sharp" and "flat" arise?
2.Why don't we have 12 distinct notes like A to L instead of A to G with 5 sharps and flats in between them?
3.Why flat is needed in addition to sharps?

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Gabriel Leopardi
Jun 7 2016, 01:10 AM
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Hi Ayan, I can say that this is a long story!

Check out this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_temperament

You'd also find helpful this:

and about why we have both sharp and flat, check out this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accidental_(music)

Let me know if it clarifies everything.

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