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Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:03 pm
by leriche
Im a little confused about an accidental rule.
I am doing the course on reading music and have got to the accidentals lesson. One of the rules is that if an accidental is found in a measure then any other occurence of that note in that measure is also sharp/flat.
UNLESS it is in another octave
In exercises 7 and 15 there is an accidental then the same note one octave.above. this note has a natural sign.
Surely this natural is not needed as the note is not sharp/flat anyway being in the next octave.
Hope you can explain
Thank you

Re: Accidentals

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:00 pm
by andrewwegierski
That's a courtesy accidental.

Yes, the rule technically is that accidentals don't carry through octaves in the same measure - however, it's common to put a courtesy natural as a reminder, since this is one of the most debated and confusing topics of music engraving.

It's similar to having a bunch of accidentals in one measure, then the next measure there's a natural sign to remind you that it's natural. Just a courtesy.


Re: Accidentals

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:05 am
by leriche
Hi Andrew
Thanks for the explanation.
Cheers :D