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posted: 7/23/2005 at 2:01:17 AM ET
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I was confused on something.. I know I learned it in Music Theory class this past year, but now I've forgotten, and am unsure as to if I'm playing some music correctly.
Okay; If you're playing a song on the piano, say like 8 measures...Well if the key is like C, and the 2nd measure has Bflatted, and then in the 3rd measure it's just on a B, without a flat or cancel sign, do you play it as a B, or still as a B flat? This really mixes me up. I think that's how I wanted to ask the question..
I would greatly appreciate an answer from someone..
Thank you for your time )

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posted: 7/25/2005 at 9:09:56 AM ET
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Think of it this way...... Key signatures are the only thing that automatically span more than one measure. Sharps, Flats, and Naturals are all only good for the measure that they are in. The only way to repeat an accidental over more than one measure is to repeat the accidental in each of those measures.

So in your example, in the second measure you would play a Bb, then in the third measure you would play a B natural, even though it has not been formally cancelled... the fact that it is in a new measure means it has automatically been cancelled.

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posted: 8/6/2005 at 9:03:17 PM ET
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the only exception is if the note is tied from the 2nd to the 3rd measure. In that case, it remains Bb.


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