It Was an Accident(al)!

We are on string number 5. The open string produces an A, the second fret produces a B and the third fret gives us a C.


Notice that these three are below the staff so make sure that you spend a lot of time and really get to know these notes well.  They are your friends.  Take them our on a Saturday night, go to a movie and hang out with them for awhile.

A String Packet

An accidental could be a sharp or flat or a natural.

Sharps and Flats

You see we just learned the A string. A is on the open string the B is on the second fret.

There is actually a fret in between the two of them.  We do have a note on the first fret so the first fret – and that what is know a sharp or flat.  It’s kind of a note between notes.  It’s what fills in those frets that we haven’t learned yet.  Whether the accidental is a sharp or a flat depends on which way you go.  If you are going down from B to A for example it would be a B flat.

If you are going up it’s the lower note sharps so if you are going up from A to B,  our first fret note would be a A-sharp.

A-sharp and B-flat are really the same note – it just changes depending on the direction you are headed in.  Let’s play around with some accidentals. It’s called enharmonic notation. Always look for what else that note can be called and you will find that hitting the notes are lot easier.

An accidental is good until you hit the next bar line. Once you hit the next bar line it cancels out automatically. If you need to cancel before the end of the measure you would use a natural.

The sharp kind of looks like a number sign, the flat looks kind of like a lower case “b” and the natural looks kind of like a number sign that someone forgot to finish.

Sharps, Flats and Naturals

Play in the Key of YOU!

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