Lesson 11: Sharps

Lesson 11: Sharps

In my last blog post, I discussed ties, a rhythmic component of music.  For the next few lessons, we’ll be looking at accidentals, which are symbols in music that alter the pitch of a note.

You know from previous lessons that pitches are represented in musical scores as note heads on the lines and spaces of the staff.  Sometimes, you will see various additional symbols to the left of note heads that tell you to raise or lower the note.  These symbols are called accidentals.

There are a few different accidental markings, and the first one we’ll be looking at is called the sharp.  The sharp sign looks like this:

Sharps in piano music tell you to raise the regular note (a white key on the piano) by a half step, which on the keyboard means playing the key immediately to the right of the original note. Sharps in music are typically black keys on the piano, as a half step up from a white key is usually a black key, as shown here:

However, there are two places on the keyboard where a half step up from a white key is actually another white key:

In scores, sharps in piano music are marked with the symbol to the left of the note head, with the open square of the symbol aligned with the line or space the note head occupies, as shown here:

Try drawing a few sharp signs by themselves first, followed by sharp signs next to note heads on the staff.  See also if you can find the sharp of any white key you play on your piano, keeping in mind that sometimes the sharp will also be a white key.

The next lesson will explain flats, another accidental sign in music.

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