Lesson 13: Naturals

Lesson 13: Naturals

In my last blog post, I discussed flats, which are accidental symbols in music that lower notes by a half step. In this lesson, we’ll be looking at naturals in piano music, another type of accidental marking.

The natural sign acts as an “eraser” in music. It cancels the effect of a sharp or flat sign within a measure of music, so it tells you to play a regular white keynote rather than the sharp or flat of that letter. The natural sign looks like this:




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



You will typically see naturals in music in the same measure as a sharp or flat sign for the same note. For example, in this measure, the first note you’d play would be F-sharp, but the third note would be F-natural because of the placement of the accidental symbols:


The next lesson will explain key signatures, an important part of reading any musical score. If you want to learn more about naturals in piano music or if you’re interested in taking piano lessons with us here at Monica Frank Piano Studio, then please get in touch today. Monica Frank Piano Studio has the resources and ability to teach different people of all ages and all skill levels. You can get in touch with Monica Frank Piano Studio by using our contact form, by emailing us at: mfrankpianostudio@gmail.com, or by calling us on: 07516 148393. Learn more about naturals in music and other musical knowledge by subscribing to our mailing list today!