Enharmonic Spelling of Pitches


A pitch can be notated, or spelled, in more than one way.  This is easily demonstrated on a keyboard.  Accidentals are used to move a note up or down by a half step or two.  For example, an F sharp is the same note as a G flat.  It is the black key between the F and the G.  If you proceed down a half step from C to C flat, that note is also called B natural.  Likewise, E sharp is the same as F natural, spelled enharmonically.  This illustrates that flats and sharps can be white keys on the keyboard.  F flat is the same pitch as D double sharp, and E natural.  Enharmonic spellings occur whenever a pitch is notated by a different name than would be ordinarily used in a given key. 

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