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 spelled enharmonically. 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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