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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Learning the Notes

A good way to learn the names of the notes is by using a MIDI keyboard (see Figure 2.1). Observe that the black and white keys together make up a particular pattern. The black keys tend to be grouped in twos and threes, and while there is a black key between some of the white keys, between others there is not. Getting a grasp on this pattern is the first step toward being able to identify the notes of the scale.

Figure 2.1. Learn the names of notes by using a MIDI keyboard.

Locating Note C

The most important note to learn first is C. This is the white key that is always to the left of any group of two black keys. Once you’ve ...

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