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Fis or not fis, that is the question.

From: Ralph Little
Subject: Fis or not fis, that is the question.
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:55:40 -0000

Somebody wrote:
> > > | if i'm reading a piece in g major, then i
> > > | will read any note in the bottom space of the treble staff as an
> > > | f-sharp, not as an f. so i write "fis" for this note... :o)
> > >
> > > i don't agree. it is really not an f sharp, it is a natural f in the
> > > key of G, so nothing has to be added to it. if you are singing a piece
> > > and you aren't told which key it is in (unless you have an absolute
> > > ear) you will sing "sharp" notes completely automatically, like
> > > natural ones. :o)

Well, for all my faults, I have to admit that when I started out entering
text into Lily, I found expected to only type "f" when in G Major since I
had already specified my preferences in the Key Signature, using fs & ff to
make a change from the norm.
The current regime does not (as far as my understanding goes!) aid
transposition (if you are changing the base key rather than using

Given that, I can well understand the fellows puzzlement.

Can anybody explain why, despite having a "fs" specified by the current key
(for G Major), "fs" or "fis" needs to be specified, rather than just
assuming that the key fills in the gaps?


<please don't flame me, I'm only little>

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