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Re: sharping naturals

From: Christopher R. Maden
Subject: Re: sharping naturals
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:15:57 -0500
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On 07/23/2015 11:33 AM, Brother Gabriel-Marie wrote:
When you use key signatures like A major or B Major you end up with a
 lot of naturals in the score for which you may have to manually add

I think this is a common misunderstanding for new Lilypond users.

Another way to phrase this is, If you write music with a lot of naturals, in a key with sharps, you will end up with a lot of accidentals.

The solution is to write music with the sharp notes you actually want.

For instance, I can write:

\key c \major
d e fis g | a1

Or I can write:

\key d \major
d e fis g | a1

They will look different, but will be the same notes. The music describes itself; the key signature affects presentation.[*]


[*] Yes, it has semantic implications, too, the tonic and mode, etc., but I’m trying to keep this simple(ish).
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