Saturday, 31 May 2014

Help For Reading Double Sharps And Flats


Not put there just to catch you out.  If you can remember a few facts or rules about the way they behave it should make first time sight reading them easier. Here goes:
  • They'll usually be notated in familiar intervals - this means make sure your really quick on recognising perfect, minor and major intervals, like what's the major 6th in A# Minor?
  • In chromatic scale figures sharps ascend, flats descend.
  • Stepwise figures will always be spelt as a scale, e.g adjacent pitch letters.
  • Think about which key centres are most likely to have them?
  • Think about what notes within a scale are likely to become double sharps or flats?
Here are some quick reading tests that quickly illustrate the points in the following order
  • Getting Used to Common Intervals 
  • Sharps Ascending, Flats Descending
  • Spelling Stepwise Figures as a Scale
Common Intervals for Double Sharps and Flats


Sharps Ascending, Flats Descending


Spelling Stepwise Figures as a Scale


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