The Black Keys (not the band)
So I've been talking a lot about the white notes. Let's talk about the difference between the white notes and the black notes and what the black notes are. So let me just get rid of all the go down to just one note. Ah, that's a C three. You let me turn that delay off because that was fun earlier, but less fun now. Okay, so here I have. See? Right. Ah, the next white note above It gets a new letter Name D right. The next white note above that gets a new letter Name E. Now, what do we call this thing in between c and D, right? It has two answers and this convey be, ah, little tricky to understand. So I'm going to spend a few minutes on it. So the note above middle C r. Sorry. The note above. See, this one is called C sharp. We can think of that symbol sharp, which looks like a hash tag. We can think of that as meaning. Ah, little bit higher. Right. So see a little bit higher. C sharp Right now. Here's what's tricky about this. What do we call the note under D the note underneath D we ca...
lled the flat, which and the word flat could mean D a little bit lower. That's kind of what flat means. So, in essence, this note has two different names. We can call that C Sharp or we can call it D Flat, which is confusing. What is it really called? Well, the what it's really called depends on the context of what you're doing. So, um, for example, as a very simple example, let's do this. Here's a D. Here's the other thing. And here's a seat. In this case, I would call this note a D flat because we're going down. We're going t d flat C If it was the other way around, I would call us to see Sharp because the melody is going C c. Sharp deep. Now that's like really splitting hairs, and it's probably nothing that you'll really ever encounter and electronic music. So don't stress out about what we call those all that much. Um, it does matter once we start talking about, um, being in key. It matters because some keys, um, are written using sharps and some keys are written using flats and that will be important later because, um, the most sequencers and able 10 is included in that. Always will write the note when I put my mouse over it and you see it giving me the name of the note. It's calling it here. See, Sharp three. No matter what direction I'm coming from, it calls all these notes by their sharp name, and it never uses flat. Um, I think I have a theory as to why that's true. Um, I think sequences do that because the symbol for a sharp is just like the number symbol. Ah, and the symbol for a flat is actually like a new symbol that they would have to like create, and that would be tricky. So, um, the sharp is easier to print. Sometimes when we're writing a flat symbol, we use a lower case be, um but that's not quite right. Um, so your sequence there is always going to show you sharps, even if it should be showing you flats. Um, so that could be a little confusing once we get into weird keys. But again, let's cross that bridge when we come to it. So don't stress out about that, too. much. For now. Just know that the Black Keys are named by their position next to another key. So, for example, let's look at D. This is D What's the note? What's the black note right above d gonna be called? It's gonna be called D Sharp, right? It could also be called E flat, but our sequences gonna call a D sharp. What's the note? Right above E called? Well, it's a white note, right? So it's gonna be called F. There's no such thing as E sharp or F flat. No slight caveat to that. Um, if you get into like super super Advanced music theory way down the road, you might encounter in E Sharper and F flat. But it's it's really for the purposes of electronic music. It's really never gonna come up, so don't worry about that. There's no such thing is in the shop or an F flat. Let's keep going. The note above AF is called in F sharp. After a little bit higher, write the note above G is called G sharp. The note above a is called a sharp, and then we get another spot where there's no black, don't in between. So there is no such thing as be sharp right, because the next note above B is a C. And there's no such thing as C flat. Um, because the note right underneath see, is a B. Now you might wonder, why is that true? That we have this pattern where there are two spots within the space of an active so between see and see, there are two spots that don't get a black note in between. Why is this set up that way? Well, there's a very good answer, and I promise I will answer that for you shortly. Um, that is what makes something in key is what that pattern is. So hold on for a couple more videos, and then I promised to explain that. But for now, note that the lingo here is ah, the sharp means we're talking about than above them. The next note. So when I say f sharp, that means we find this f and it's one above it. If I say g flat, that means the G and one below it f Sharp and G flatter the same note. Now it might be the case that later on in this class. Um, I I get distracted and I start saying words or I start naming notes. Ah, like I start saying b flat on your sequence, there is a sharp right. I'm going to try really are not to do that. But sometimes I do that on accident. Um, because according to, like the rules of music theory, uhm you should call things flat when you're doing certain other things. We'll talk more about that later, but I'm gonna try to talk talking sharps, Um so when I refer to this particular note, I will try to say a sharp, But on occasion, I might say b flat. So just remember that Ah, those were the same notes.