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Question: Why do we use sharps & flats in music? Why can't we name the 12 notes as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L? Why bothering key signatures and circle of fifths and enharmonic notes and thinking whether we use sharp or flat (in case if one encounters double sharps and double flats, which are not used practically).
Asked by Zan Himmer (104.131.66.x) on August 21 2018, 5:32am
Reply on August 21 2018, 1:02pm:
    I imagine that originally people who notated music would just make music in a single key (where it was A-G and no accidentals), then eventually they expanded out? Edit: I did some googling and found that for a long time only B was made flat at times, hence the shape of the flat symbol being similar to that of a B -- or in german notation, H (similar in shape to a B) is B natural, B is B flat
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