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Lesson 5 Test

 

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1.                 How many notes are contained within an octave in Western music?

 

2.                 What tuning system makes all semitones equidistant from one another?

 

3.                 There is a semitone distance between every adjacent pair of white notes on the piano, with two exceptions.  Name them.

 

4.                 What is the difference between a diatonic and a chromatic semitone?

 

5.                 When a sharp sign is placed in front of a note, what effect does it have on the note?  A flat sign?  A double sharp sign?  A double flat sign?  A natural sign?

 

6.                 When writing the ascending chromatic scale, what accidental is used exclusively?  Is this true for the descending chromatic scale?

 

7.                 In one measure of music, the note G double sharp is followed by G sharp.  What is the distance between these two pitches?  In the following measure, the note A double sharp is followed by A natural.  What is the distance between these two pitches?

 

8.                 In treble clef, notate the pitch that occurs between A and B in as many ways as possible.

 

9.                 In bass clef, notate the pitch that occurs between C and D in as many ways as possible.

 

10.             Below you will find five separate musical passages, each of which uses accidentals.  Identify the last pitch of each passage, remembering the rules for the use of accidentals.

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