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The Natural Sign

In the previous lessons we saw that a SHARP sign # raises a note half a step and that a FLAT sign b lowers a note half a step.

A review over Sharps and Flats Each note may be named two ways.

So basically, each key may be named in two ways.


The Natural Sign cancels a sharp or a flat.

The NATURAL is used to CANCEL a sharp or flat.

A note that appears on the staff next to a natural will always a WHITE KEY on the keyboard.


In this next piece, "Fur Elise by Beethoven", you can see how the natural is placed in order to cancel the sharp note in the beginning of the bar.

A Natural Sign in Fur Elise by Beethoven.

In this next musical piece, "Wedding March by Mendelssohn", the natural mark cancels the sharp note which was indicated in the bar before.
In the previous lesson I thought you that when sharp or flat notes appear before a note, they apply to that note for the rest of the whole measure.
Although this natural note is located in the NEXT measure we still use a natural in order to avoid confusion with the previous bar.

A Natural Sign in Wedding march by Mendelssohn.

And here's a piece called "Melody in F by Anton Rubinstein" where the natural cancels a flat, but this time the flat sign is indicated in the key signature.

A Natural Sign in Melodi in F by Anton Rubinstein.

Finally, Here are some pieces with naturals.

Fur Elise by Beethoven Download

Melody in F by Anton Rubinstein Download

Swinging Download

Wedding March Download

Zebra Crossing Download

In the next piano lesson we'll learn about accent signs.

Return from The Natural Sign to Piano Notes.


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