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posted: 1/28/2004 at 9:13:35 PM ET
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When the flat symbol precedes the beginning of the line of music, which notes do you play a half step down? All of them??

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posted: 1/31/2004 at 4:57:08 PM ET
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When there is a flat symbol in the key, you only flat the note that the symbol indicates. You tell this by whatever line or space the flat symbol is on. If there is only one flat in the key signature, it's going to be Bb. If there are 2, they will be Bb and Eb. The order of flats is b, e, a, d, g, c, f. But, if there is a flat symbol in one measure, it doesn't have to go in order like that, it's just right next to the note that should be flatted (and if that note appears again in the same measure without a natural sign, it will still be flat.) I hope that answered your question.

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