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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Importance of Note Names

Knowledge of these note names is important for numerous reasons. First, it provides a foundation for the successful understanding and use of musical scales, keys, modes, chords, and so on, and the various musical values that arise from the use of these within musical compositions. Our study of these values will begin in earnest in Chapter 3, “The Major Scale.”

Second, such knowledge enables you to know which note you are playing on your synthesizer or sampler. Here you can be pretty sure that note D#4 on one synth will correspond to note D#4 on another. In the case of samplers, you need to know the note names so that you know which key a sample is assigned to. On a sampled drum kit, if the open hi-hats are assigned to ...

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