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Mystery: On the Names of Notes

Can anyone explain to me why, if the C scale is the scale that contains no sharps or flats, it isn’t named the A scale, with middle C renamed middle A?

5 thoughts on “Mystery: On the Names of Notes”

  1. Billy Buerger says:

    You know, I’ve always wondered the same thing. Unfortunately I can’t give you an answer.

  2. Kevin says:

    Because the right wing commies wanna confuse the hell outta of the leftist nazis. You didn’t get the memo?

  3. Bob S-K says:

    Oh, oh, me, me! It’s because the real, original, end-all key was A minor (the crazy Pythagorean Greeks had something to do with this). C-major’s status as the big-boy, kick-ass, first-chair key came later.

  4. J. Matthew says:

    Hey, Bob, thanks! So could we say that the minor used to be major and the major minor in the musical hearts of mankind? Or at least Greekkind?

  5. Bob S-K says:

    Uh, yeah. Sure.

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