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Encyclopedia > Sharp (music)
Figure 1. The notes C sharp and C double sharp on the treble clef.
Figure 1. The notes C sharp and C double sharp on the treble clef.

In music, sharp means higher in pitch. More specifically, in musical notation, sharp means "higher in pitch by a semitone (half step)," and has an associated symbol (), which looks somewhat like a "#" (number sign). The Unicode character '♯' (U+266F) may display as a sharp sign on some computers, and '𝄪' (U+1D12A) may display as a double sharp. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A clef (French for key) is a symbol used in musical notation that assigns notes to lines and spaces on the musical staff. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Pitch is the perceived fundamental frequency of a sound. ... A semitone (also known in the USA as a half step) is a musical interval. ... Number sign in Arial font Number sign is one name for the symbol #, and is the preferred Unicode name for the codepoint represented by that glyph. ... The Unicode Standard, Version 5. ... The tower of a personal computer. ...


Under twelve-tone equal temperament, B sharp for instance sounds the same as, or is enharmonically equivalent to, C natural, and G sharp is enharmonically equivalent to A flat. Note that in any other tuning system, such enharmonic equivalences in general do not exist. An equal temperament is a musical temperament — that is, a system of tuning intended to approximate some form of just intonation — in which an interval, usually the octave, is divided into a series of equal steps (equal frequency ratios). ... In music, an enharmonic is a note which is the equivalent of some other note, but spelled differently. ... In musical notation, a natural sign is a sign used to cancel a flat or sharp from either a preceding note or the key signature. ... Figure 1. ... In music, there are two common meanings for tuning: Tuning practice, the act of tuning an instrument or voice. ...


Double sharps also exist, which look like double sharp and raise a note by two semitones, or a whole step. Less often (in for instance microtonal music notation) one will encounter half, or three-quarter, or otherwise modified, sharps. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 19 scale piano Microtonal music is music using microtones — intervals of less than an equally spaced semitone, or as Charles Ives put it, the notes between the cracks of the piano. ... An accidental is a musical notation symbol used to raise or lower the pitch of a note from that indicated by the key signature. ...


The note C sharp is shown in musical notation in Figure 1, together with C double sharp. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Although very uncommon and only used in modern classical music, a triple sharp can sometimes be found ( double sharp). They raise a note three semitones. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...


In tuning, sharp can also mean "slightly higher in pitch". If two simultaneous notes are slightly out of tune, the higher-pitched one (assuming the lower one is properly pitched) is said to be sharp with respect to the other. In music, there are two common meanings for tuning: Tuning practice, the act of tuning an instrument or voice. ...


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