HOWDY! “The Universal Language”

I taught music all my life. I lived music all my life. I hear music all the time. It was my privilege to create music and so I thought you might, during this ‘stay-at-home’ period of our life, you might get a lift from some musical fact.
1 Music is Universal.
2. Printed music is understood ‘Universally’.
3. Music is comprised of ‘specifics’, so it appeals to the most intelligent mind.
4. The Music Alphabet has only 7 letters (A B C D E F G)
5. A musical scale has 8 degrees. You may have heard them in a song from “Sound of Music”. (Doh Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Doh)
6. A standard piano keyboard has 88 keys. (52 ‘white’ and 36 ‘black’)
Here is a segment of a piano keyboard:

7. Notice the black keys are in patterns of 2 and 3. Each has two names.
8. White keys are ALL in the key of “C Major”.
9. A “C Major” scale has 8 degrees. (C D E F G A B C)
10. The black keys are either ‘sharp or flat’ and take the name of the white keys adjacent.
11. A Major Scale is comprised of ‘whole steps’ and half steps’.
(Looking at the keyboard segment, Do you see that the first of two black keys would be ‘C-sharp or D-flat’ and the second of two would be ‘D-sharp and E-flat? Now look at the cluster of three black keys and determine what names they can have.)
12. There is a total of 30 keys of musical composition. (15 are Major and 15 are minor)
13. There are 7 keys with ‘flats’ and 7 with ‘sharps’ PLUS the Key of
“C Major” and “a minor’).
14. The sixth degree of a Major scale is the first degree of its minor. (scales are designated by upper case (Major) and lower case (minor)
15. In a Major scale, half-steps occur between 3 & 4 and 7 & 8. (Prove this by looking at the keyboard segment and notice that there is no black key between B & C and E & F. They are the half-steps in a C scale.
16. Now, notice that the sixth degree of a C-scale is ‘a’, if you begin a scale there, the half steps must be different. (What are they?)
17. Just for fun, start and build a Major scale on “F”. What ‘black’ key would you use ‘in flats’? Now, build a Major scale n “G”. Where would you use ‘sharps’?
HINT: Sharp keysignatures begin with “G” and move in fifths. Flat keysignatures begin with “F” and move in fourths.
Let me know how you do in ‘comments’. Thanks
And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN

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