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Hello Everyone, Can anyone tell me how to play a double flat? (Meaning there are two flat signs next to the note.) I assumed they cancel each other, but then they would be unnecessary...an answer would be helpful. Thanks!
-- Trudy (email@example.com), February 01, 2005
No, they don't cancel! If it's B double flat, for example, you play A...two semitones lower than B.
By the way, there is also a double sharp; the sign looks like an "X".
-- Alice Dearden (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 02, 2005.
Thank you! But now I have another question...Why would a composer do that, instead of just writing an A? Thanks.
-- Trudy (email@example.com), February 02, 2005.
Because the composer needed to stay in the key of the piece. So he needed some type of B, or whatever the note needed to be. Hence the double flat.
-- anon. (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 02, 2005.