[Bell Historians] Digest Number 176

LOVE, Dickon DrLove at s...
Wed Sep 11 11:39:41 BST 2002

I also absolutley agree with this, as a keyboard and (lapsed!) string
musician. Perhaps we can stick to a convention for classifying the keys of
rings, ie A,Bb,B,C,C#,D,Eb,E,F,F#,G,Ab, (probably the most commonly scored
keys?) but also be sure to correctly assign the notes of each bell within
the ring according to the designated key (eg E# instead of F in a C# ring).
Not only is this approach logical, it is easily understandable as it is in
line with conventionally scored music. Musicians understand that (on a
keyboard) E# relates F; anyone wanting to classify the keys of bells should
understand that too.

I think Michael has the best suggestion here. These are the sorts of lines
that I shall be converting my web pages to follow. However, this should be
true for Major scales. Interestingly, Minor scales follow a different
convention for keynote, e.g. D flat minor is the convention, not C sharp
minor. Fortunately there are not many of these!


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