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Thread #115745   Message #2480161
Posted By: GUEST,Jack Campin
30-Oct-08 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Why Only 7 letter names?
Subject: RE: Why Only 7 letter names?
We got that ultimately from the ancient Greek nomenclature for one of their scales, the diatonic genus. They had many other scales, but Western Christian chant didn't use them. There are a lot more note names in Arabic music, which developed more in the ancient Greek spirit.

The Greeks in turn got their music theory from ancient Sumeria, which already had a named 7-note scale nearly 4000 years ago.