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Thread #115745   Message #2480162
Posted By: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
30-Oct-08 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Why Only 7 letter names?
Subject: RE: Why Only 7 letter names?
It's partly historical, sharps and flats weren't invented til long after the 7 letter name system was already in use. But it's also much, much easier, as diatonic scales have 7 notes in them, therefore using each of the letters ocne, with sharps or flats as modifiers, rather than each key using a different combination of letter names.

It also makes much more sense from the point of view of written music- if you had to have a separate space/ line on a stave for each of the 12 notes, it would be really hard to read.