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Music notes marked with basic accidentals.

A sharp, double-sharp, flat, and natural (respectively) on the staff.

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Definition: An accidental in music is:
  1. A symbol that modifies the pitch of a note, turning it into a sharp, a flat, or a natural; also refers to the modified notes themselves.



  2. Black piano keys are also called accidentals.


Also Known As: Pronunciation: ack'-sih-DEN-təl







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