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i gots a dumb question

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ok so its weird i do not know this answer because i play bass / make tabs and obviously know the notes on my fret board. but a friend asked me and i cant really think of how to explain sharp and flat. i know its the fret between the whole note… but arent the the same in that sence? it could be called gb or f sharp for example?
LoudLon [moderator]
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Yes, one note sharp is the same as the next note up flat. So an A sharp is the same thing as B flat, D sharp is the same as E flat, etc.

I believe E and B are the only two notes which don't have sharps; it goes from E to F, and B to C with no sharps (or F-flat, or B-flat) in between.
so it can be called either or and its the same thing?
i get it lol. i was trying to think of how to explain it. so f sharp would be the fret right after E-f and before g? and it can also be called e flat?
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When you are playing if you go up a semitone that's sharp and down a semitone is flat, simples
LoudLon [moderator]
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Here you go:

so any # can be a flat too??? from the note before? so a# could be b flat?
LoudLon [moderator]
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Yup. The only ones that not applying to being, again, an E sharp/F flat and a B sharp/C flat, because as you can see from the image above, there's no such thing.
i play a half step down so my open low e is d# then my first fret is e? 2nd fret f 3rd F# and 4th G?
LoudLon [moderator]
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Yes, for every half-step you tune down, standard notes shift up one fret. So if you tune down 1/2 a step, then the open 4th string is D sharp/E flat, which means standard E would be on the first fret. Tuned down a full step, the standard E would be on the second fret, etc.
DANNYBASSMAN93 [top submitter]
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Thats not a dumb question bro all of us used to have this problem before or while playing bass but yeah Lon's explanation is more than enough to explain the #(Sharps) & b(Flats)

Good job Lon

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