# Do intermediate musical notes exist?

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I started to wonder if there are notes between flat, natural, and sharp notes when I heard the songs "Brother Louie", "Cheri Cheri Lady", "Do You Wanna", and "Atlantis is Calling (SOS for Love)" by Modern Talking.

I noticed that they have notes that don't sound like a Re but don't sound like its sharp version, either, more like in between them.
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1 month ago
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Yes, there are notes in between! There are frequencies assigned as musical notes between semitones, called quarter tones. They are noted by the half sharp and half flat symbols.
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(Original post by E11i0tth11114)
Yes, there are notes in between! There are frequencies assigned as musical notes between semitones, called quarter tones. They are noted by the half sharp and half flat symbols.
Wow, that's amazing!
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1 month ago
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Any number of intermediate musical notes exist. Between any of those notes, an additional, infinite number of musical notes also exist. You can just average two frequencies to get the frequency halfway between them, then find the frequency halfway between that one and one of the original ones, then keep doing that indefinitely, at any pitch. All of those are valid musical notes, although most are not normally used in our musical culture. A slide whistle, trombone, or violin are capable of playing any of them, although a xylophone or piano are not (unless you do shenanigans like reaching inside and manually damping it in different places).
Last edited by anosmianAcrimony; 1 month ago
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(Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
Any number of intermediate musical notes exist. Between any of those notes, an additional, infinite number of musical notes also exist. You can just average two frequencies to get the frequency halfway between them, then find the frequency halfway between that one and one of the original ones, then keep doing that indefinitely, at any pitch. All of those are valid musical notes, although most are not normally used in our musical culture. A slide whistle, trombone, or violin are capable of playing any of them, although a xylophone or piano are not (unless you do shenanigans like reaching inside and manually damping it in different places).
Indeed, nuances in notes do exist.
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