Why Do Notes Have Names?

Note names are weird. Depending on where you studied, you probably refer to notes either with letters or a series of arbitrary-seeming nonsense syllables, but, like, why? Where does that come from, and why do we still use it? Well, I decided to look into it with the help of my friend Mark from The Endless Knot, and it turns out it’s… well, it’s complicated. There’s a lot of history, going back all the way to the Greeks and Romans, but the journey we’ve taken to get to the note names we use today was a really fun one to explore!



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