Facts in the Key of E

musical-funnyWhat about E? Just what is E? Why would a writer care about E? Just as words form our basis for expressing our thoughts, notes are the language of music. What they both have in common is sound, and sound is a physical property which is made of pitch, frequency, amplitude and loudness or power. When you speak, your words can be measured on an oscilloscope, just like a saxophone or piano. Your voice has a frequency range, and when you sing, those frequencies correlate to notes in equal temperament. So E is as much a part of your speaking language as it is singing. Here are some other facts about E.

  • E is a note on the musical scale, which is based on equal temperament – which means every frequency has equal distance from each other.
  • In the C major scale, E is the third note.
  • E on the Helmholtz designation is labeled E4.
  • On a piece of sheet music, E is on the lowest staff line.
  • The E major scale has 4 sharps in it – F#, G#, C# and D#. These are represented on sheet music as four # signs next to the key signature, or clef.
  • The E minor scale only contains 1 sharp in it – F#.
  • E’s standard frequency is 329.628 Mhz. This is within the same frequency ranges as some short-wave radios.
  • E can also be written as F-flat. This is known as an enharmonic, or equivalent note.
  • In the I-IV-V chord progression, E’s IV is A and its V is B. Together they form the basis of numerous folk, country, rock, pop and blues songs.
  • E is the second note in the famous NBC chimes, which act as both NBC’s signature tone and a cue for radio stations to start broadcasting their local feeds. The other two notes are C and G, and they all fall within a C major chord – and as you learned earlier, E is the third note in the C major scale!
  • Rebel Rouser,” by Duane Eddy is in E.
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