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Hi folks, I keep getting confused when people refer to things like g7 or c5 ect, can someone help us out. Are we talking about piano scales. Where is our ref point on a piano for scales eg middle c Im assuming where talking about c between bass and treble clef is this correct and if so is this C0 or C4 or am I completely wrong
Any help would be appreciated
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well, if you're talking about chords, which can be notated by chord symbols, then the letter, example: G or C, is the bass note of the chord, or the root...and the numbers and symbols(a dash - or triangle, etc.), example: G7 or Cmaj7, after it refer to what type of chord it is. here's a pretty good explanation and list of a great deal of chords:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_symbol


now, when referring to a particular musical pitch, ex.: G2 or C4, this means a specific note...and does not refer to chords. here's another good wiki article on that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_pitch_notation



sometimes the two of these can look the same, like E7 the chord or E7 the pitch...but when musicians speak of chords and say things like E7, 99% of the time they are talking about the chord and not the pitch.
 
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