gmalivuk wrote:F is the note after E, but the key of F is the key after C (or I guess after Bb if you're going the other direction).
That's a good example of the strange prevalence of homonyms within a given field that I was going on about here
. You have key
, the physical lever on a piano keyboard, and key
, the scale or set of notes in which a piece of music is based. And that's not all: there's clef
, which is the symbol indicating which notes are represented by the lines of a musical stave; and in Cuban and other related music you have the clave
, which is both a rhythm in its own right and a kind of rhythmic "map" of the two-bar repeating unit (in a sense that I never fully grokked); there's also claves
, a percussion instrument often used to play the clave
rhythm. It's only because English used a mixture of borrowing of cognates from different languages and translation (calquing?) that these words are not all identical.