Music Is Essentially 12 Notes Between Any Octave

I love movies. Always have as far back as a young kid. I also love movie soundtracks. Instrumental or vocal doesn’t matter.

I recently went to see the reboot of the movie ‘A Star Is Born’

I don’t want to give too much away in case you haven’t seen it, but essentially the story is about a rock star with a drinking and drug problem who discovers a talented young woman and helps her launch her career and about their blossoming relationship.

It’s a great movie. If you haven’t seen it, go. And it has an equally powerful soundtrack featuring Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga.

At one point in the movie there was this poignant quote between two of the characters…

“Music is essentially 12 notes between any octave, Twelve notes, and the octave repeats. It’s the same story told over and over, forever. All any artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes. That’s it.”


Now of course this isn’t a blanket statement about all the world’s music and all the cultures of the world.

But it’s fitting for western music and western ears/sensibilities. And especially true for the kind of piano music I play.

Doesn’t matter what octave or key you’re in, all you get are those 12 notes within that scale.

If you want to get really nerdy about that concept here is a website for you

So say for example you start on middle C those 12 notes would be…

C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B and then beginning at C again.

Of course many people in the key of C mostly use the natural notes of the scale and less of the accidentals (depending on the song)

But accidentals happen 🙂

Here’s a little music magic from the movie…


2018-10-12T18:40:29-05:00 October 12th, 2018|