Originally Posted by JeffHanneman
Thanks for this. I always wonder "should I learn that sharps are also flats" or "flats are also sharps."
That one will confuse ya
As long as you understand that a D# = Eb you are good. What you actually call that note depends on the key signature. If you were playing something with an Eb key signature you would never call that note a D#. If the key sig has flats in it, there are not ever going to be sharps, just flats and "naturals". IOW, in Eb minor (Aeolian), you may see an Eb, and F, and a Gb, but you wouldn't call the Gb an F#. You could have a G natural for a chromatic tone within the scale, but you wouldn't have say a G#, because that is an Ab, which is already a note within the key of Eb minor. Get it? :-)