Music theory > Pitch of sounds > Accidentals > Quarter tones

Quarter tones

You know all about accidentals? Now it is time to learn quarter tones.

Quarter tones are used in contemporary music or to adapt eastern music to western music notation.

Quarter flat

Quarter flat

Quarter flat lowers the pitch by a quarter tone.

Quarter sharp

Quarter sharp

Quarter flat raises the pitch by a quarter tone.

Three quarter flat

Three quarter flat

Three quarter flat lowers the pitch by a 3 quarters tone.

Three quarter sharp

Three quarter sharp

Three quarter flat raises the pitch by 3 quarters tone.

Summary of quarter tones

Note that there are several symbols for each quarter tones notation:

quarter tones

Quarter tone scale

Below you can hear a quarter tone scale.



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