21 Revelation – by Mike Overly

Hello Everyone,

Welcome, and thank you for visiting this first 12tonemusic blog. The purpose of this blog is to share with you what goes on in my mind as music meets the guitar and bass fretboard.

I would like to share with you, in no particular chronological order, the very quick and raw, unedited hand written pages before I sit down at the computer and spend way too much time editing and polishing these original rough words and illustrations into a polished article or book.

So, here’s my plan. I’ll scan in the page, write a few words of presentation, and then get out-of-the-way… sounds simple enough.

Okay, let’s begin with a 21st Century Revelation I had in September of 2002. It’s simple on the surface, but like leverage ~ a simple fulcrum can move great weight. Here’s was my idea: if there are 7 natural letters, then there has to be 7 flat letters and 7 sharp letters. In other words, 7 + 7 + 7 = 21! Or, said a different way, if one Octave has 12 Sounds, then, one octave must have 21 Symbols. This was a major epiphany for me, it clarified a whole life of prior music knowledge… and it just might do the same for you.

Here’s the first rough draft of this path-breaking thought.

12 Sounds, 21 Symbolic Letters and 15 Major Keys

To begin understanding the leverage of this simple 21 symbol fulcrum is to realize that it answers the traditional question: if there are only 12 sounds in one octave, why are there 15 Major keys… but that’s another post.

So, till next time, play and have fun ~ I’ll be listening!


8 Responses to 21 Revelation – by Mike Overly

  1. 12tonemusic says:


    Thank you for liking my first blog, I can see you’ve been doing yours for quite some time ~ Congratulations!

    When you have a moment, please visit my website, and if you would, let me know what you think . . .

    ’til next time, play and have fun,

    P.S. Wow, that sure is an Ugly Bass Face! hehe ;~)


    • vishalicious says:

      You’ve got a great start of a blog so far. Your 1st post was interesting – I’m a beginner, but I’ve been reading a bit of theory and hoping it sticks. Applying it, of course, is a completely different beast from just reading.

      Some of what you wrote is a little above my head, but I understand enough to be intrigued by it. The structured part of my head likes that you have archives and categories. It might be useful to add tags as well – they help search engines index your pages and make them findable on the internet.

      I’ve had my bass blog for about 3 years now. There have been long periods in which I’ve not written anything though, so I’m not the best example to look at when it comes to blogging. But, yes, my bass face is pretty ugly. 😉 That was the ugliest picture of myself that I have, so I made sure to use it on the site. 😉

      Oh – you should write something on your About page!


      • Mike Overly says:

        Hello Vishalicious,

        I followed your advise and updated my about page. Please take a look and let me know what you think.



      • vishalicious says:

        It looks good. I didn’t know you were such a seasoned musician and teacher! I’ll check out your main website later. The system you’ve created looks interesting.


  2. Miquel says:

    Hmm it seeems like youjr site ate my first comment (it was
    super long) so I guess I’ll just suum it upp what I
    submitted annd say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any helpful hints for newabie blog writers?

    I’d genuinely appreciate it.


  3. Doug says:

    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I am hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own website now 😉


  4. Mike Overly says:

    Hello Doug,

    Thank you for the kind words!

    I hope that you’ve begun writing and sharing your thoughts with others.



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