Cabbage Head and 200+ Other Words You Can Spell Using Musical Notes

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The following list of words can be rendered as musical notes, A to H. While most of the world uses only the letters A to G for musical note names, in Germany, Scandinavia, and a few other places, it is common to use H to mean B natural and B for B flat. This practice grew out of the tenth century custom of using separate noteheads for B flat (round) and B natural (square). By J.S. Bach’s time, the shapes had become replaced with the B and H note shapes, and then simply the note names, used with what we now consider to be the standard shapes.

Bach and many of his fans (including Schoenberg, Schnittke, Schumann, and some other composers whose names don’t begin with S) famously took advantage of the B/H naming distinction, sneaking the “Bach motif” (Bb A C B-natural) into various compositions.

American musicians typically don’t follow this B/H practice, in casual parlance, except when engaging in similar musical/wordplay.

So, here's a list of words you can spell, minus proper nouns (sorry, Bach, Abe, Ed, Cheech, Bea, and Dee-dee!). Feel free to send me anymore you come up with!

a

aa

aah

aahed

ab

aba

abac

abb

abba

abbe

abbed

abcee

abed

acca

accede

acceded

ace

aced

ach

achage

ache

ached

ad

adage

add

ae

aff

ag

aga

age

aged

agee

agha

ah

aha

ahead

ahed

ba

baa

baaed

baba

babe

bac

bacca

baccae

bach

bacha

bached

bad

bade

badge

badged

baff

baffed

bag

bagh

bah

be

beach

beached

bead

beaded

bed

bedad

bede

bedhead

bee

beech

beef

beegah

beg

begad

behead

bhagee

caa

caaed

cab

caba

cabbage

cabbaged

cabbed

caca

cache

cached

cad

cade

cadee

cadge

cadged

caeca

cafe

caff

cag

cage

caged

ceca

cede

ceded

cee

ch

cha

cha-cha

cha-cha-cha

chace

chaced

chad

chafe

chafed

chaff

chaffed

che

chebec

chef

chefed

cheffed

da

dab

dabba

dabbed

dace

dacha

dad

dada

dadah

dae

daff

daffed

dag

dah

de

dead

deaf

deb

debag

debe

decad

decade

decaf

decaff

dee

deed

def

deface

defaced

deg

ea

each

ebb

ebbed

ecad

ecce

ech

eche

eched

ed

edge

edged

edh

ee

eech

ef

eff

efface

effaced

effed

egad

eh

ehed

fa

faa

fab

facade

face

faced

fad

fade

faded

fadge

fadged

fae

fag

fah

fe

fed

fee

feeb

feed

feedbag

feg

feh

gab

gabba

gabbed

gad

gade

gae

gaed

gaff

gaffe

gaffed

ged

gee

geed

ghee

ha

haaf

had

hade

haded

hae

haed

haff

hag

hah

ha-ha

he

head

headage

headed

hebe

hedge

hedged

heed