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« on: October 26, 2008, 07:27:50 PM »

How do you look at a key signature and identify what key it is? I'm having problems.

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 12:49:16 AM »

Okay. Here goes nothing:

C, G, D, A, E, B, F# and C#= 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 sharps respectively.
C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb and Cb= 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 flats respectively.

That's the major keys. Minor keys are a third lower.

A, E, B, F#, C#, G#, D# and A#= 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 sharps respectively.
A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb and Ab= 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 flats respectively.

Minor keys can have the same key signature as major keys (like A minor and C major). However, the minor keys tend to have more accidentals (added flats or sharps) in the piece, cause of the raised 7th note.

I really hope this helps.
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