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#beginquote# These things are quite complicated. I've been in music for about 6 years, and only truly learned about how to determine keys and know the difference between major and minor and all that within the last year. It took a course in music theory for me to learn. Well, a key is a system of tones... like, the key of C major has no sharps or flats. C major equals A minor... you simply count down 3 letters from C (c, b, then a) to get the relative minor of a major key. The key of Bb major has 2 flats, Bb and Eb. This is how you determine. First, the main key is C major, where all tones are natural. When you go to the key with one sharp, you count up from C a fifth. c, d, e, f, G. So G major is the key with one sharp. Count up 5 again to get the key with 2 sharps, D major. When going down the opposite way, count 4. Starting with C Major, when you count up 4 it is F, and F major has one flat. Count up 4 again, and get B. It would be Bb though, because the 2 flats are Bb and Eb. This is probably all really confusing, but that's pretty much what it is, very confusing (at least for me when I started learning)I think it's pretty much impossible to put it all in easy terms. #endquote#
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