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#beginquote# Another way, while longer, will help you in other ways too and it just helpful to know. As you probably know, the key with no sharps or flats is C major or A Minor. (To find out the relative minor of a major scale, count 3 letters back. C, b, A. To know which a piece of music is in, look at the first note and last note, that should tell you.) Anyway, each sharp you add to the key signature, you count up 5 notes and that is the key. Take one sharp for instance. You count 5 letters up from C. C, d, e, f, G. So G major (or E minor) is the key signature. As you add each flat to the key signature, you count up 4 letters. For instance, one flat. Count 4 up from C. C, d, e, F. So it's F major (or D Minor). Knowing this way of key determination will help you in other aspects of theory also, so it's good to know. I suggest knowing that first, then using the shortcut mentioned in the previous post. :) #endquote#
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