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Anonymous
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posted: 6/10/2003 at 8:48:46 PM ET
I need to learn on how to name the key signature! It's extremely important we're having a final on it tomorrow and we just started learning it today! extremely

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posted: 12/23/2003 at 10:28:58 PM ET
To find a sharp key-find the last sharp in the key signature and go up to the next letter of the musical alphgabet. To find a flat key, locate the next-to last flat-that flat names the key. The exception to the flat rule if F Major-it has only one flat-B.

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posted: 12/26/2003 at 3:57:09 PM ET
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.

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