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posted: 6/27/2004 at 9:32:05 PM ET
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I am putting a pile of sheet music in order by key...attempting to at least. It has been ages since I have taken piano lessons. I still know how to read the notes to play but cannot tell how to determine which key it should be played in. For example, if the first line of the music (Treble Clef) has a Flat symball on the B line, would that be the Key of B? Someone told me that it would be the key of F but I'm not sure how they determined that? How do you determine this? Please help.

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posted: 6/29/2004 at 6:25:22 PM ET
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The key of F: F - G - A - Bb - C - D - E - F Seeing a Bb tells you it's in F. It's something that's picked up after constructing major scales for awhile.

The Quickie Method:

Whatever the last flat is, count up four. Example: You see a Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db. Count up four from the Db (E - F - G - A). The key is Ab (A flat)

For sharps: Whatever the last sharp is, go up one. Example: You see F# and C#. Go up one from the C# to D. They key is D.


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posted: 6/30/2004 at 2:32:20 PM ET
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Keys are determined on what it takes to play a Major scale. Do-Re-Me-Fa-So-La-Te-Do

If you start on C and play each white key to the next C you have a Major scale. If you start on any note BESIDES C you must use the black keys. The Key sinature tell you which black keys to use to make it a Major scale.

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