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posted: 1/26/2005 at 9:44:55 PM ET
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When reading sheet music, in the key signature there is most often at least one sharp or flat. I was once informed that this was the key that the song was played in. However, the base note is usually a G or F. So my question is, what purpose does the sharp or flat serve, and how do you determine what key the song is played in?

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posted: 1/27/2005 at 5:37:37 AM ET
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hello spirit..i am also a learner....one sharp is always f sharp...which means all f's are you to be played a semitone higher...one flat is a b flat which means all b's are to be played a semitone lower....if you have your music books it will show you in the back normally...under the scales....which key relates to which notes...also..you'll notice the sharp or flat sign is on the line or space of the note it intends to change...all the best...Margaret

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posted: 1/27/2005 at 11:44:53 AM ET
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Look here. The tutoral helps a lot to explain the use of keys.


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