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posted: 9/3/2005 at 11:28:55 AM ET
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What do you look for in a piece of music to sense by listening to it whether its in major or minor? I know major usually sounds happier, but some major tunes seem to sound sadder than some minor tunes. I can distinguish between a major tune and a minor tune by the atmosphere conveyed. I'm interested in knowing how other people would describe the difference.

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posted: 9/3/2005 at 2:10:14 PM ET
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Well usually minor music has flats in the key signature and in major music there is usually sharps in the key signature. Thats how I distinguish between minor and major keys.

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posted: 9/4/2005 at 1:03:16 AM ET
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There are 15 major keys and 15 minor keys consisting of up to 7 flats and sharps. Plus no sharps/flats.
As far as telling the difference, it's just a tonality that minor has. Some hear it as an middle eastern sound. It can be in any song. happy, sad, or in between. Whats in the key doesn't matter. What matters is the arrangement of the notes in the key that make minor sound different from major.

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posted: 9/6/2005 at 11:44:05 AM ET
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The difference between major and minor keys is the intervals that make up the scale.

For major scales, the intervals are: whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half. IOW, in CMaj for example, from C to D is a whole step, D to E is a whole step, E to F is a half step, and so on.

For minor scales, the intervals are: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole. IOW, in Amin for example, from A to B is a whole step, B to C is a half step, C to D is a whole step, and so on.

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