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posted: 11/30/2006 at 4:11:53 AM ET
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Im having a difficult time in my music class, we are learning how to read & write music. but we dont actually paly it, we are learning from what we see on the chalkboard and not from hearing! Its erally frustrating!!!!! I need some help on reaading music. Key signatures ( we have to memorize most of them!!!!!!

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posted: 12/13/2006 at 9:35:44 PM ET
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A good way to memorize key sigs is to write them out multiple times, and say the notes as you write.

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posted: 7/10/2007 at 4:20:13 PM ET
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Another good way is to write out the notes on a staff and give them an acronym that you will remember. Different one's for bass and treble clef. From bottom to top on the treble clef, for example, is the common, "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" for the E G B D F.

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posted: 7/10/2007 at 5:15:30 PM ET
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A staff with no sharps or flats at the beginning is the key of C. You just have to memorize that.

A staff with one flat (Bb) is the key of F. You just have to memorize that, too.

A staff with two flats (Bb and Eb) is the key of Bb. You go to the second to last flat and that is the key.
Three flats (Bb, Eb and Ab) is the key of Eb.
Four flats (Bb, Eb, Ab and Db) is the key of Ab.

A staff with one sharp (F#) is the key of G. You look at the last sharp and go up one half step for the key.
A staff with two sharps (F# and C#) is the key of D.
A staff with three sharps (F#, C# and G#) is the key of A

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