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posted: 2/26/2011 at 3:00:30 AM ET
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I play a little piano and I'm trying to get into songwriting but I'm having trouble with key signatures. For instance, when someone says A Minor, what do they mean? What is the significance? I know you usually start at A on the keyboard but what else?

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posted: 4/6/2011 at 4:21:57 AM ET
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In short, A minor has no sharps or flats in the key signature. There will be however a G sharp most of the time the note G occurs. To change a major key to a minor key, add three flats. Sharps and flats combined cancel each other out, much like working with positive and negative integers. The key of A major has three sharps. Add three flats and the net is zero. In minor keys however, the seventh note is most often raised on half step. www.ipracticemore.com

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