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Major Key Signatures. Order of Sharps and Flats. Order of the Sharps:. F ather C harles G oes D own A nd E ats B reakfast. ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯. F C G D A E B. Order of the Flats:. The reverse of the Sharps. ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭.

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Order of Sharps and Flats

Order of the Sharps:

Father Charles Goes Down And Eats Breakfast

♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯

F C G D A E B

Order of the Flats:

The reverse of the Sharps

♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭

B E A D G C F

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Flat Rule

The name of the key is the next-to-the-last flat.

Flat order:

Example : The key with four flats is A♭ because A♭ is the third flat.

♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭

B E A D G C F

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Sharp Rule

The name of the key is one half step higher than the last sharp.

Sharp order:

C♯ D♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ C♯

♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯ ♯

F C G D A E B

Higher

The key of A has three sharps because

A is one half step higher than G♯.

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Major Key “Crutch”

Sharps

7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

♯ ♯

C F

C F

B E A D

G C

G C

♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭ ♭

B E A D

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Flats

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The Crutch (circle) Teaches . . .

All the major key signatures: F major has one flat, F♯ major has six sharps, A major has three sharps, and so forth.

The number of sharps plus flats of same letter keys always equals 7. Example: B♭ (2 flats) + B (5 sharps) = 7

C = no sharps or flats. C♯ = 7 sharps. C♭ = 7 flats.

F♯ & G♭(same note) both have 6 (sharps & flats).

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