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Key Signatures Test. Test A day, next Thursday 1/30 Test B day, next Friday 1/31. Why learn Key Signatures?. So we can read and sing music So we can locate “do” sometimes called the root, tonic or key note. The Key Signature.

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Key signatures test
Key Signatures Test

  • Test A day, next Thursday 1/30

  • Test B day, next Friday 1/31


Why learn key signatures
Why learn Key Signatures?

  • So we can read and sing music

  • So we can locate “do” sometimes called the root, tonic or key note.


The key signature
The Key Signature

  • At the beginning of every piece of music we find a key signature and a time signature.

  • The key signature is a collection of sharps and flats in specific locations on the staff


Learning the key signatures
Learning the key signatures

  • Remember the notes on the staff?

  • Write the note names on the staff including the notes above and below

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B

A

G

F

E

D

C

B

A

G

F

E

D

C



For flats count down four notes from the last flat or the second to last flat names the key
For flats: right)count down four notes from the last flat OR the second to last flat names the key


Key of c has no sharps or flats

Key of C right)

has no sharps or flats


E right)

D


G right)

F


D right)

C


A right)

G


1 right)

2

3

4


1 right)

2

3

4


1 right)

2

3

4


Sharp keys
Sharp Keys right)

G

D

A

E

B

F#

C#


Flat keys
Flat keys right)

E

A

F

B

D

G

C


Things to remember
Things to remember right)

  • The sharp keys will be plain notes most of the time i.e. A not A# or B not B#. The key of F# and the key of C# are the only exceptions we will deal with.

  • The flat keys will be something flat other than the key of F. So it will be Eb or Ab.

  • The key of C has NO sharps or flats in the key signature.


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