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What do Piano Sharps or Flats


Jacklyn Dougherty If the key signature has no sharps or flats, the piece is in C major (or A  minor).  •If the key signature has one flat, the piece is in F major (or D minor).  •If the key signature has more than one flat, the piece is written in the key of  the next-to-last flat in the key signature.  •If the key signature has sharps, take the note of the last sharp and go up  one note (changing the letter name). If the last sharp is D sharp, the key is  E. If it’s F sharp, the key is G.  •The relative minor of a key is a minor third down from the major. So when  you move three adjacent keys, black or white, to the left — or three frets up  the guitar neck (toward the tuning pegs) — you land on the relative minor.


If the key signature has no sharps or flats, the piece is in C major (or A

minor).

•If the key signature has one flat, the piece is in F major (or D minor).

•If the key signature has more than one flat, the piece is written in the key of

the next-to-last flat in the key signature.

•If the key signature has sharps, take the note of the last sharp and go up

one note (changing the letter name). If the last sharp is D sharp, the key isE. If it’s F sharp, the key is G.

•The relative minor of a key is a minor third down from the major. So when

you move three adjacent keys, black or white, to the left — or three frets up the guitar neck (toward the tuning pegs) — you land on the relative minor.

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