Key Signatures

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Key signature has the sharp (#), or flat (b) signs placed at the beginning of the staff to indicate what key the music is played.

The 12 Keys in music are –

C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B


[Formula of major scale is –
Root + WS + WS + HS + WS + WS + WS + HS
WS – Whole Step
HS – Half Step]

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In the key of C, the major scale is –
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
So, there is no sharps or flat in the key of C
[If you look in the diagram below, there are zero sharps or flats on the staff]


In the key of D, the major scale is –
D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
So, there is 2 sharps and zero flat in the key of C
[If you look in the diagram below, there are 2 sharps (F# and C#) with no flats on the staff]

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You can also use the Circle of Fifths to quickly find out how many sharps or flats in a certain key:

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