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Key Signatures

  • Order of sharps is:  FCGDAEB and the order of sharp keys is G,D,A,E,B,C#, F#
  • Order of flats is:  BEADGCF and the order of flat keys is F,Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb

Key Signatures

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:09
  • Keys of G and D 0:16
    • Writing and Listening to G Major on the Grand Staff
    • Writing and Listening to D Major on the Grand Staff
  • Keys of A and E 3:24
    • Writing A Major on the Staff
    • Writing E Major on the Staff
    • Listening to A and E Majors
  • Keys of B and F# 6:04
    • Writing B Major on the Staff
    • Writing F# Major on the Staff
    • Listening to B and F# Majors
  • Key of C# 8:47
    • Writing C# Major on the Staff
    • Listening to C# Major
  • Keys of F and B Flat 10:34
    • Writing F Major on the Staff
    • Writing B Flat Major on the Staff
    • Listening to F and B Flat Majors
  • Keys of E Flat and A Flat 12:33
    • Writing E Flat Major on the Staff
    • Writing A Flat Major on the Staff
    • Listening to E Flat and A Flat Majors
  • Keys of D Flat and G Flat 16:12
    • Writing D Flat Major on the Staff
    • Writing G Flat Major on the Staff
    • Listening to D Flat and G Flat Majors
  • Key of C Flat 18:58
    • Writing C Flat Major on the Staff
    • Listening to C Flat Major
  • Example 1: Order of Sharps 20:30
    • Phrase for Sharps Backwards: Bead, G, C, F
  • Example 2: Order of Flats 21:39
    • Order of Flats is the Order of Sharps Backwards
  • Example 3: Identify Keys of G and D 22:17
  • Example 4: Identify Keys of A and E 23:55
  • Example 5: Identify Keys of B, F# and C# 25:48
  • Example 6: Identify Keys of F, B Flat and E Flat 27:56
  • Example 7: Identify Keys of A Flat, D Flat and G Flat 29:58
  • Example 8: Identify Key of C Flat 31:33