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Key Signatures and the Cycle of Fifths and Fourths MEMBER LESSON
Published: 2011-09-05 Updated: 2017-03-27 00:00:00 • 2362

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Key Signatures and the Cycle of Fifths and Fourths

The magical, mysterious, and mystical Cycle of Fifths.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures. Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how things work.

A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than their equivalent natural notes. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation.

Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.

Although a key signature can be written using any combination of sharps and flats, these are the most common major and minor key signatures.

A key signature is not the same as a key; key signatures are merely notational devices. They are convenient mainly for diatonic or tonal music.

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