Key Signature - Connexions: Sharing Knowledge and Building...

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Key Signature BY: CATHERINE SCHMIDT-JONES Summary: The key signature at the beginning of a musical staff lists the sharps or flats in the key. The key signature comes right after the CLEF (HTTP://CNX.RICE.EDU/CONTENT/M10941/LATEST/) symbol on the STAFF (HTTP://CNX.RICE.EDU/CONTENT/M10880/LATEST/) . It may have either some SHARP (HTTP://CNX.RICE.EDU/CONTENT/M10943/LATEST/) symbols on particular lines or spaces, or some FLAT (HTTP://CNX.RICE.EDU/CONTENT/M10943/LATEST/) symbols, again on particular lines or spaces. If there are no flats or sharps listed after the clef symbol, then the key signature is "all notes are natural". In standard notation, clef and key signature are the only symbols that must appear on every staff. They appear so often because they are such important symbols; they tell you what note belongs on each line and space of the staff. The clef tells you the letter name of the note (A, B, C, etc.), and the key tells you whether the note is sharp, flat or natural. Figure 1
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2011 for the course TED 403 taught by Professor Espisito during the Spring '11 term at CSU Dominguez Hills.

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