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Key signatures

Key signatures show the key in which the music has been written. They are placed at the beginning of the stave [Stave: A set of five horizontal lines used to visually represent musical notation. Also known as a staff. ].

Key signature descriptions

Key signatureDescription

The key of C has no sharps or flats.

The key of G has one sharp (F#).

The key of D Major has two sharps (F# and C#).

The key of A has 3 sharps (F#, C# and G#).

The key of E has 4 sharps (F#, C#, G# and D#).

The key of F has one flat (Bb).

The key of Bb has 2 flats (Bb and Eb).

The key of Eb has 3 flats (Bb, Eb and Ab).

The key of Ab has 4 flats (Bb, Eb, Ab and Db).

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