Key Signatures For Music Theory

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Major and Minor key signatures


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  • 1. 

    What's the key signature of G major?

    • A.

      2 sharps

    • B.

      1 sharp

    • C.

      3 flats

    • D.

      3 sharps

    Correct Answer
    B. 1 sharp
    Explanation
    The key signature of G major has 1 sharp. In the key of G major, the note F is sharpened, meaning that it is raised by a half step. This sharp is indicated in the key signature, which is a visual representation of the sharps or flats that are consistently used throughout a piece of music in that particular key. In the case of G major, the only sharp used is F#, and all other notes remain natural.

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  • 2. 

    What's the key signature of B major?

    • A.

      3 flats

    • B.

      3 sharps

    • C.

      4 flats

    • D.

      2 flats

    Correct Answer
    D. 2 flats
    Explanation
    The key signature of B major has 2 flats.

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  • 3. 

    What's the key signature of D major?

    • A.

      2 sharps

    • B.

      5 sharps

    • C.

      1 flat

    • D.

      5 flats

    Correct Answer
    A. 2 sharps
    Explanation
    The key signature of D major has 2 sharps. In music theory, each major key has a specific set of sharps or flats that are indicated in the key signature. The key of D major is comprised of the notes D, E, F#, G, A, B, and C#. The sharps in the key signature are placed on the corresponding notes in the scale, which in this case are F# and C#. Therefore, the correct answer is 2 sharps.

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  • 4. 

    What's the key signature of Db major?

    • A.

      2 flats

    • B.

      2 sharps

    • C.

      5 flats

    • D.

      4 flats

    Correct Answer
    C. 5 flats
    Explanation
    The key signature of Db major has 5 flats. In music theory, the key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff at the beginning of a musical piece to indicate the key of the piece. In the case of Db major, the key signature includes the flats of Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and Gb. These flats affect the corresponding notes throughout the piece, lowering their pitch by a half step.

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  • 5. 

    What's the key signature of C# Major?

    • A.

      No sharps or flats

    • B.

      3 sharps

    • C.

      6 flats

    • D.

      7 sharps

    Correct Answer
    D. 7 sharps
    Explanation
    The key signature of C# Major has 7 sharps. In a major key, the number of sharps or flats in the key signature indicates the pitch of the notes that are altered throughout the piece. In the case of C# Major, all of the notes in the scale are raised by a half step, resulting in a key signature with 7 sharps.

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  • 6. 

    What's the key signature of Cb major?

    • A.

      6 flats

    • B.

      7 flats

    • C.

      6 sharps

    • D.

      7 sharps

    Correct Answer
    B. 7 flats
    Explanation
    The key signature of Cb major has 7 flats. In music theory, the key signature is a set of sharps or flats that appear at the beginning of a musical staff to indicate the key of the piece. Cb major is the enharmonic equivalent of B major, which has 5 sharps. Since each flat cancels out a sharp, the key signature of Cb major has 7 flats.

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  • 7. 

    What's the key signature of Ab major?

    • A.

      4 flats

    • B.

      1 sharp

    • C.

      5 sharps

    • D.

      3 flats

    Correct Answer
    A. 4 flats
    Explanation
    The key signature of Ab major is indicated by 4 flats. In music theory, the key signature is a set of sharps or flats placed at the beginning of a musical staff to indicate the key of the piece. In the case of Ab major, the key signature includes the flats of Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db. These flats affect all corresponding notes throughout the piece, creating a distinct tonal quality associated with Ab major.

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  • 8. 

    What's the key signature of Gb major?

    • A.

      7 sharps

    • B.

      6 flats

    • C.

      2 flats

    • D.

      5 sharps

    Correct Answer
    B. 6 flats
    Explanation
    The key signature of Gb major has 6 flats. In music theory, the key signature indicates which notes are to be consistently played as sharps or flats throughout a piece of music. In the case of Gb major, the key signature includes the flats of Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, and Cb. This means that every occurrence of these notes in the music will be played as flats, creating a distinct tonality and sound for Gb major.

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  • 9. 

    What's the key signature of A major?

    • A.

      2 sharps

    • B.

      4 sharps

    • C.

      5 sharps

    • D.

      3 sharps

    Correct Answer
    D. 3 sharps
    Explanation
    The key signature of A major has 3 sharps. The key signature of a major key indicates the sharps or flats that are consistently used throughout the piece in that key. In the case of A major, the key signature includes the sharps F#, C#, and G#. These sharps are placed at the beginning of each staff line and are used to raise the pitch of the corresponding notes throughout the piece.

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  • 10. 

    What's the key signature of F# major?

    • A.

      4 flat

    • B.

      3 sharps

    • C.

      6 sharps

    • D.

      2 flats

    Correct Answer
    C. 6 sharps
    Explanation
    The key signature of F# major is 6 sharps. In music theory, each major key has a specific set of sharps or flats that are indicated at the beginning of a piece of music. F# major has a key signature with six sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, and E#. These sharps are placed on the corresponding notes throughout the piece, indicating that they should be played one semitone higher than the natural note.

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  • 11. 

    What's the key signature of F major?

    • A.

      1 flat

    • B.

      3 sharps

    • C.

      2 flats

    • D.

      6 flats

    Correct Answer
    A. 1 flat
    Explanation
    The key signature of F major has 1 flat, which is B flat. In the key of F major, all B notes are automatically lowered by a half step, resulting in B flat. This is the only alteration in the key signature of F major, making it the correct answer.

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  • 12. 

    What's the key signature of E major?

    • A.

      4 sharps

    • B.

      2 flats

    • C.

      5 flats

    • D.

      4 flats

    Correct Answer
    A. 4 sharps
    Explanation
    The key signature of E major consists of 4 sharps. In music theory, the key signature is a set of sharps or flats placed at the beginning of a musical staff to indicate the key of the piece. In the case of E major, the key signature includes the notes F#, C#, G#, and D#. These sharps are placed on the corresponding lines or spaces of the staff throughout the piece.

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