How to read key signatures

How to read key signatures

Reading music can be a scary task for anyone wanting to learn but like most things in life if you practice slowly and steady it is not hard and very rewarding.

Key signatures are very important when reading music.

What are Key Signatures?

Key signatures help us read the notes we are intended to play by a composer.  The key signature is a grouping of symbols which are either sharps or flats and tells you to play specific notes.  The key signature is always placed after the clef at the beginning of the piece of music.

To better understand how to read key signatures, take another look at the circle of fifths.

Guitar lessons London

 

The diagram above shows the major keys on the outside of the circle and the minor keys on the inside of the circle.

To figure out how many sharps are in each key signature, count clockwise on the Circle of Fifths from C major. The number of sharps in each successive key goes up by one in that key’s key signature. So, if there is one sharp in the key signature, then move one “stop” from C Major, which gets you to G major (or e minor) if there are two sharps in the key signature, move two stops away from C, landing you at D major (or b minor). Therefore, to play a song in the key of B major — five stops away from C major on the circle — you know there will be five sharps in that key.guitar lessons

 

The sharps are arranged on the key signature going “up.”
Therefore, to play a song in the key of B major — five stops away from C major on the circle of fifths — you know there will be five sharps in that key. Sharps appear in a specific order as you go around the Circle clockwise: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, and B#
Use this brilliant rhyme to help you remember the order FATHER CHARLES GOES DOWN AND ENDS BATTLE.  For the flats you just reverse this rhyme BATTLE ENDS AND DOWN GOES CHARLES FATHER.For major scales that have flats, you go counter-clockwise around the circle of fifths. The flats appear in a specific order in every key as you go around the circle counter-clockwise: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, and Fb.  Therefore, if the key signature shows one flat (Bb), you would move counter-clockwise one stop away from C major, landing you at F major (or d minor). 

So we hope this helps clear things up a bit.

see you next time

guitar lessons in Central London Guitar courses in London Guitar Lessons

guitar lessons in Central London Guitar courses in London Guitar Lessons 

guitar lessons in Central London Guitar courses in London Guitar Lessons

guitar lessons in Central London Guitar courses in London Guitar Lessons

London Guitar School Learn Quicker and Have Fun

ACOUSTIC GUITAR LESSON, ALTERNATE PICKING, ARPEGGIO, CHORDS POP, CLASSICAL GUITAR LESSON, CLASSICAL MUSIC, ELECTRIC GUITAR LESSON, FINGERSTYLE, FOLK SONGS, GUITAR COURSES IN LONDON, GUITAR LESSON FOR KIDS, GUITAR LESSONS, GUITAR LESSONS CENTRAL LONDON, LEGATO TECHNIQUE, PALM MUTING, PLUCKED TECHNIQUE, ROCK, ROCK SCHOOL GUITAR EXAMS, SIGHT READING, STRUMMING, TECHNIQUE, TRINITY COLLEGE GUITAR EXAMS

ACOUSTIC GUITAR LESSON, ALTERNATE PICKING, ARPEGGIO, CHORDS POP, CLASSICAL GUITAR LESSON, CLASSICAL MUSIC, ELECTRIC GUITAR LESSON, FINGERSTYLE, FOLK SONGS, GUITAR COURSES IN LONDON, GUITAR LESSON FOR KIDS, GUITAR LESSONS, GUITAR LESSONS CENTRAL LONDON, LEGATO TECHNIQUE, PALM MUTING, PLUCKED TECHNIQUE, ROCK, ROCK SCHOOL GUITAR EXAMS, SIGHT READING, STRUMMING, TECHNIQUE, TRINITY COLLEGE GUITAR EXAMS

 

- Electric Guitar Lesson - Acoustic Guitar Lesson - Classical Guitar Lesson - Trinity College Guitar Exams - Rock School Guitar Exams - Guitar Lesson for Kids  - Strumming ,Chords Pop, Rock, Folk Songs ,Fingerstyle, Technique ,Alternate Picking ,Sight Reading ,Arpeggio ,Classical Music ,Plucked Technique ,Palm Muting ,Legato Technique

London Guitar School teachers favourite albums

London Guitar School teachers favorite albums

Something a little different and fun today.  Lets look at what albums have captured your teachers hearts and inspired their playing and why.  Today we will start with myself.

Teachers

I have always loved music and originally got into Nu Metal because of the heavy guitars at the forefront of the music.  Thefirst album I ever bought was,

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

Linkin Park London Guitar School

www.linkinpark.com

One of the best selling Rock/metal albums of all time, Hybrid Theory thrust Linkin Park into the forefront of the Nu Metal scene.  I personally found all the songs catchy in one way or another and loved the element of the electronics mixed in with everything.

Listen to – “One step closer” and “In the end”

Alter Bridge – One Day Remains

Alter Bridge One Day Remains

www.alterbridge.com

Released in 2004, this is such an underrated album.  The band members were all in the band Creed before but have been joined by new singer Myles Kennedy.  Myles Kennedy is now on tour with Slash from Guns n Roses which goes to show the extent of his talent.  What I love about this album id the riffs, hooks and big choruses.

Listen to – “Metalingus” and “In loving memory”

Foy Vance – Joy of nothing

Foy Vance Joy of nothing

www.foyvance.com

I might be a bit biased on this one seeing as we are both Irish but again this is another criminally underrated record filled with amazing songs and lyrics.  The song Guiding Light features Ed Sheeran.  Its a great album to chill out to with a glass of wine and make sure to enjoy Foy’s alternative tunings.