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Old 09-24-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Angry What key is this?

So the song has 4 sharps but they are GACD and everything else is natural... I feel like this is a stupid question but I can't figure this out
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Think of them as flats rather than sharps: Ab, Bb, Db, Eb

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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Those are actually flats from the notes above them.

derek8520 is correct about the key being Ab.

So those notes would be named: Ab, Bb, Eb, Db

The key of G# major would be the enharmonic equivalent of Ab. Composers avoid that key signature, as it contains a double sharp. (All notes are sharp in the key, and the F is a double sharp...( F##). The 4 flats of Ab are simply easier to write.

I'm told the only time G# is written, is for use with instruments that require key transposition.

G# would be G#, A#, B# ( actually C), C#, D#, E# (actually F), F## (actually G), G#

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #5
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you're in F minor (Ab major).
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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This. It's hard to conclusively say that a song is in any specific key based on just four notes. A key signature is not just labeling what sharps/flats are used in a song. It describes what sharps/flats are diatonic to the key. Based on the information you gave us, we are inclined to say Ab major, but it could just as easily be in F minor. Then again, it could also be in Db major or Eb major, just with accidentals. It's hard to say without context.
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