hey guys,

if there is 3 sharps next to the treble cleff that makes it an a major right? so Im trying to learn this piece of sheet music, would that mean all the A,C and E's will be sharpened?
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One sharp = G.
Two sharps = D.
Three sharps = A.

The first sharp is on Fs, the second is on Cs, and the third is on Gs.
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One sharp = G.
Two sharps = D.
Three sharps = A.

The first sharp is on Fs, the second is on Cs, and the third is on Gs.

so all the F's, C's and G's will be sharpend??
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It doesn't always make it A major. That key signature it could either be A major or F# minor I believe. Regardless of the key yes all f's c's and g's will be sharpened unless otherwise noted
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so all the F's, C's and G's will be sharpened??

yes. The order of sharps is F C G D A E B. If a key has one sharp it's F, two sharps it's F and C, up to seven sharps being F C G D A E and B in that order.

As an FYI, the order of flats is the same thing in reverse: B E A D G C F.

Hope that helps!
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hey guys,

if there is 3 sharps next to the treble cleff that makes it an a major right? so Im trying to learn this piece of sheet music, would that mean all the A,C and E's will be sharpened?

There are two keys with 3 sharps; A major, and F# minor.
The treble clef key signature tells you what notes are sharpened in either one of those keys:
F#, C#, and G#.

So if you see those three notes sharpened, you know the piece is either in A major or F# minor.
So, if you're playing the piece and an F comes along, you know that what you should play is an F#. If there is a natural sign next to it, then you play an F natural, but that natural sign only lasts for the one bar. Then, it's back to treating each F you see as an F sharp. Same goes for C and G.
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hey guys,

if there is 3 sharps next to the treble cleff that makes it an a major right? so Im trying to learn this piece of sheet music, would that mean all the A,C and E's will be sharpened?

Have you studied the Circle of Fifths? Also, it may be worth reviewing your knowledge of the staff, because you've labelled the staff with the wrong notes.

By studying the Co5's, you'll become familiar with the order that the sharps appear:

Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle
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Have you studied the Circle of Fifths? Also, it may be worth reviewing your knowledge of the staff, because you've labelled the staff with the wrong notes.

By studying the Co5's, you'll become familiar with the order that the sharps appear:

Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle

For flats: battle ends and down goes charles father
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