F C G D A E B

Sharps to the left, and flats to the right. So if we know D has two sharps, then we look at the line here. F# and C# are the sharps in the key of D.

I was reading through the theory lesson on this website, and i cant seem to understand how this works.

how do you arrive at the conclusion that the D major scale as F# and C# in it?

thanks for any help
On the CoF, the notes go C G D as you move clickwise from the top. D is the key with 2 sharps (since is is "two keys" after C). You take your chart and sharpen the first two notes.

As an exercise, please tell me which notes are sharp in B major.

Edit: Prime.
Last edited by bangoodcharlote at Jul 1, 2008,
huh i never knew all that mumbo jumbo, i always just used it when i was writing and got stuck for notes haha
F C G D A would be sharp in B major?

that was using the co5 if my thoery book, for some reason the c05 in the toery column in your signiture has the notes going the opposite way around?
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F C G D A would be sharp in B major?
Yes.

Try it with flat keys. Which notes are flat in Eb major?

Bonus Question: Which notes are flat in G minor?

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that was using the co5 if my thoery book, for some reason the c05 in the toery column in your signiture has the notes going the opposite way around?
The CoF in my sig is backwards and wrong. I'm in the process of fixing it.
Well, according to tetrachords, the next scale (counting from the natural one, aka C major) is G. Now, in Cmaj the distance between F and G is a whole step, yet, for G to be major the distance between F and G has to be half-step (according to WWhWWh), so F is sharpened (can't sharpen G since it is the root of the scale). This happens with all major scales with sharps, the 7th degree is sharpened (in flats the one flattened is the 4th).
Now, using tetrachords again, the next major scale counting from Gmaj is Dmaj (up a fifth), and using the 7th thing, the alteration is the 7th degree, aka C. But, since tetrachords means the last four notes of the G scale remain as the first four of the next one (Dmaj), then the F#also has to be in Dmaj, meaning the alterations in D are C# and F#.
The F C G D A E B method comes from this apparently, because since the scales go up in fifths, and the alterations are done to the 7th degree of each scale, the alterations also go up in fifths, and is more useful to use (along with CoF, which simplifies tetrachords in the chart by just making the scales go up a fifth or down a fifth (or fourth of the previous scale, etc)) than this whole method I used...

I don't know if I explained it correctly, so ask....
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Yes.

Try it with flat keys. Which notes are flat in Eb major?

Bonus Question: Which notes are flat in G minor?

The CoF in my sig is backwards and wrong. I'm in the process of fixing it.

Eb major would be Fb Cb Gb

and G minor would be Fb and Cb? i'm not quite sure with that, i took G minor as the relative minor of Bb major.

you've really been a great help thanks
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i took G minor as the relative minor of Bb major.
This is correct, but I'm afraid the rest is wrong.

The order of flats is B E A D G C F. With this information, please answer the question again.

Also, what are the sharp notes in C# minor?

Edit: Prime (WTF? F and B aren't even next to each other on the keyboard!)
Last edited by bangoodcharlote at Jul 1, 2008,
D is the key with 2 sharps (since is is "two keys" after C)

The order of flats is B E A D G C F.

Fixed
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This is correct, but I'm afraid the rest is wrong.

The order of flats is B E A D G C F. With this information, please answer the question again.

Also, what are the sharp notes in C# minor?

Eb major would be Bb Eb Ab

C# minor =relative minor of E major so it would be F# C# G# and D#

..hopefully

is there another way to work out the minors apart from knowing the major scale it is relative to?
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is there another way to work out the minors apart from knowing the major scale it is relative to?
You could just memorize the notes in the common minor scales. That happens when you play a lot anyway.

You're correct on the key signatures, but where's Gm?
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You could just memorize the notes in the common minor scales. That happens when you play a lot anyway.

You're correct on the key signatures, but where's Gm?

sorry here it is

Bb Eb

thanks for all the help

you should be a moderator
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The CoF in my sig is backwards and wrong. I'm in the process of fixing it.

Isn't it just the circle of 4ths? which would still be CoF...
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Isn't it just the circle of 4ths? which would still be CoF...