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" Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!"


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- Week 23 -


Chord Progressions Part Four

"How To Tell What Key You Are In

When You Have Sharps (#) In The Key Signature!"




      If you're going to be able to know what chord progressions are likely in each key, you obviously need to know how to find the key of a song quickly -- correct?

     Here's how to instantly find what key you are in when there are sharps in the key signature of a song:

     You know that the flats in any key signature always occur in the same order - BEADGCF.

     Sharps also occur in the same order -- except that order is BACKWARDS from the order of the flats. Instead of BEADGCF, the order of the sharps is:

F    C    G    D    A    E    B


     They always occur in that order in a key signature. You can memorize them by saying the flats backward, or make up a silly saying of some kind such as Fat Cats Go Down Alleys Eating Bologna.

     All you do to find the key is:

Go up 1/2 step from the last sharp = that IS the key


     And you  already know that if you have no flats or sharps in the key signature, you are in the key of C major (or A minor -- but we'll take that option up later).

     Get this down cold -- so you immediately know what key you're in when you have sharps in the key signature of a song. Why? Because once you know  what key you are in, you also know  which 3 chords are the most likely -- right?

     Now that you know how to find the key of a song, it's time to get into chord progressions proper. Tune in same time, same station, next week, when we'll take up our first chord progressions named " Oh Duh!"

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