Work out the key of a piece of music – sharps

How to work out the key of a piece of music using sharps In music theory exams you may be asked to work out a key from a piece of music with accidentals. In this example, I am going to use sharps. Question: What is the key of the following piece of music? When the … Read more Work out the key of a piece of music – sharps

Work out the key of a piece of music – flats

How to work out the key of a piece of music using flats In music theory exams you may be asked to work out a key from a piece of music with accidentals. In this example, I am going to use flats. Question: What is the key of the following piece of music? When the … Read more Work out the key of a piece of music – flats

Change a major scale to a natural, harmonic and melodic minor scale

How to take a major scale and change it into a natural minor, a harmonic minor or a melodic minor scale – the quick way! Take any major scale. For this first example, I will use C major. (Notice that this method will quickly change a major scale into a minor scale by adding accidentals … Read more Change a major scale to a natural, harmonic and melodic minor scale

How to write A flat harmonic minor scale

How to write A flat harmonic scale with and without a key signature Step 1: Find the relative major of A flat minor by taking the key note A flat and moving up 3 semitones or 3 half steps.  This leads to C flat. The key C flat is a white key on the piano … Read more How to write A flat harmonic minor scale

How to write D sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write D sharp harmonic minor scale with and without a key signature Step 1: Find the relative major of D sharp minor by taking the key note D sharp and moving up 3 semitones or 3 half steps.  This leads to F sharp.  To double check that the relative major scale is F … Read more How to write D sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write G sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write G sharp harmonic minor scale with and without a key signature Step 1: Find the relative major of G sharp minor by taking the key note G sharp and moving up 3 semitones or 3 half steps.  This leads to B.  To double check that the relative major scale is B major, … Read more How to write G sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write F sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write F sharp harmonic minor scale with and without a key signature Step 1: Find the relative major of F sharp minor by taking the key note F sharp and moving up 3 semitones or 3 half steps.  This leads to A.  To double check that the relative major scale is A major, … Read more How to write F sharp harmonic minor scale

How to write E harmonic minor scale

How to write E harmonic scale with and without a key signature Step 1: Find the relative major of E minor by taking the key note E and moving up 3 semitones or 3 half steps.  This leads to G. We now know that the relative major of E minor is G major which has … Read more How to write E harmonic minor scale