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Posted By: JohnInKansas
30-Nov-01 - 03:21 PM
Thread Name: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Subject: RE: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Kat

There are several "traditional" explanations, but the one that works is:
Write out all the notes, with appropriate sharps and flats (accidentals).
Change the "key signature" so that as many as possible of the accidentals disappear.

Read the (major) "key" from the key signature.

This isn't a "musically correct" method, and it doesn't take account of "modalities" - even major and minor; but it's a good cut at it in simple minded terms.

John