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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Understanding Keys

You can acquire this knowledge and ability in stages. The first stage is to get to know the scale itself. Starting with the white keys of C major and A minor is easier in this respect because they use the white keys of the keyboard. So you avoid the complexities of sharps and flats, which use the black keys.

Knowing the keys of C major and A minor offers a firm foundation for the study of other keys. Thankfully, the key system is a fairly simple one. This is because the scale from which the notes of a key are selected only has 12 notes—the chromatic scale as defined by the black and white keys on the keyboard or the frets on a guitar. Because the chromatic scale only has 12 notes, this means that, practically speaking, there ...

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