Hey im playing a song that has 4 flats. I know that there is a way that you can change them into sharps and have it sound the same. Does anyone know how that's done? My flats are A, E, B, and D.
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Having B E A and D flats puts the key in Ab major. If you keep exactly the same dots on the same lines and spaces, but put a key sig. of 3 sharps - F# C# and G#, the new key will be A major, only one semitone higher than original. It will sound nearly the same, just a little higher. I hope that's what you mean, as changing flats to sharps any other way will involve a whole lot more work!
Works the opposite way with E and Eb - E with 4#, and Eb with 3b. I've been caught out with that, playing in the wrong key, by just imagining the wrong key sig..!
You could remove the key signature, indicate all the 'black notes' with accidentals, and write G# instead of Ab, A# instead of Bb etc. It would be much harder to read though.
Your piece is in a very specific key, i.e. Ab Major. If you can get yourself a basic theory book, you'll learn how and why the keys we all play in are the way they are. you are far better off learning all the keys (scales) and being able to play them rather than hand-reclassifying notes just for yourself (nobody else will stand for it!)
Besides that, were you to start replacing all your Eb with D#, you'd rapidly find your self notating a pile of D-naturals since you now have a conflict in notation. Your music will become almost unreadable.
Note to the pedants: yes I'm well aware of Bartok's diversionary key sigs as well as 12-tone music. That's not the issue here.