14 questions linked to/from When is a piece in A minor versus C major?
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### How to differentiate between relative keys [duplicate]

So I'm learning that C major and A minor scales have the same notes. Then, if I look at, say, 10 consecutive single notes, how do I tell if they're in C or Am? It's easier when you see a chord, ...
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### Major or Minor, which modes are you in? [duplicate]

How do you know if a piece is in a major key or its corresponding minor? As far as I can tell, the key signature is the same. Maybe it doesn't matter as they are the same, just starting 3 half steps ...
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### How do I know if I'm in a Major key or its Relative Minor? [duplicate]

For example, if I compose a chord progression F-G-C-Am. Can I Assume C as the Key? How do I know I'm not in A minor? I've seen songs analysis that says a song is in determined key even when the root ...
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### How differentiate a song between major and relative minor scale (E.g differentiate B major from G# minor)? [duplicate]

Since the major scales and their relative minor uses the same key signature, how differentiate a major song from minor? Below is a screenshot of a sample from musescore (the key signature is used for ...
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### Is this chord progression in A minor, or C major? [duplicate]

I got in an argument with a buddy of mine over whether the chord progression I had written was in C Major, or A Minor. I've read up on what makes it one or the other, and I strongly feel it is C Major....
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### Is the difference between key and scales just unordered vs. ordered pitches? [duplicate]

Hi guys I was trying to understand the relationship between keys and scales, from what I understood starting from the basic pitch: A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# if we start from one and take WWHWWWH we ...
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### What allows us to distinguish a sequence in C major vs A minor? [duplicate]

I understand the difference between the A minor and C major scale. They both incorporate the same notes but begin on different frequencies. Yet, given a sequence of notes from the set {C,D,E,F,G,A,B} ,...
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### What is the audible difference between a song written in A Natural Minor scale and a C Major scale? [duplicate]

I started taking music classes to try to learn some theory. I learnt there's something called a major scale. But today, Youtube recommended a video called Minor Scales, so I clicked on it. The video ...
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### What indicates this passage as B flat minor and not D flat major?

From an exercise to identify the key of this passage, I thought it was D flat major, given the first note, but the answer is B flat minor. What in the passage indicates it as B flat minor?
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### Finding key of a song with accidentals

I have a very basic understanding of keys / scales and am a keyboard hobbyist. Every now and then I try to find the notes of a song by ear. The problem I sometimes face is with identifying key/scale ...
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### Do the notes in a scale have to be played in order?

Beginner here, it seems like a scale just defines a particular set of notes that don't have to be played in any order to me. But if you look at A minor pentatonic scale you have A, C, D, E, G, yet ...
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### D major with no C tone

I just played the melody of the famous German Epiphany song "Stern über Bethlehem" and thought it was g major. When I googled the melody, I saw it written in d major. I was confused but then ...
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### Can you hear the difference between relative keys?

When I search the key of a song on Google, I always get 2 keys which have a relative relationship. For example, when I search the key of the song Emotions by Mariah Carey, I get C major and A minor. ...
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