Key Signatures

no sharps = C or Am

1 sharp = G or Em

2 sharps = D or Bm

3 sharps = A or F#m

4 sharps = E or C#m

5 sharps = B or G#m

sharps = F# or D#m

sharps = C# or A#m

no flats = C or Am

flat = F or Dm

flats = Bb or Gm

flats = Eb or Cm

flats = Ab or Fm

flats = Db or Bbm

flats = Gb or Ebm

flats = Cb or Abm

  • When a note is “sharp” that means it is too high. When a note is “flat” that means it is too low (like a flat tire).
  • Major keys are represented by just the letter. Example “C” is for “C major.” Minor keys are represented by the letter and a small “m” beside them. Example “Am” is for “A minor.”