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    RockinRobin
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    “I Want To Know What Love Is” has 3 sharps as Key of A has 3 sharps. On the sheet music I have with lyrics it’s called F# Minor and it has 3 sharps. Johnny, tell me about this
    William

    #107568
    john
    Keymaster

    every key has a relative major/minor which has the same number of sharps/flats.
    a key signature that shows 3 sharps can be in either A major or F# minor.
    you’re confusing this song to be in the minor key of F# minor, it isn’t. It’s in A major. Tenor key is what I’m referring to.

    #107569
    RockinRobin
    Participant

    Thanks Johnny for the info
    William

    #107572
    john
    Keymaster

    a few ways to tell a minor key apart from a major is when you look at the score go directly to the last bar. more often than not it will end on the one. in this music it’s an A so there’s your first clue.

    the other thing we can do is check for four chords and five chords throughout because every song will have these chords.

    so in the key of A major we will see some D chords and some E chords.
    if the song was in F# minor we would see some C# chords and some D# chords

    now with this information take a long look at the score and you’ll see what I mean.

    #107575
    RockinRobin
    Participant

    Thanks again Johnny for the info, I now remember you going over that before. Good info to keep on hand
    William

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