We have had lessons about musical key signature and by now you already know the differences between each key signature. You have also learned the different techniques on how to easily memorize the different names and different characteristics of these music key signatures. This time we will teach you how to determine the different major and minor keys associated with each musical key signature.
You must first understand that all major keys have their relative minor keys and this process goes the same for minor keys, they also have their respective relative major keys. Just think about it like the linkage between you and your parents, which is genetics. Since they are interrelated with one another, what is the easiest way to learn their relativity? You can always go back to the musical key signature chart for this and apply what have you learned about the different positions of sharps and flats.
In the key signature, C major and A minor doesn’t have any sharps and flats. C major which is found in the treble clef contains the notes
C, D, E, F, G, A, B while A minor in the bass clef contains the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Notice that they have the same notes, the only difference they have is their root note, which are the C major and A minor respectively.
The trick in finding the relative minor from the major scale is through counting. The relative minor key is always the sixth note from the major key’s order of notes. That’s why in the C major, its relative minor key is A minor. How about if you are finding the relative major key from the minor scale? You just need to count the third note from the minor key’s order of notes. So an A minor’s relative major key is C major.
This principle applies to all major and minor keys so start memorizing the order of notes of every major and minor scale, while taking into consideration the sharps and flats of the musical key signature chart, so that you can enhance your knowledge on the different relativity of major and minor keys.