What are all the key signatures and how many sharps or flats are in them? Example: G# is one sharp. I don't know the others. Please help!
The first key is the key of C - no sharps and no flats.
Second is the key of G - one sharp - F
Third is the key of D - two sharps - D and F
Fourth is the key of A -three sharps - C, F, and G
Fifth is the key of E - four sharps - C, D, F, and G
Sixth is the key of B - five sharps - A, C, D, F, and G
Seventh is the key of F - six sharps, - A, C, D, E, F, and G
Eighth is the key of C - seven sharps - A, B, C, D, E, F, and G
Next come the flats:
First is the key of C - no sharps, no flats
Second is the key of F - one flat - B
Third is the key of B flat - two flats - B and E
Fourth is the key of E flat - three flats - A, B, and E
Fifth is the key of A flat - four flats - A, B, D, and E
Sixth is the key of D flat - five flats - G, A, B, D, and E
Seventh is the key of G flat -six flats - G, A, B, C, D, and E
Eighth is the key of C flat-seven flats- A, B, C, D, E, F, and G
Those are all the major keys. Notice the pattern of whole-steps and half-steps for each major key. The pattern is the same for each key.
Let me help you by giving you a visual diagram:
This simple and easy to read chart can be found at http://www.guitarbuzz.com/page27/files/circle-of-5ths.png
You can easily memorize this chart: It starts on the top with C and goes clockwise by fourths. BEADG on the right side is natural, then on the 9-oclock side they are all flats. Only one sharp on the bottom is F#. Easy breazy!
Good luck :-)
One flat is Bb, key being F you just have to remember that. All other keys are the flat before. exp. 2 BE- key Bb
1. B-key/ F, 2. BE-key Bb, 3. BEA-key Eb, 4. BEAD-key Ab, 5. BEADG-key Db
The key is the line or space above the last shape#
1. F#-key G, 2. F#C#-Key D, 3. F#C#G#-key A, 4.F#C#G#D#-key E, 5. F#C#G#D#A#-key B