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#1574336 12/10/10 09:51 PM
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Hi,

I was listening to some songs the other day and I really wanted to ask (might seem like a very amateur question) what does it mean when a song is tilted, lets say, Prologue in C.Sharp? Or something else in D minor or B flat? Does that mean the song is focused or arranged around those notes?

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Hi!

Yes. C Sharp, D minor, and B flat are all different keys that music is written in. If you look at the left side of the page, there will be a group of #### signs ~ those are "sharps." Flats look like bbbbbbb's.

"Hallelujah" from Handel's "Messiah" is in D Major, so there are 2 sharps in the key signature. The 1st note of the melody (soprano part in this case) is a "D."

The 1st Prelude and Fugue from Bach's "Well-tempered Klavier" are in C Major. C Major has no sharps or flats. The first note of this piece is a "C."

Hope that makes sense! It might be easier to tell what's going on if you look at different pieces of printed music.

Good luck!

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Those are not songs at all, I bet. Songs have words and lyrics and people sing them, that is why they are called songs. If there are no lyrics, it isn't a song.

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read here for what a key is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_(music)

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Those are not songs at all, I bet. Songs have words and lyrics and people sing them, that is why they are called songs. If there are no lyrics, it isn't a song.


Yeah, I guess not. What would it be then? (Im still trying to familiarize myself with all the correct terms.) smile

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Those are not songs at all, I bet. Songs have words and lyrics and people sing them, that is why they are called songs. If there are no lyrics, it isn't a song.


Yeah, I guess not. What would it be then? (Im still trying to familiarize myself with all the correct terms.) smile


a melody maybe? a melody would kind of be a song without words or just something you hum to yourself.


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