Major Keys
Major scales beginning on different pitches, maintaining the same pattern of whole steps and half steps, will result in sets of accidentals which translate into keys.  The term key is used in music to identify the first degree of a scale.  A key signature is a pattern of sharps or flats that appears at the beginning of a staff and indicates that certain notes are to be consistently raised or lowered.

These key signatures must be learned -- not just the number of accidentals, but their order and placement on the staff as well.

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