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Tune in Key of A, with F#, C#, G#, BUT there are NO "Gs"
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August 21, 2017 - 7:17 pm
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Something has confused me for a while with sheet music.  This doesn't happen that much, but it does happen.

Sometimes, a piece will be in a certain key, but the actual notes in the music are missing one of the flat or sharp notes in the key signature.

If the key signature is A major with F#/C#/G#, then I'm watching out for those special notes, and expect to see them.  Let's say this tune has F#s and C#s, but no Gs anywhere to sharpen.

In this case, why didn't the composer label it as Key of D major instead, since that would have worked too, and been less confusing?

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August 21, 2017 - 7:37 pm
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The vast majority of song the verses and chorus end on the key signature note, as A major it would end on A note where if written in D major it would end on the D so to accomplish that you would start on a different note on a different string to finish on the key signature note.

I believe that's how to explain it someone else maybe better at explaining it.



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August 21, 2017 - 10:57 pm
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@Mark -- I checked a few cases of this happening, and that was it (the ending note matching the key).  Thanks.

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August 22, 2017 - 3:15 am
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Yup - it's very common for songs/tunes to resolve to the tonic - it gives a sense of "completion and resolution" - although this is not always necessary.

Also, if scored in G, the tune could be in aeolian mode (minor) - which would really be E minor, with the tune resolving to its tonic - E

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