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Complete Table of the Keynotes
Breakdown of the Musical Scales By Note-Name
By Brandy Kraemer, About.com Guide

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How Key Signatures Are Named

Most notes of the staff name both major and minor key signatures, but some are only seen as one or the other. A few keynotes don’t name any working key signature, and their scales are considered rare or theoretical.

Consult the following table of keynotes to see how a note relates to specific major and minor scales, and strengthen your understanding of the diatonic scale:

Keynote Associated Key Signature Enharmonic
Note Appears in the Following Major Scales
A♭ A♭ Maj A♭ min G♯ -- E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭
A A Maj A min G♯♯ / B♭♭ C G, D, A, E F, B♭
A X A♯ min B B, F♯, C --
B♭ B♭ Maj B♭ min A♯ -- F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭
B B Maj B min C / A♯♯ C G, D, A, E, B, F --
B X Theoretical Scale C / D♭♭ C --
C♭ C♭ Maj X B / A♯♯ -- G♭, C♭
C C Maj C min B♯ / D♭♭ C G F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭
C C♯ Maj C♯ min D D, A, E, B, F♯, C --
D♭ D♭ Maj X C♯ -- A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭
D D Maj D min C♯♯ / E♭♭ C G, D, A F, B♭, E♭
D X D♯ min E E, B, F♯, C --
E♭ E♭ Maj E♭ min D♯ -- B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭
E E Maj E min D♯♯ / F C G, D, A, E, B F
E X Theoretical Scale F / G♭♭ F♯, C --
F♭ X Theoretical Scale E / D♯♯ -- C♭
F F Maj F min E♯ / G♭♭ C          -- F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭
F F♯ Maj F♯ min G G, D, A, E, B, F♯, C --
G♭ G♭ Maj X F♯ -- D♭, G♭, C♭
G G Maj G min F♯♯ / A♭♭ C G, D F, B♭, E♭, A♭
G X G♯ min A A, E, B, F♯, C --

More on Musical Keys:

  ► Key Signature Basics
  ► Table of the 15 Key Signatures
  ► Take the Key Signature Quiz!
  ► The Circle of Fifths (by Espie Estrella, Musiced.about.com)

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