Help with determining the key signature of a new song that I am writing?



Asked by: Jeremy Manson

How do you find the key of a song you wrote?





The easiest way to figure out the key of a song is by using its key signature. The number of sharps/flats in the key signature tell you the key of the song. A key signature with no sharps or flats is the key of C (or A minor).

How do you tell what key a song is in without key signature?

The easiest way to find the key of a song is to look at the key signature included on the song’s sheet music. If the sheet music doesn’t include a key signature, you will either have to analyze the chords or notes used in the song to figure out the key.

How do you determine the key signature of a song by ear?

Case yeah pretty good so you just take the main pattern of the pentatonic. Scale. Right you don't have to play the whole thing you just need the first three or four strings.

What indicates the key of a song?

A key signature is a visual symbol, printed on a musical staff, that indicates what key a section of music is written in. Key signatures are represented by using accidentals—better known as sharps and flats. The number of sharps or flats indicated in the key signature will tell the player what key the music is in.

How do you know what scale a song is listening to?





Look at the notes used in the song and try to identify the major or minor scale notes.

  1. The major and minor scales use the same notes, but they start in a different place. If you can see pieces of these scales in the song, you’ll be able to identify the scale.
  2. You can also look at the first and last notes of the song.


How do I choose a key signature?

Here are four tips that will help you determine the best key for your song.

  1. Find Your Vocal Range. Every singer has a vocal range of high and low notes they can comfortably sing. …
  2. Knowing Your Vocal Sweet Spot/Power Note. …
  3. Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers. …
  4. Instrument Playability and Ease of Performance.