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How Many Flats & Sharps?

Seriously, I can never remember.

Recalling how many sharps and flats there are in each key signature is really hard for me. I have tried to commit the circle of fifths to memory, but it never seems to stick very well. I try to visualize the circle and think about the fifths. I usually get about a quarter of the way around the circle in my head before I forget where I’m at or what number of fifth I’m on. I know I should be better at this, but I’m just not.

So I made the image you see above as a helpful reminder for myself. I’m not sure if this is a new way of looking at it or not, but it sure helps me. Seeing the pattern on a keyboard works better for me for some reason. Maybe it’s the linearity of it? I don’t know. Perhaps you’ll find this helpful too.

Here’s a PDF version for printing purposes → sharps-and-flats.pdf

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