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Definition: A key in music is:
  1. A group of notes upon which scale is based; the specific pattern of notes that governs a song.

    A key is identified by its key signature, which shows the number of sharps or flats in its scale. A key is named after its keynote; F major’s keynote is F, C# minor’s keynote is C#, and so on.

    See relative keys.


  2. The black and white levers on a piano that initiate sound are called piano keys, and make up the piano “keyboard” or “manual.”

Also Known As:

1.  tonalità (It); tonalité (Fr); Tonart (Ger)

2.  tasto (It); touche (Fr); Taste (Ger)


Pronunciation: keee


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