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In music, the relative minor of a particular major key (or the relative major of a minor key) is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic, as opposed to parallel minor or major, respectively. For example, G major and E minor both have a single sharp in their key signature at F; so we say that E minor is the relative minor of G major. The relative minor of a major key always has a tonic a minor third lower. For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see key. ... Kinship is a biological and/or familial relationship between two organisms. ... This key signature – A major or F# minor – consists of three sharps placed after the clef In musical notation, a key signature is a series of sharp symbols or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating notes that are to be consistently played one semitone higher or lower than the... The tonic is the first note of a musical scale, and in the tonal method of music composition it is extremely important. ... In music, the parallel minor or tonic minor of a particular major key is the minor key with the same tonic; similarly the parallel major has the same tonic as the minor key. ... A minor third is the smaller of two commonly occurring musical intervals compounded of two steps of the diatonic scale. ...


A complete list of relative minor/major pairs in order of the circle of fifths is: In music theory, the circle of fifths (or cycle of fifths) is an imaginary geometrical space that depicts relationships among the 12 equal-tempered pitch classes comprising the familiar chromatic scale. ...

Key signature Major key Minor key
B, E, A, D, G, C, F C flat major A flat minor
B, E, A, D, G, C G flat major E flat minor
B, E, A, D, G D flat major B flat minor
B, E, A, D A flat major F minor
B, E, A E flat major C minor
B, E B flat major G minor
B F major D minor
C major A minor
F G major E minor
F, C D major B minor
F, C, G A major F sharp minor
F, C, G, D E major C sharp minor
F, C, G, D, A B major G sharp minor
F, C, G, D, A, E F sharp major D sharp minor
F, C, G, D, A, E, B C sharp major A sharp minor

Together with moves to the dominant (fifth scale degree) or sub-dominant (fourth scale degree), modulations to the relative minor or major are the most common in tonal music In music, modulation is most commonly the act or process of changing from one key (tonic, or tonal center) to another. ... Tonality is a system of writing music according to certain hierarchical pitch relationships around a key center or tonic. ...


Finding the relative major or minor

To find the relative minor of a particular key go down a minor third (or 3 half steps) from the tonic of the major key. Example: If your major key is C major, going down a minor third from the note C will land you on note A. So, A minor is the relative minor of C major. Or instead of going down a minor third you can go up a sixth, or say it is the sixth note in the Major scale


To find the relative major of a particular key go up a minor third (or 3 half steps) from the tonic of the minor key. Example: If your minor key is E minor, going up a minor third from the note E will land you on note G. So, G major is the relative major of E minor.


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Key cutting machine with a code selectable key duplicating system - Patent 5271698 (17663 words)
A key cutter 990 is similarly laterally and longitudinally displaceable and is either mechanically or electronically interconnected with key follower 988 as indicated by dotted interconnect line 992 to enable key cutter 990 to reproduce the traced contour of the master key shank, shoulder and bit notch pattern onto key blank 936.
Key cutter 990 is laterally displaced to engage the shank 938 of key blank 936 at the longitudinal index position 994 to thereby define a lateral reference distance designated by reference line 1002 which extends between the upper surface of key shank 938 and first axis 956.
Key cutter 990 is simultaneously displaced relative to key blank 938 in an identical manner to that of key follower 988 to reproduce the traced contour of the master shank shoulder and bit notch pattern on the key blank.
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