Asked • 03/19/19

How to differentiate between relative keys?

So I'm learning that C major and A minor scales have the same notes. Then, if I look at, say, 10 consecutive single notes, how do I tell if they're in C or Am? It's easier when you see a chord, since you can count the semitones between the notes and deduce if it's major or minor (not sure if what I'm saying is technically correct), but when you see consecutive single notes, how do you differentiate between the major key and the relative minor key? If you play the scale from root note to root note, you can differentiate, but if you play some sequence, is there any pattern to look for that tells you it's C or Am?

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David W. answered • 03/19/19

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Franklin D. answered • 10/07/20

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