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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 12, Song 1

The Key is Key

The Key is Key

Key signatures are very important. Always be sure to check your key signature before you begin playing your piece of music. The picture above shows a very different kind of key -- the Florida Keys, which are a group of over one thousand islands that lie south of Miami. The Keys are filled with wildlife and a very diverse group of plants, animals, and fish.

The Key is Key introduces the key signature for G major. Make sure that you play F sharp every time you see an F in this piece.

Helpful Suggestions

Sound: This piece has a range of low G to open G. You can find the fingerings here. The piece is marked piano so play it softly. Try to play it as beautifully as you can, and think of the Keys pictured above. Check your key signature to play the correct notes.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Rhythm: Your time signature is three-four time, which means that there are three beats in a measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat. Playing along with MetronomeBot's talking metronome in triple meter will help you maintain a steady tempo.
The note values in this piece consist of quarter notes, half notes, and dotted half notes.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Three

Melody: This piece consists of 4, four-measure phrases. The first and third phrases are slurred from beginning to end. The second and fourth phrases have a combination of slurs and tongued notes.

Harmony: This song is in the key of G major. It has F sharp in the key signature. Be sure to play F sharp every time you see the note F. For example, the second note of the piece will be F sharp. See if you can find all of the F sharps in this piece (there are three).


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