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Music related tips, mnemonics and information

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One of our visitors asked the following
question and I am pleased to say someone provided the answer –

“Where can I find a wheel I can turn to
find the different keys, how many and what are the sharps or flats in each key, different
chords and their make up etc. What are the sharps and the flats in order of the keys. 1
flat, 2 flats, etc.,”

Apparently this is called a “Chord Dial” and these
can be found on www.musicdials.com.

  Thanks to
Janet Drone for answering this one – she was the only person who responded


USEFUL TIP (sent in by
Gerry Jones – Musician)

One of the most useful musical
mnemonic I have ever come across;

Charles  Goes 
Down  And 
Ends Battle

or even in reverse.

Ends, And 
Goes  Charles’ 


This can give you all sorts of
information, such as –

  • the Sharps of a key, in
    their right order.  

  • Or the flats, in reverse


  • the dominant and subdominant
    of every key.


  • the basic pattern for the
    left-hand buttons of a piano accordion.


Other music related pages which
you may find useful and, hopefully, interesting:-

explanation of musical notation

Musical Mnemonics and
Naming the Scale

Terms used in music and
their meanings