Re: Key sign language (minimal harp)
- Subject: Re: Key sign language (minimal harp)
- From: Pat Missin <pat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:02:26 -0400
>I went home thinking about what exactly he meant though. Now I think I know.
>Yesterday I was hanging out with a good friend and we talked about it, and
>then it hit me! What I THINK he meant was the NUMBER OF SHARPS OR FLATS IN EACH
>KEY can represent the key itself. That number is unique to each key, right? The
>number of sharps or flats increase by 1 each time you move forward or
>backwards respecfully from C in the circle of 5ths. C has no sharps or flats so it's
>represented by a neutral fist. One finger up = 1 sharp: key of G. Two fingers
>up = 2 sharps: key of D. One finger down = one flat: key of F. Two fingers
>down = 2 flats: key of Bb......and so on.
>Is this right? It seems to make sense. Has anyone else out there used this
>method of communicating keys on stage? I feel like I learned something new. New
>to me anyway.
This is quite common in the UK jazz scene, although it is very easy to
confuse the signal for D major/B minor with a suggestion that you
should leave the stage...
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