 # Relative key facts for kids

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When a piece of music is in a major key, the relative minor means the minor key which has the same key signature. It can be found by taking the sixth note of the first scale and playing a minor scale starting on that note. For example: in C major the sixth note is an A. Therefore, A minor is the relative minor of C major (C major and A minor share the same key signature: no sharps or flats). C major is called the relative major of A minor.

A complete list of relative minor/major pairs in order of the circle of fifths is:

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

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