Putting It Together In D

You Are My Sunshine

key of D

You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell
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You may have noticed that under the song title the words "key of D".
The key is a group of chords that belong together. The three main chords in the key of D are; D, G& A.

A Note About Notes

There are twelve notes but only seven are usually used in each key.

All the notes are A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G and G#.

The # indicates a sharp. A# is called, A sharp. Notice that between B and C there is no sharp. Between E and F there is no sharp either. I don't know why, there just isn't. Okay! (On a piano the black keys are the sharp notes. Next time you see a piano have a look, there are no black keys between B and C or E and F.)

  • The notes of the key of G are A, B, C, D, E, F# and G (Notice one sharp)
  • The notes of the key of D are A, B, C#, D, E, F# and G (Notice two sharps)

Keys are the key

If the key is out of your range, (if you have to sing too low or too high) you may want to change keys. So far you have only learned two keys. G and D. Here is a short cut, to keep you going until you learn more keys. Learn about the capo.


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