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The ultimate guide to scales and keys: Playing on step 3
You may know that music theory divides keys in major and minor. Major is happy, and minor is sad, or at least so the stereotype goes. Furthermore, these keys come in pairs: for each minor key there is a major key that shares many notes with it. That is called the `relative major' key, and if you're looking at the major key, the other one is called its `relative minor. In the case of A minor, the relative major is C.

What does that have to do with you? Well, if you have a flute in A minor, it means you can probably play along with tunes in C major. Just look at the figure: your C, E, and G notes are part of the C chord, the D is a passing note, and the A gives a jazzy flavour.
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