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The key of a hymn is determined by the number of sharps and flats of that hymn.
- Major keys should use a capital letter and minor keys should use a lowercase letter.
- Spell out the words "Flat" and "Sharp" rather than abbreviating with "#" and "b".
- Examples include "B Flat Major" and "c sharp minor"
- If the hymn is in two keys, insert a new row and put the second key on this second row.
- Modes should be written with a lower case letter. Some examples include:
- "d dorian" (example: "Now the Green Blade Riseth" in the Oxford Book of Carols)
- "e phrygian" (example: Luther's Psalm 130)