How do Key Signatures Work in a Piece?

For Key Signatures, say it says sharp in the f column next to the treble staff but it doesn't have any f notes in that column so do you just not play any sharps or what?

Maria's Answer:

Yep that's right!

A piece should always have a key signature (the sharps or flats grouped in the beginning of the staff). But it could happen that a piece like yours, written in G major (or the relative minor E minor), actually have no F's (the note that should be "sharp" if present).

So you may be playing in the key of G major/E minor, but using (in this case) only white keys! :)

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