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Thread: Keys

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    Sep 2002
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    A pretty simple question really, how do I work out what key and what scale a song is using? Is it basically the chord that song seems to resolve to or is it a little more complicated than that?

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    i Breathe ... Admin Guni's Avatar
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    Mar 2002
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    Hi Gareth,

    Well, as a general rule ya might look at the first chord of a tune (if it's a Rock / Pop song). Most of the time this is the key you are in. Of course this is a generalisation but most of the time this will work ..........

    You can go further and look at all the chords to see which overall key they fit.

    Say, C Am F G = I VIm IV V in the key of C.

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    The Next big thing the1andonly's Avatar
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    Nov 2002
    take all the notes in the song. arrange them in order. when it comes to sharps and flats, name them so that no chord letter is repeated (if you have C and C# for example, call it C and Db) you have 7 notes. if you got more, the song either has modal interchange or a key change.

    if you have 7 notes, then you can determine the key:
    no sharps or flats: C major/A minor
    1 sharp : G major/ E minor
    2 sharps: D major/ B minor
    3 Sharps: A major / F# minor
    4 sharps E major / C# minor
    5 sharps: B Major /G# minor
    6 sharps/6 flats: F#/Gb Major / D#/Eb Minor
    1 flat: F major / D minor
    2 flats: Bb Major / G minor
    3 flats: Eb major / C minor
    4 flats: Ab Major /F Minor
    5 flats: Db Major/ Bb minor

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    Sep 2002
    Maryland USA
    also look at the last chord or note in the peice that can give you a good idea sometimes also especially if the first is the same as the last there's good chance then too.

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