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Author Charles Schoonmaker
Posted 10/31/07; 2:04:15 PM
Topic Key of a song explained
Msg# 5358 (in response to 5357)
Prev/Next 5357/5359
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   Yikes !!!  My head is still aching from trying to glean usable info from this one.. You know I love ya Dave, but I think you've topped yerself this time .. so please let me suggest a simpler way of determining the Key of a tune.. (as taught to me by a number of trained professional musicians. ).  

  Simply play a tune through to it's logical tonic finish and look at the root of the chord you end-up on ..perhaps 99 % of the time, that note defines the key you have been playing in.  Many tunes begin with one apparent root and end in another, Jerome Kern's beautifully composed " All the Things You Are " is an excellent example.. Trust me,  if you begin this one in a C#m, you'll end up in an E which is the actual key base relevant to the initial C#m.. Just remember, where you wind up is probably where you've actually been all along.. and if Dave is truly a nice guy, he won't slap me silly for stepping on his act....

As always, Chas


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