|07-31-2008, 12:18 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Theory; finding what key a song is in (need help).
Hey there, this is my first post, so don't go too hard on me.
I just started learning music theory on my own; I play guitar, for the most part. I taught myself modes... learned intervals from a guitar teacher back in the day... and know the major scale, minor scale(who's even counting that), and pentatonic scales (same with that). So, as you can see, I don't know much music theory, haha
That's why I've searched for help!
I've always asked my friends, that play music as well, how to tell what key a song is in... none of them ever give me a theoretical explanation. Some said whatever chord is played the most... YEAH RIGHT!... is what I thought to that.
So, with that said... how does one know what key a song is in?
This is my hypothesis, with little knowledge of music theory I have...
Whatever major scale the song is in; the root note of that scale is the key of the song.
Is this right?
Anyways, thanks to anyone who can be of some help towards this!
|09-25-2008, 03:12 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
If you want to get deeper into theory and finding keys (which isn`t always as straightforward as suggested) try looking up the Circle Of Fifths on wikipedia. Print out the Image, you can see how different chords and scales can be connected - thats only one approach, theres different ways of looking at it - plus playing differrent types of scales (as you`ve mentioned) with the same tonic will give a song many different `feels`.
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