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I've trying to play Calamaro's Sin Documentos intro. The melody goes like this in Tab notation:

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I've been able to identify the notes and play along, but I was wondering if the melody is in a particular scales. D major doesn't seem to fit, and I was hoping to get some help here.


Per general request, I'm including Standard Notation also:

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I'm sorry, I don't have a lot of patience for tab. I play by ear or from standard notation. What are the notes of the scale? – empty Aug 12 '14 at 7:24
Could you get the standard notation? Would make things easier. – Neil Meyer Aug 12 '14 at 12:08
@KevinJohnsrude, I did as requested – Carlos Gavidia Aug 12 '14 at 13:00
Please forgive me for being picky, but if it's in Gm, it'll have a Bb and an Eb, instead of the A# and D# that's arrived.The F# is fine, though, as that's the leading note used in G harmonic minor. For those who read dots, it will make life much more comfortable ! – Tim Aug 12 '14 at 14:11
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Seems to be in G minor, with the slightly odd sounding 4th fret 4th string note being the leading note (F#), part of a D chord, the V of Gm. The reason you thought D was that the first note is indeed a D. There are many pieces of music that do not use the key note to start. Most will use it to finish.As this actually does !

So the key's G minor, but that only narrows it down to 3 sets of notes that we call scales. Like a lot of Spanish flavoured tunes, this one seems to use the G harmonic minor scale notes.This doesn't mean though, that just because a song's in a particular key/scale, it won't use other notes as well - see another question posed today.

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Thanks a lot! Two additional questions:Is there a particular method/technique to identify the Scale of a melody? What are those "bars" that are linking quarter notes in standard notation? – Carlos Gavidia Aug 12 '14 at 13:04
Sorry, I can't see any 'bars' linking quarter notes. Do you mean the bars joining eighth notes (quavers) together,as in bars 8 and 10 ? If so, they're just instead of single tails for each individual note. Some are not joined - as in bar 14, because the bar in 4/4 is usually written so that it can be split into 2 halves of 2 beats each, which makes bar 11 not as well written as it might have been.But that's the way things can turn out nowadays ! – Tim Aug 12 '14 at 14:18

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