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@Dom answered this from the perspective of harmony, so I thought I'd complement that with an explanation about melody. There is an old theory of melody (maybe it was in Fux' Gradus ad Parnassum? Don't have time to check) that a melody starts "at rest", then "moves", then "returns to rest". This pattern is generally found on at the level of the musical ...


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Most songs are built within a key, however it is not uncommon to have chords outside the key in a song. There are several ways to incorporate chords outside the key including: secondary dominants Substitutions Borrowing Chromatic With all the above examples you are still in the key you started in, just the harmony is temporarily not reflecting the key. ...


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You look at the score. Between the Clef and the Time Signature there will usually be some sort of indication of the key. If there is no sharps or flats in between the clef and the time signature then you are either in C Major or a minor. (The Major key with no sharps or flats) Then you need to look at whether there are any notes raised in the piece. The ...



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