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I wonder what is the correlation between the scale I chose for a song and the "money notes" I'm going to sing in the more tense moments of the song, like in the prechorus. They are usually going to be notes on the higher side of the spectrum.

If I'm playing in A minor, is it more common for singers to choose B, D, E or G for the most tense, highest, "money" note, because these notes add to the suspense since they're not tonic notes? Or is that not the case and choosing a tonic there note is as common?

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    Had to check on the term 'money note'! I suspected that it isn't any particular note from a key/scale - it could be any. It's more the climax note, or highest note. Which, depending on who's singing, could be any note in any key/scale. In my opinion. – Tim May 4 at 9:32
  • It's going to serve a different purpose in a bridge to a chorus. Bridge it's going to be a leading note, one that demands to resolve; chorus it's going to be a strong root/5th etc as a climax – Tetsujin May 4 at 9:44
  • Thanks for the answers, although they seem a bit contrary, haha. @Tetsujin, can you elaborate on "chorus it's going to be a strong root/5th" you mean at the end of a chorus, before going back to the verse? – SimplyTable May 4 at 12:41
  • Do you have access to any recordings with such money notes? Take a few of them and see what notes they are? – piiperi Reinstate Monica May 4 at 13:02
  • Yeah I did that some time ago and I will do it again, from what I remember the notes varied in terms of scale degrees the song was in. – SimplyTable May 4 at 13:08