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Can someone explain what a key is? [duplicate]

I feel like I shouldn't be asking this... ugh. Every explanation I've encountered left me feeling like a key is the same as a scale. I've been using the word "key" to mean the primary scale the song ...
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Do scales over progressions change the key of the song? [duplicate]

I am a beginner in music theory and trying to understand some basic concepts. As far as I understood, songs are played in keys. This essentially means that you pick a scale (let's say, C major) and ...
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Is the difference between key and scales just unordered vs. ordered pitches? [duplicate]

Hi guys I was trying to understand the relationship between keys and scales, from what I understood starting from the basic pitch: A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# if we start from one and take WWHWWWH we ...
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Does the starting note for a song have to be the starting note of its scale?

Does a scale always have to start off with the note it is named after? For example, the Dm scale is defgab♭cd`. If I wanted to sing a song in D minor, would I have to start with the note D? Or could ...
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Black keys - what scale are these, how to use them?

I'm a beginning music theory student and often when I'm supposed to be doing exercises I get distracted and start doodling around for fun on the black keys. It's easy to compose simple, satisfying ...
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What is the method to figure out the key of a song?

What is the method to figure out the key to someone else's song? Let's assume you've never played the song on an instrument and it's not your own song. Is it faster to try to figure out chords and ...
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Confused about the key of "Watermelon Man"

It is said that the original 1962 recording of "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock is in the key of F. It makes a lot of sense given it's a bluesy piece, so we have a typical I-IV-V based chord ...
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Can each chord in a progression create its own key?

Say I have a chord progression in C major: I V vi C G Am When I play each of these chords can I potentially play the scale of each chord over it? So for C I'd play C major, for G I'd play G major, ...
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Are pop/rock songs ever written using the melodic minor scale?

I am learning a pop song that was famous about a decade ago and starts on an F chord for a few bars before going to the following descending chord progression. F Eb Dm7 Bbm/Db The second time the ...
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Why is there no fourth minor scale with a natural 6 and a flat 7?

These scales are considered the minor scales: natural: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 harmonic: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 melodic: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7 (ascending) However, this scale: 4th min: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 ...
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Chords for rumba don't fit in any scale

I was trying to find the scale for this tab: https://acordes.lacuerda.net/pablo_montero/gata_salvaje.shtml The main chords are Fm A#m D# C. I tried with F Harmonic Minor, but it lacks the D#. Not only ...
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I’m learning Oscar Peterson’s Jazz Exercise #2 in G and would like to know the scales used across the last 12 bars?

What is the theory behind cord and harmony relationship? For the bars at the top of the page?
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What chord is G-C#-E in a D minor context?

I’m looking at a score notated in D minor. The first measures are evidently in D minor, followed by a F-A-D (Ic - second inversion). But the next measure has a G-C#-E. I know that D harmonic minor has ...
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