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Key used by clarinet

I do not understand the key notation for the clarinet in an orchestral score I am looking at. This is an extract from the Andante of the Ravel concerto in G: The clarinet has a different key ...
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is this the key of Bb minor? [closed]

I'm transcribing a Cappella melody from audio. It's. Starts on Bb, but I had something that I don't understand. The melody uses G natural, C flat, and D natural. And I don't know now what kind of key ...
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Lilypond - Custom Key Signature for Turkish folk music and microtonal accidentals

I have to create this key signature in lilypond: Would it be possible to create something like that? I really appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!
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Can you hear the difference between relative keys?

When I search the key of a song on Google, I always get 2 keys which have a relative relationship. For example, when I search the key of the song Emotions by Mariah Carey, I get C major and A minor. ...
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Why isn't there a closely related key to C minor that has D as tonic?

For minor keys, there are no closely related keys built on the second scale degree. Why? Is it because the chord built from the second scale degree is diminished?
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Why was “A” called “a good country key”?

Background I'm a novice. I'm currently learning to play and sing a "country"-style song on guitar. I'm playing it in G major. The melody is just over one octave, from E3 though G4. That's ...
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How to think about the tensions of polytonality with 3 or more keys?

If two keys are played simultaneously (bitonality), I usually think of the tensions by the number of notes that are not included in both Keys: C Major C D E F G A B G Major G A B C D E F♯ ...
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Why are Ionian and Aeolian considered Major and Minor keys respectively, but not the other modes? [duplicate]

Why is the Ionian mode called a major key, and the Aeolian mode called a minor key, while the other modes aren't called "Keys"? F Major is relative to D Minor, and just so G Dorian is relative to ...
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Why is automatic key detection hard?

From what I understand, it is difficult for automatic algorithms to figure out the key of a recorded piece of music. For example, in one review of a range of professional "DJ" software that had a key ...
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Should I configure my keyboard transposition to match the key of a score?

If a score is written in say the the key of A, should I transpose my keyboard to the same?
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Find notes by chords and key

How can I find the notes of a song if I have the song key and chords? For example, the song “In my Blood” by Shawn Mendes is in the key of F and the chords are F, A♯, Dm; so now how can I find the ...
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im new to this whole stringed instrument thing key shifts, notes? [closed]

this may be a simple question but im what one would consider completely null of theory knowledge save the booster of having been in middle school band, what tuning/key/notes are my open strings when I ...
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Learning notes on the fretboard

I was reading this book on music theory, i just want to confirm with everybody here if my understandinng is correct. See screenshot below On the B string 1st fret and 3rd and also on the E string 1st ...
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When playing in a minor key, is it common to switch between the different minor scales?

Is it common to switch between natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales when playing the same piece or is it best to stick with one?
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Is an accidental considered off key?

If you have a song with accidentals and you sing it, are you then singing off key? And if you are in the key of C major for example, and in the song a D is raised to a D# with an accidental and ...
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Does pop music ever make use of modulation?

When I am playing the music of J.S.Bach, my friends often mistake it to be a piece of pop music. However, they often realize they are wrong the instant the music modulates. I haven't listened to much ...
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is the definition of a natural sound adjusted by the key signature?

Suppose we are talking about C major. In this case if we want any sound to be "higher", we use #, if we want a sound to be lower, we use b. If on a given bar we have already altered a sound and we ...
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How many cents would would i need to shift the pitch of the sample to change its key?

I have a sample in C# Major that I want transposed to F# Major. How many cents would would i need to shift the pitch of the sample in order to transpose it?
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How do you know when a key name needs an accidental?

Take the following example from musictheory.net. If we go by the "cheat" rule where you can take the last sharp, then go one half note up, it will tell us that the major key is A. Next, if we use the ...
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Do major triad chord notes depend on the key? Key=E, Emaj=EG#B vs Key=C, Emaj=EGB?

I came across something odd shown in the picture below. (What this is from is not very relevant, but in case your interested: I'm building a simple phone app that would allow me to practice ...
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Harmony Question

Cmaj7 to Abmaj7 to Gmaj7. The G seems like a resolution, it feels like the tonal center changes to G when you do such movement. The Abmaj7 almost begs for it. What is the explanation? For example G7 ...
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Piece is D harmonic minor. Should I sharp all Cs?

If I'm playing a piece (piano) in D harmonic minor, I only sharp the 7th (C) if there is an accidental. Is that right?
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Why do jazz chord symbols give absolute, not relative, roots?

Answers to the question How do they decide the key? point out how useful it is for a jazz musician to be able to play a piece in any key. So, in jazz, why does sheet music give chord symbols with ...
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How do they decide the key?

Duke Ellington plays a beautiful solo Take the A Train in 1956 [see youtube live performance is awesome] I think it's in C and most transcripts are in C. But there is a video of him playing with the ...
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Does changing the music's key change the feeling?

If I write a major scale in the key of A, is there any difference if I write that major scale but change the key to F or G or B or F♯? In other words, are there any differences between different keys ...
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I have no music background and wrote this music score for a simple composition. What should be the key? [closed]

I have no music background but would like to record a simple self composed melody onto a score sheet. I used Musescore. Could someone help me identify the key of this song and also if there are any ...
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How to identify which key a song is in by ear?

For example, for this piece, how can I tell whether it's in D major or other keys by just listening to it. And is there any systematic way to do so? Thanks!
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What does “Base key” mean?

I have come across lyrics and chord sheets that show "Base key : (A, B, C etc)". What does it mean? Passion Planetshakers, Legacy Base key: A Intro Fm Ab/C Db Fm Ab/C Db Ab Verse ...
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What determines the overall key of a work with multiple movements and key changes?

For example, we talk about Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, yet the movements are in a variety of keys: Allegro con brio (C minor) Andante con moto (A♭ major) Scherzo: Allegro (C minor) Allegro ...
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Where do the double accidentals go in “theoretical” key signatures?

Recent questions led me to discussions of theoretical keys, which are defined by Wikipedia as keys with at least one double accidental in the key signature. (Unfortunately, the source of that ...
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Relevance of compositional key? [duplicate]

Listening to Bach's Sonata No.4 for violin and harpsichord in C Minor made me wonder; does the key music is written and played in, have specific relevance to the compositions mood?
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What do I name this chord?

When I'm warming up to play piano, I often play a little right-hand improv with the left hand sounding out the following chord sequence, over and over, then ending in a final Am: Am F G C F X E E7 ...
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Are all modes/scales in a given key signature perceived as equally bright/dark?

Many people experience certain keys to be "brighter" or "sharper" relative to other keys. Keys with more sharps than flats are reported as being "brighter" and keys with more flats than sharps as ...
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How to know singing is in a particular key

At Deering's web site, they have a blog entry Learning Banjo by Ear for Beginners. The third step says, "Sing that melody aloud in the key of G. (keep strumming that chord if you need a reference ...
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Lowering the key of a song by a semitone

What does lowering the key of a song by a semitone exactly mean? If a song is for example in F major, and you lower the key by a semitone, do you lower every note by a semitone? This becomes E G♭ A♭ A ...
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Why are pedal notes in the lower, not in the higher, register?

At church today I listened to an organ piece that had a constant pedal note from the beginning to the end of the piece. The strange (and very unpleasant) thing about this pedal note was, that it was ...
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How do you convert a major song to a minor and vice versa?

On YouTube there are a load of videos where songs have had their keys switched from major to minor and vice versa. For example, YMCA which has been edited to a minor key: ...
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Is there any way to find a key of song somehow mathematically/algorithmically?

There are many scales with different keys for the same notes. For example, with the notes C D E F G A B C, we can have: C major, C Ionian, A natural minor, D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, G ...
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Can a song contain pitches outside of its intended key? [duplicate]

I'm new to music theory and am self teaching so I apologise if this has already been asked but I'd be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction. I'm trying to learn the best way ...
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Combining chords from relative keys

I came across the theme for flowers in the attic: Please forward to the main theme at 1:33. I'm trying to figure if it is using relative keys. It seems it uses a ...
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Key of song sung a cappella

If someone starts singing a song a cappella, then is it necessary for this person to sing in one of the 12 Western keys (A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#)? For example, would it be ...
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Songs that don't end with key chord? [closed]

I'm quite new to music theory, I think the fact that I've just found out that songs most of the time end with the key chords would prove it :D. To be able to understand this better I'm looking for ...
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Having a set of notes from a song how can I find out the right key which is written in, from the possible ones (considering modes) that fit those?

Having a set of notes that fit in both the G major scale and D mixolydian scale how can I find out which key is it in? What if it's hard to even find the tonic, because maybe it is rarely used?
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Should you return to the original key?

So I've begun writing several orchestral pieces (forgive me if I use incorrect names, I didn't study orchestrastion or composition beyond my GCSEs). When writing a piece, you often change the key ...
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Scale Chords are different. Why?

So I saw this chart: http://guitarteacher.com/2009/02/17/major-scale-chords-guitar-keys-of-caged/ Now I am asking myself: if you take a simple chord with 1-3-5, why do they look different in ...
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Is it considered polytonality if the song is using two keys but not on top of each other

I've run into a couple songs recently that use two keys at the time, but not in the way that would meet the definition of polytonality. What they do is they establish one key as the primary key and ...
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S.O.S my Upright Piano keys aren'r working

please someone help me! I have an ED.SEILER upright wood piano with ivory keys, that's from 1911 (so it's 106 years old) and some of the black keys stopped working! It was working perfectly like a ...
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Why are different keys necessary / important? [duplicate]

If all major key songs can be played in C major, then why do people play them in other keys? Assume there is no singer involved and we're just talking about what sounds "good". My understanding is ...
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Motivations to change a key in a transcription

I stumbled upon a transcription for guitar from a Lute piece. The original piece is written in G minor but the transcription is in A minor. From the transcriber's notes the bass line's octave was ...
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Minor Key Confusion

I find when playing in a minor key I always end up playing the major version of the V chord. (So in Em I always end up playing a "B major" chord.) However, the third of this chord should be played as ...