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When can changing key sound good?

Most songs stick to one key, but I've noticed that switching keys is sometimes barely noticeable (to listeners) while playing guitar. In which circumstance would changing your key mid-song sound ...
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Key/Chord recognition using a computer

I'm a physics student with a great interest in music. I'm researching (as a kind of hobby) in topics which include math applied to music, acoustics, etc. In the last days I've realized that having a ...
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Why do certain keys sound good together? [duplicate]

I am a DJ and the software I dj with just introduced key analyzation (Serato DJ). So now I have the key to every song in my library. Someone invented a way for DJ's to mix music in key without having ...
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Which were the most popular key signatures in the Medieval era? [closed]

I am writing a piece of composition software and need information regarding different musical eras in order to make the algorithms work for different time periods. Therefore it would help to know if ...
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What Key Should I Be Able to Sing This Song in?

Technical question. If my vocal range is E2 to D4, what key(s) should I be able to sing “The Weight” by The Band in? One of my band members and I disagree, and I would like the opinion of a ...
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Rostropovich's description of the intrinsic “feeling” of the different musical keys

I remember reading on the record jacket of a recording by Mstislav Rostropovich of the Bach Cello suites, a description that Rostropovich gave to each of the musical keys. I remember it being ...
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Identifying a key [closed]

My girlfriend is not a Stack Exchange community member, but she's struggling with identifying a key for a given chord progression and I've offered to relay her question to the community here at large. ...
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How to assure acapella is in key with instrumental

I am a bit confused. I always use a reference track, in order to create my chord progression, in this case it was: I created the Chord Progression and then I used my ...
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Would this be a key change from B minor to D major?

In this amazing song by Ed Carlsen, would the part at 1:14 be considered a key change from B minor to D major? Why or why not? When I'm trying to find a key to a song, I always listen to the chord ...
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Acoustic Guitar tuning key

My acoustic guitar's one of tuning keys gear teeth got broken while tuning (G string).Here's a image. What can I do t fix it?
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Determining Key when using a Capo [duplicate]

I'm using a Capo for the first time and wanted to know if I understand correctly how it works. Right now I have my Capo across the strings on the third fret. By placing it there and using the open C ...
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Finding the key by playing a scale

I have a hard time finding the the key that a song is in, so I tried something different. While the song is playing a I played a pentatonic scale in different keys until I found one that sounded ...
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Term for 'key change' when going for the chorus

There are songs that change key midway. The most common one I've heard is they change the key when going for the chorus. After that, when the song goes back to the verse, they change the key back. ...
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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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Are there rules of thumb that let me quickly determine a possible playing position from the key?

I am playing some pieces in various keys; for example this one (from William Leavitt - Melodic Rhythms For Guitar): I want to play it in a certain position (not using open strings), such that each ...
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Doom/Melodic Death Metal for electric guitar

My friend and I are looking to just enjoy ourselves and record a Death Metal EP with some Doom and Melodic Death Metal influences. With the tempo changes I know it sounds ridiculous but at this point ...
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Need help figuring out the key of this melody [closed]

I figured this out on the piano but I'm not sure what key this would be in. Once I figure out the key I feel I can start to write more of it. I notated it in C Major with accidentals because I don't ...
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How do I figure out the tonality of a piece with a chord that doesn't fit?

The piece in question is "The Flyest" - O.T. Genasis Initially I thought it was the 4th mode of Fm, but I'm not sure. The chords are Bbm, C and Gb. The presence of the Gb major chord puzzles me and ...
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How to know what scale or what is the key of the composition(lyrics and singing) is this song?

I always have trouble finding the key of the song, actually when ever I write a song just lyrics and I know how I sing it I mean I know the composition, but I don’t get to know what should be what ...
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What key is this in? [closed]

I'm new in the forum. I have lots of unasked questions about music theory because I'm a self taught musician with no formal training, so I have a lot of confusion between concepts like, for example, ...
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How can I be fluent in all 12 keys at the keyboard and the music theory behind it [closed]

I want to be able to memorize all major and minor keys (including melodic, harmonic and natural minors), so that I can improve my sight reading and transposition skills. I am trying to become a more ...
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Sibelius 7 score key sig changes

I'm changing from F Minor to Major in a Sib 7 score. The machine just gives one flat for the new section, and I want three naturals and one sharp. How do I get it to do it? Any ideas?
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What key can I write a melody/solo in for this chord progression? [closed]

I started learning theory for a few months now and I came with a chord progression but I don't know for sure what key to make melodies in. I figured out D minor can be a candidate but I like to check ...
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is this song written in dorian or mixolydian mode? [closed]

i have a question about the modes hopefully someone sees this if a song follows a chord progression of verse Bb-Ab-Eb Bb-Ab-Eb then pre chorus Ab-Eb-Bb // Ab-Eb-Db-Eb and then the chorus is Bb-...
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Why do some phrygian dominant pieces end on the iv chord?

I was looking at Itzhak Perlman playing Shalom Aleichem It starts (0:14) in E Phrygian Dominant with the i chord, but ends (4:16) in A minor, the iv chord. I've seen the same thing happen with Hava ...
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Psychology Of Key Preferences

I'm a layperson with regards to all things music. I have some experience with the guitar and took a semester long music theory class in high school, but aside from that and some stuff I've heard from ...
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F Dm Am C (Lydian?) Progression

I've been recently wrapping my head around the analysis of the following progression: F Dm Am C. Would you agree it's got an undeniable lydian vibe? I know an explicit lydian progression should ...
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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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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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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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What is the relation between key and 'feeling' of a song? [duplicate]

I think I experience a different feeling to a song when it's played in a different key, which I think makes no sense, except that all frequencies will be higher or lower compared to the original key. ...
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Piano Sheet Music in Each Key

The book of simple music I've been using for piano sight reading practice has really helped me deeply memorize key signatures. However it seems most of the keys with flats in them were neglected. I'd ...
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Extended chords in keys

I understand the most popular & first-learnt chords & how to associate them with the keys they belong to. I'm looking at other chord types now such as Am6. I believe that Am6 can only go ...
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Can “Prelude in E minor” be “Prelude in G major”? [duplicate]

I have just learned that every major key has its own "relative" minor key. And the corresponding minor key for G major is E minor. Does that mean that "Prelude in E minor" can be ...
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If a song is in a certain key, can you add an instrument or vocal to the song / track as long as they are in the same scale of that key [duplicate]

If a song is in a certain key, can you add an instrument or vocal to the song / track as long as they are in the same scale of that key. So for example, if a song is in key D major, you can add any ...
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Emoji Of a Wave Amaj9/Amaj7 not diatonic in key (B major)? [closed]

I know using diatonic chords isn't a hard and fast rule, but i was wondering from a music theory perspective why the Amaj9/Amaj7 "works" in this song since it isn't in the key of B major. (The rest of ...
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Is this a harmonic riff?

Here's the riff. For me a harmonic riff sounds harmonic. Without any thinking about the theory I can hear it most of the times. But in this case I'm not sure. Especially G 1 sounds a little bit off. ...
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How to understand and comprehend the basic major key signatures on the Baritone? [duplicate]

I am a sophomore and play the Baritone in the SCHS (go wild cats!) marching band. I have been in band for four years. I honestly didn't do band originally for anything other than it would look good on ...
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What allows us to distinguish a sequence in C major vs A minor? [duplicate]

I understand the difference between the A minor and C major scale. They both incorporate the same notes but begin on different frequencies. Yet, given a sequence of notes from the set {C,D,E,F,G,A,B} ,...
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How did the notes of the Western musical scale get their letter names? [duplicate]

The first thing a brand-new piano student learns is the name, and location on the keyboard, of "middle C". I've always wondered, why is that note called "middle C" rather than, say, "middle A"? To ...
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C major being dramatic like C minor

Here C major is being very dramatic. Usually C major is peaceful or joyful no matter what else is going on. In fact it can make an otherwise dramatic key sound happy. The drama of this piece is as if ...
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What key is this chord progression? [closed]

I'm a beginner guitar player and I am just now foraying into theory / keys / chord progressions. I've seen this grouping of chords in several songs: E - C#m - G# (or Ab?) - A (Where Is My Mind - ...
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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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How to form specific arpeggios when in a certain key?

How do you form a D Major 7th in the key of C? Should I use the scale of D or C? Could you give me some tips on how to fit arpeggios and chords in certain keys?
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Can a chord progression of a minor scale be transposed to become one of a major scale?

Let's take the I-IV-V-I progression for example. Can the I-IV-V-I progression in a minor key, after some transposing, sound like the I-IV-V-I in a major key?
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What minor key siganture has 6 double flats? [closed]

I have read Wiki-pedia, the theorethical key page however does not list if there's a key signature with 6 double flats and 1 flat. The max that that page lists are key signatures with 3 double flats.

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