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It's obviously in G major, key signature one sharp, even though I think you don't happen to play any F# notes. To test this hypothesis, play a descending G major scale as melody: G - F# - E - D - C - B - A - G. The final G note of the sequence feels like coming home, doesn't it? In your song there's a brief detour to a C major'ish feeling, with an F-based ...


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To other answers that highlight the cycles of thirds here, I'd just note that it's a bit anachronistic to think of these as "Coltrane changes," as Coltrane didn't use them yet. And (as has been well-known for quite a few years) Coltrane himself likely was inspired by Slonimsky's Thesaurus (in one form or another -- the book was very influential on a lot of ...


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On a superficial level it illustrates that a ii7 - V7 - I sequence can take you just about ANY place. Up or down a major 3rd takes you somewhere that is neither adjacent or closely connected in any of the standard 'Cycle of 5ths' or 'Modal interchange' ways. New territory. Which, in my book, is sufficient reason for exploration! And, of course, ...


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What is harmonically going on in the B section of this song? Why did the song writer choose rapidly descending major thirds, which will put most listeners off balance, followed by an ascending major 3rd? The explanation is in the lyrics. All at once I lost my breath <---Bb then DOWN to the new ii V (also a descending melody) And all at once was ...


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A simple test is - if it stopped there, on that chord, would it sound finished? The whole song is in G major, and stays in G major for the verse, and chorus too. There are several places where there are D chords leading to G. Perfect cadences in key G. If some of this is in Am, I'd expect to find some V of Am (E/E7) and I don't. Solidly in key G all through. ...


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The verse (and song) is in G major bouncing around between all the usual and normal chords for G major. If the verse were in A minor, that would mean starting the verse on the bVII chord which, while theoretically possible, definitely wouldn't make sense functionally or historically, in terms of musical tradition. When we talk about functional harmony, we ...


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