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What key is that song in?
« on: July 19, 2012, 12:59:34 pm »
I'm doing the intermediate foundation and struggle working out keys in various songs.
For examplenthe song Bouree in E minor JS Bach. Sure it's e minor but why not g major?

The only clues are it starts on an E and resolves to E a lot.
Thanks for any other clues

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Re: What key is that song in?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 01:25:29 pm »
The resolving to E is what should give it away. This is also an important thing when you're either playing, writing or transcribing modal progressions - the resolutions along with the chords should give it away.

Coming back to 'the chords'. If it were in G major, it would probably more majory sounding, with the use of it's 4 and 5 chord (which are C and D). If it's in E minor though, your 4 and 5 chords will be both minor (they will be Am and Bm) - which gives you a much more minory sound.

I often run into this with progressions that start on a minor chord, but since the rest of the progression (including the oh so important 4 and 5 chords) are major. That's why Em-C-G-D will be a 6-4-1-5 in G and not a 1-6-3-7 in Em.

Makes sense? Probably not, I have a terrible way of explaining this. ;)
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Re: What key is that song in?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 01:53:54 pm »
Thanks, that all makes sense

I'll try and post in the correct location next time, doh


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