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it's in the key of Zdim. *sarcasm*. In seriousness, is the progression Em, G, C, Am? or something else?
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it's in the key of Zdim. *sarcasm*. In seriousness, is the progression Em, G, C, Am? or something else?



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If it's this is would be C Major, which is most logical (Em, G , C Am)

The tonal centre is E, but the notes are from different scales.

G - C - A - E; will resolve nicely.

G - C = C Major Scale

A - E = E Major scale.

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lol no its not in E major that would have G#, C# in it
its in Cmajor no sharps or flats
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No sharps or flats? Amaj has C#, and Emaj has G#. But OP didn't really specify the nature of the chords.
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My guess would be it's in Em actually, but the Em itself has been replaced with E major. It's not that uncommon, Richie Sambora's "Ballad of Youth" for example does just that. The A would be thedominant major which would strongly lead back to Em.

- edit - And if you're asking cause you want to solo over it, you'll need to play the Emajor scale over the E and then switch to Eminor scale, and maybe E harmonic minor over the A if you want to really underline the harmony.
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I'm pretty sure it is C major due to lack of accidentals, but it doesn't sound that great.


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It *should* be C major. The E would be your 3rd chord, but since the 3rd chord in a Major scale is a minor chord (iii), it is most likely some type of inverted 7th chord (if it is fact a E maj.). But then again, the likeliness that someone would make a third chord into a 7th would be fairly strange, since 7th's are usually used to create tension before resolution.

Correct me if I'm wrong, sirs.

EDIT: Aziraphale, "A" is not the dominant in the key of "E" minor. "A" is the sub-dominant, making "B" the dominant (5th note of the scale).
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It *should* be C major. The E would be your 3rd chord, but since the 3rd chord in a Major scale is a minor chord (iii), it is most likely some type of inverted 7th chord (if it is fact a E maj.). But then again, the likeliness that someone would make a third chord into a 7th would be fairly strange, since 7th's are usually used to create tension before resolution.

Correct me if I'm wrong, sirs.

EDIT: Aziraphale, "A" is not the dominant in the key of "E" minor. "A" is the sub-dominant, making "B" the dominant (5th note of the scale).


You're right, I thought backwards. The A does indeed lead to D major. I don't think TS' question is really answerable, there's too little context to really place a key on it. I think the C sounds like a sub-dominant, but the G doesn't sound like a tonic. If I were to play it on bass I'd say it was in Em. The whole thing sounds like a way to go to D major, which as a dominant would lead back to G/Em. It could also be used as a way to switch keys from G major to E major.

- edit - And an E7 would be extremely common in the key of C, as the third chord (dominant of the tonic parallel), gets a major third when you play harmonic minor. I.e. in the key of A harmonic minor, the dominant is E7, not Em. The E7 would go from being the dominant parallel in C to being the major dominant in Am. So it wouldn't be in C per se, but a lot of songs swing between C and Am in tonality (respectively in other keys, of course). Making the distinction is rarely necessary, as it would take a ridiculously unmusical improviser to be able to play in Am but not in C major..
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