#1
How can you determine what key a song is in????


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#2
Learn theory. Then it's usually obvious

Apart from that try and find the chord that the song seems to resolve to
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#3
Imagine you're colorblind your whole life and then you can suddenly see colors. Then you ask "How do you know what color something is?", our reply, "You just learn it over time."

Knowing keys and learning theory are no different, it just comes naturally over time.
#4
Look at the note that's in the beginning and the end note of the piece. This doesn't mean the note that start with an unfinished measure. Usually they're the same note and the root, so you can find the key. This method always works in classical music and for most of the modern pop and rock songs.
But you shouldn't rely on that, further look at the other notes in the piece and find out the sharps or flats.
Furthermore, see if those sharps or flats change into naturals at some times to identify the minors.
#5
Use your ear. Find the notes that sound "right" and those are the notes that are in the key. From there you just match the notes to a scale to determine the key.

But you really don't need to know the key if you have ears.
Last edited by Ssargentslayer at Jul 18, 2009,
#6
Quote by Ssargentslayer
Use your ear. Find the notes that sound "right" and those are the notes that are in the key. From there you just match the notes to a scale to determine the key.

But you really don't need to know the key if you have ears.




Look dude, people come to this forum to learn and discuss music theory. This isn't a helpful answer. "Right" is totally subjective, so you're just feeding misinformation even if you are trying to make point (an incredibly silly point at that).
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