#1
Hello UG. How would I figure out the scales used in songs? Not just the key, that's no problem. But the scales. For example, a song called The Islander by Nightwish. How would I find out what scales it is written in? And, when there's a song that I want to learn that has a scale which I do not know, how would I find out what scale it is?
#2
Transcribe the song and write down the notes. If you know the key, write the notes out as scale degrees and if they are flattened sharpened. This should give you a nice view of the scale.
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Transcribe the song and write down the notes. If you know the key, write the notes out as scale degrees and if they are flattened sharpened. This should give you a nice view of the scale.
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really didnt want to post a new thread for thsi question but it kinda fits in, how do you find the key of the song?
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really didnt want to post a new thread for thsi question but it kinda fits in, how do you find the key of the song?

Mostly the first chord of the song, otherwise the last. Otherwise the note the song resolves to.
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Mostly the first chord of the song, otherwise the last. Otherwise the note the song resolves to.

The key is always the note the song resolves to. Sometimes that may be the first chord, sometimes that may be the last chord.
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