#1
Song is "Low" by Cracker, easy 4 chord song, just D C E G over and over.

I'm still learning how to do this stuff, but the key of G seems to fit best according to my understanding. The E is the "odd" chord, in that in the key of G, starting on E should give an Em triad (I think I'm saying that right?). Does that just mean that if one was going to play a (basic) solo over these chords, play in the key of G, but during the E chord stay away from C?

I'd be interested to hear what you guys have to say about this... obviously I've never done this before and I wanted to know if I'm even on the right track in my thought process. Thanks for any help / advice, I really appreciate it.
#2
What you're doing is right, in terms of E being the odd chord. But playing those 4 chords right now I think that D is the tonic center. I would probably go with D mixolydian for improvising. E would still be the odd chord.
#3
Yeah, you're doing it right.

The E is the odd chord, but the VI is very common in songs.

This makes the progression, in G Major, V - IV - VI - I, which, while it's not a super strong cadence, will work.

If I were to solo over this I would use G Major all the way through, but I would accent the G# during the E, and then resolve it to a chord tone (specifically G if I could) to end that phrase.
#5
Quote by KoenDercksen
Tonal center is D in my ears...

So, D major with a G# on the E chord :

And C natural on the C?
#6
D major being the key makes a lot of sense. you have Dmaj, obviously diatonic. Gmaj is the IV of the key. Cmaj is the bVII, borrowed from the parallel minor, and Emaj is V/V.
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#7
Honestly, just mess around with the D pentatonic minor and you will be fine.
#8
Thanks guys... the solo question is really more hypothetical than anything else... I'm just trying to put together some of what I've learned (or rather, what I think I've learned). I appreciate the input!