#1
Hey guys... Okay I am in the process of writing and I'm totally confused. I had a chord progression start on D then go to C the B. Then it went D to C to G. I figured i was writing in Am, all natural notes. But it sound very major? I was looking around and found iron maiden's number of the beast is in D major! why is this in D major when there are no sharps or flats, would that be Am/ c major. I am very confused about keys now. I'm just trying to write some metal with the chords of scales that I know, could some one please help. Btw does anyone know what key deadnight warrior by cob is in thanks guys.
#2
well just quickly, in Number Of The Beast the 4th heard note (or the 2nd different note) is an F#, hence D major (although it's not strictly D major as straight after that chord comes a C major chord, suggesting G major, or D mixolydian, but in practice it's really neither, it's nothing as complicated, just Iron Maiden using whichever chords sound 'good')
#3
There are no rules, just guidelines.

You can write a song in the key of C and just use natural notes. You can also write a song in the key of C and throw in a C# in there somewhere. As long as it sounds good, who's gonna care if a note or a chord is in the correct key.
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#5
Quote by patdillon222
Ahhh makes sense. So would my song be major or a minor


What song?
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#7
I don't know. Are you playing single notes, power chords, major or minor chords? Be more specific.
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#9
The melody could be written in the key of C since the root notes of all those chords are natural. You will find an accidental in that B5 chord (a B power chord is a B and an F#) so your melody could be written in the Key of the C with an accidental note in the melody.

Quote by patdillon222
I figured i was writing in Am, all natural notes. But it sound very major? I was looking around and found iron maiden's number of the beast is in D major! why is this in D major when there are no sharps or flats, would that be Am/ c major. I am very confused about keys now.


C major, D major, and A minor are chords and scales, they are not key signatures.
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Last edited by Attenuare at May 28, 2011,
#11
Yup no problem. Anything else you want to clear up?
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#13
Since you can write your melody in the key of C, you would resolve to C.
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#14
Quote by Attenuare
C major, D major, and A minor are chords and scales, they are not key signatures.


How ridiculous. What would you consider to be a key signature then?

Quote by patdillon222
I had a chord progression start on D then go to C the B. Then it went D to C to G. I figured i was writing in Am, all natural notes. But it sound very major?


You have created a progression in G major. This is why it sounds very major. You are playing power chords, but they're actually major and minor chords with the 3rd omitted. The full progression would look like Dmaj - Cmaj - Bmin - Dmaj - Gmaj. This is a very common chord progression in the key of G major, all diatonic chords.
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#15
Quote by AlanHB
How ridiculous. What would you consider to be a key signature then?


Damn, I just re-read what I wrote and realized how stupid that sounded.

Patdillon222, please ignore the comment I said about A minor and G major not being keys.
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#16
Are you talking about fully-rendered triad chords, or root-fifth power chords.

If you are using only power chords, that could be disguising some information.

Here are a few things that might help sort out your sharps and flats:

D major triad: D F# A
D minor triad: D F A
D power chord: D A

A major triad: A C# E
A minor triad: A C E
A power chord: A E

B major triad: B D# F#
B minor triad: B D F#
B power chord: B F#

C major triad: C E G
C minor triad: C Eb G
C power chord: C G

G major triad: G B D
G minor triad: G Bb D
G power chord: G D