#1
hey guys, lets say we've got a basic chord progression that goes like F,Am,Dm and Bb. the key of this is D minor. is that right?
#2
Those chords do contain the notes from F major/D minor.
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#3
It definitely looks like F major. We got:

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#4
From that information I would say F major because not only does it start on F (and assuming it's a riff, go back to F every 4 bars) but if it were D minor it is likely you would have a C# but the chord sequence has an A minor chord in it which uses C natural.
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D minor it is likely you would have a C#




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From that information I would say F major because not only does it start on F (and assuming it's a riff, go back to F every 4 bars) but if it were D minor it is likely you would have a C# but the chord sequence has an A minor chord in it which uses C natural.


If it were in harmonic minor yes, but nowadays in popular music the natural minor is considered the norm, and C natural is in D natural minor.
#9
So can I solo using a d minor pentatonic over this progression? I've tried and it sounds ok. That's if I end on the correct notes as the chord progression. Or does f major pentatonic sound better?
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If it were in harmonic minor yes, but nowadays in popular music the natural minor is considered the norm, and C natural is in D natural minor.


okay, but that doesn't mean this example is in D minor.

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So can I solo using a d minor pentatonic over this progression? I've tried and it sounds ok. That's if I end on the correct notes as the chord progression. Or does f major pentatonic sound better?


alright, we'll do it again.

this is in the key of F major. so you're going to solo over it using F major. that's it. really. if you use the "shape" you know of as D minor pentatonic, that's fine - but you're just playing F major pentatonic. it's not a question of which sounds better. unless you're planning on finding some way to make this polytonal, you're using F major.
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#11
it's in F
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Oh and guys this is a progression to a pop song.


Sounds good. But the genre is not relevant. You'll find that 99.99999% of songs are either in major or minor keys regardless of them being country, folk, death metal, thrash, hip hop, punk, or pop etc.
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Sounds good. But the genre is not relevant. You'll find that 99.99999% of songs are either in major or minor keys regardless of them being country, folk, death metal, thrash, hip hop, punk, or pop etc.


hear that guys? death metal. thrash. minor keys.

yeah.
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#15
Alright I've found a pop song that has the same progression. Fmaj, Am, Dm, Bb. It's price tag by Jessie J. Now you guys got a song to refer to, tell me what key should I solo in. F major or D minor? They both sound neutral.
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Alright I've found a pop song that has the same progression. Fmaj, Am, Dm, Bb. It's price tag by Jessie J. Now you guys got a song to refer to, tell me what key should I solo in. F major or D minor? They both sound neutral.


F major! They have the same notes, but you need it all to resolve to F, not D.
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