#1
my guitar class is playing Layla in out school concert and im playing a solo. im gonna keep it pentatonic like clapton so it can blend with the song now my problem is, what key is layla in. i always thought it was in the key of C, then i played it today and thought it was in the key of E. then my guitar teacher told me it was in the key of F. so im really confused and i need your help. im no genius when it comes to music theory so if you decide to explain why please keep it simple. thanks
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thank you very much. i appreciate it
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#5
^Same key signature, but I'd agree it's in a minor key, so I'm going with bangoodcharlotte on this one. D minor.
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The intro, chorus, and guitar solo are D minor. The verses are C#m. The outro is C major.


I would call the verse E. Which of course is pretty much the same thing as C#m, as far as the key signature, also as far as the guitar fills go (same pentatonic box shape on the neck, at the ninth fret). So you may just want to quit reading right here, as what I'm about to say has no bearing on your soloing, and is instead more theoretical in nature

The only difference might be in how you think of it harmonically, as far as the chord progression.

The chords for the first half of the verse are

C#m G#(m?) C#m C D E

(doing this from memory, I forget whether the G# is major or minor)

Anyway, if you look at those as being in C#m you get something a little off the wall, as far as the C and D chords go:

i v i VII? bII? III

But if you look at those as being in E you get this, which doesn't look as unusual:

vi iii vi bVI bVII I

its not that uncommon to see bVI bVII I (that is, major I) chord progressions in rock. (example: Voodoo Chile chorus)
#10
the solos would be D minor Pentatonic
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layla is a fun song, are you doing an improv solo in the place of clapton's?


yes i am improvising, thats why i needed to know the key, thanks for all of your help everyone
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layla is a fun song, are you doing an improv solo in the place of clapton's?


It's Duane Allman's solo, not Clapton's!
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