#1
hey guys, wondering if there is any trick to finding out what key a song is in? I usually can do it but on songs like "Smells like teen spirit" i get confused since i don't know what the main chord is. Any suggestions?
#2
Often it's the first note or chord played. So for Smells Like Teen Spirit it would in F.

Edit: Then there's major and minor, it's usually easy to tell but power chords are just fifths, so it could really be major or minor.
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#3
It is usually the first note in the song...Smells like teen spirit is in F then? Songs still sound good if you change the Key...Smells like teen spirit with some kick ass harmonica in A sounds godly...
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It is usually the first note in the song...Smells like teen spirit is in F then? Songs still sound good if you change the Key...Smells like teen spirit with some kick ass harmonica in A sounds godly...


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#5
Haha...I have'nt recorded it...Played it at this school thing...
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#6
Wow! that helped heeps. I thought it was usually the chord the song winds back to, i geuss i was wrong
#7
Ah ok. Sounds cool though.
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#10
Well it is many times the note that it ends on. The ending chord is what resolves the song, so that would the be key as well. Thats how I do it, because ive been caught many times with the 1st note thing. Just look for what it resolves too.
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#12
You can tell the key from the number of sharp or flats in you have the book for the song.
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#13
you listen to what chords are being played and find the key that has these chords in it or check to see what scales they are playing