#1
I checked the lessons and couldn't find anything on this. I found somethign on how to tell what key each CHORD is in but not what key each song is in. Can someone clarify this for me please? thanks in advance
#2
-Learn the circle of fifths.

-Find out how many sharps/flats are in your song.

-Find the corresponding key on the circle of fifths.


It can be more complex, but this is where you need to start
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#4
He's right. But a great shortcut for almost any rock or pop song is to look at the first chord in the song. It's usually your key.
#5
Quote by nightwind
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to start
This would only help if you have sheet music with a key signature, yes?

Quote by brandnewjunkie
He's right. But a great shortcut for almost any rock or pop song is to look at the first chord in the song. It's usually your key.
No no no. The first chord usually shows the key, but there are enough times that it doesn;t that we can't go by that.

Here are helpful websites:
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/what_chords_are_in_what_key_and_why.html
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=525227
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=229763
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=394618
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=196305
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227146
#6
Quote by bangoodcharlote
This would only help if you have sheet music with a key signature, yes?



Ahh, the "Find out how many sharps/flats" step was a bit vague. Sometimes you just assume eh? I figure he had a method (Could find out the scale, had the tabs, knew the chords, etc).

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#7
finding the key is really easy...just look at the key signature in the beginning.

if there are flats in the key signature: the 2nd to last flat is the key.
if there are sharps in the key signature: take the last sharp and go up a step, thats the key.

when it comes to seeing if its major or minor...just look at the first chord

its not that hard.

edit: ^^thats for finding a major key....those steps up there. if you find a major key, go down 3 half steps, thats your relative minor. (the minor key that has the same sharps/flats as the major)
Last edited by omgnowaii at Feb 21, 2007,
#8
Quote by omgnowaii
finding the key is really easy...just look at the key signature in the beginning.

if there are flats in the key signature: the 2nd to last flat is the key.
if there are sharps in the key signature: take the last sharp and go up a step, thats the key.

when it comes to seeing if its major or minor...just look at the first chord

its not that hard.

edit: ^^thats for finding a major key....those steps up there. if you find a major key, go down 3 half steps, thats your relative minor. (the minor key that has the same sharps/flats as the major)


i think bgc covered this, its often the case that the first chord is the key. however there are quite a few times where this wouldn't be the case.... for example

F,E,G,Am

the actual key would be A harmonic minor (A,B,C,D,E,F,G#)
not F which is what the first chord would imply if you were to go by that theory.

another example in the same vein would be

G, F#m, Em, D,Bm

this would be in B natural minor even though the initial chord would suggest G major.