#1
E|---------------12--12--12----12---12---12---12-- 12---12-----
B|9-10-11-12---12---12--11----11---11---10---10---10---10-9
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------------------------------


How do you know the key?
#2
You don't. There is no harmonic context, and the lick is chromatic.

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#5
i'm going to have to disagree and say its E. probably E major
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#6
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E|---------------12--12--12----12---12---12---12-- 12---12-----
B|9-10-11-12---12---12--11----11---11---10---10---10---10-9
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------------------------------


How do you know the key?
E major. This is a standard lick and can be used in several contexts, including blues and country. It is, in fact, most often used to establish the key of a song during the intro. I first encountered it in Cream's I'm So Glad about 40 years ago, but it certainly was around long before that.
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#7
It's true there is no harmonic context. But the constant E note on the 1st string gives it a little bit of context. I think most ears would therefore hear (or "imply") the chromaticism as 5 #4 4 3 (and therefore key of E major) because that is such a standard blues-based lick like above poster says.

Take away that E note lurking in the background and its a different story, would be impossible to guess a key.
#8
it has 5 notes in common with tons of scales...
everything from:

-A Hirajoshi

-C Maj/A min (same notes)

-B Min 11th Arpeggio

...

It is just:

-3 ascending chromatic tones (G#-A-F#)

-B Maj = R-M4th (B-E)

-Bb Dim.5th/aug 4th/b5 or tritone (Bb-E)
(haha, there's a lot of names for this one, I personally like "el diablo in musica"- Latin)

-A Maj 5 (A-E)

-then 2 chromatic descending tones (A-G#/Ab)

Its just a noodled(my spell check recognizes that?) lick in my opinion


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#10
^you could overanalyze the crap out of this lick, but play it in context, and it sounds like a typical blues turnaround in E major.

you can tell because it uses the top E (12th fret E string) as a drone, and the descending line on the B string (12-11-10-9) moves from chromatically from B to G# (the 5th and 3rd of E maj)
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#11
Old enough thread? But really, the lick has no key, although it can fit in E major pretty well.
#12
well its kinda chromatic but i suppose there could be a key. dont ask me what though
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#13
Quote by les_paul_01
^you could overanalyze the crap out of this lick, but play it in context, and it sounds like a typical blues turnaround in E major.

you can tell because it uses the top E (12th fret E string) as a drone, and the descending line on the B string (12-11-10-9) moves from chromatically from B to G# (the 5th and 3rd of E maj)

+1
#14
Quote by les_paul_01
^you could overanalyze the crap out of this lick, but play it in context, and it sounds like a typical blues turnaround in E major.


+1

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