#1
I learned Off the Record by My Morning Jacket today ( http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/my_morning_jacket/off_the_record_tab.htm ), and for ****s and giggles, I decided to figure out the song's key. The verse and chorus were easy, and i figured out the song was in the key of C#. The only problem was the intro and the outro both had F# minor chords, which obviously arn't in the key of C#, but it sounds fine, can anyone tell me why this is?
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#2
It's because they like the sound of it. To describe it I would say it's a min iv chord being borrowed from the parallel minor scale.
#3
Quote by deathbyawesome
I learned Off the Record by My Morning Jacket today ( http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/my_morning_jacket/off_the_record_tab.htm ), and for ****s and giggles, I decided to figure out the song's key. The verse and chorus were easy, and i figured out the song was in the key of C#. The only problem was the intro and the outro both had F# minor chords, which obviously arn't in the key of C#, but it sounds fine, can anyone tell me why this is?


First of all, great song. My Morning Jacket is one of my favorite bands.

I'm in complete agreement with Eirien. Without giving it much thought that is what makes the most sense. Songs in a certain key aren't completely restricted to the notes in that key, which is why many classical pieces have accidentals that don't apply to the key. Sometimes out of key notes and chords work.