#1
Randomly came up with a little passage today that I quite liked...


-------------5-----------------|-----------|-------------7-----------------|
-------6--5-----6--5-----------|-----------|-------8--7-----8--7-----------|
--7-------------------7~-------|-----------|--9-------------------9~-------|
-------------------------------|-----------|-------------------------------|
-------------------------------|-----------|-------------------------------|
-------------------------------|-----------|-------------------------------|


-----------|-------------3-----------------|-----------|
-----------|-------4--3-----4--3-----------|-----------|
-----------|--5-------------------5~-------|-----------|
-----------|-------------------------------|-----------|
-----------|-------------------------------|-----------|
-----------|-------------------------------|-----------|

But, I've never actually written anything before and have only just started reading on theory. How can I make this musically 'good'? Is it actually all in one key, if not, how can I make it so? And what would be some good chords to play underneath?

I could start with just the first bar, work out what key it's in, and then repeat it once a few steps higher, but in the right key, and then again but a few steps lower. I'd prefer doing this, because it's less restrictive than trying to build around those 3 bars (well, 6)

Basically, I have no idea what key it's in. How do i work it out, and what're good chords to play beneath it?
#2
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I came up with something quite similar when I was messing around the Harmonic Minor yesterday, I just kept it clean and let it ring.

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#3
looks like its in Dm, that'd be the chord for the first bar anyway. the Em...the Cm...which is out of key..
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#4
D minor is really the saddest of all keys...
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#5
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#6
it kinda reminds me of a papparoach song , i dont like pr, ha i mean its cool, but i just dont like PR thought id throw it out there
#8
Quote by rustymoore91
looks like its in Dm, that'd be the chord for the first bar anyway. the Em...the Cm...which is out of key..

What key could it be in? If I went Dm to Em, where could I go after that and still keep the melody?

I can assure you it's not Papa Roach inspired
#9
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What key could it be in? If I went Dm to Em, where could I go after that and still keep the melody?

I can assure you it's not Papa Roach inspired

Yeah, it's a simple 3 string arpeggio change with Dm, Em, and Cm. If it sounds good, keep it.

You COULD say that this is in C major. Dm and Em are in C major. The C minor arpeggiation could be said to be modal interchange from the parallel key of C minor.
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