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What means ´the key of the song´?
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:39:11 pm »
I´m still a novice in the part of music theory and arrangement in the production ??? and I want to know what it means (an example would be good)  ;D
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Re: What means ´the key of the song´?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 10:55:40 pm »
The key of a song is a reference to the notes and chords that are in it. For example, a song in C Major will primarily use the notes C D E F G A & B, and mainly use the chords C Major, D minor, E minor, F Major, G Major, A minor, and B Diminished. Of course, they don't have to only use those notes, but they're the most common ones seen.

If you don't know what major, minor, and diminished means, don't worry! There are plenty of resources available. I'd suggest starting with a free guide like this one, and if you still feel like you want more knowledge consider enrolling in a theory class at your local community college!

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Re: What means ´the key of the song´?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2016, 11:44:38 pm »
The key also tells you the "home" chord of a song. A song in C major will feel resolved, or "complete", on a C major chord.

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Re: What means ´the key of the song´?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 03:28:53 am »
What these two sexy stud muffins just said. ^^^
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Re: What means ´the key of the song´?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 05:23:10 am »
Study the scales of the notes, then move to chords. then move to chord progression.

After what those two (and third) stud muffins said about the relative nature of the centered note, things might make much more sense when you apply it in smaller then larger contexts.

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Re: What means ´the key of the song´?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 07:00:05 am »
...yeah, exactly. Or more simplified: It's a bunch of notes that sound good together. Easiest of them is C Major (white keys). The others are (again, really simplified) essentially the same intervals (when relying on relative minor scales), but shifted around the kayboard, so some white keys get substituted by black keys.

Point of scales is, that if you manage to make song from chords, that are made from notes, that are in particular scale, it will have really high chance of nothing sounding dissonant. ...which is a good thing at times, bad at another. Depends on your taste.
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