Originally Posted by Da Bassics
thanks im gonna try this. so is he modulating? and how did so many people get Ab or f minor from this? one person even a minor which i dont see at all
One method that some use to determine a key is to find the key signature that can represent the music
with the fewest accidentals. If a song contained no sharps or flats, The "best fit" key would be C or Am.
While this works for probably most songs, it can't always be relied on.
The main bass notes for the two main parts are Bb G C F and Db G C Ab. These are all natural to the
key of Ab and it's relative minor key, Fm. If the chord notes are also all mainly natural to this key, then
the Ab or Fm could have been based on that.
I usually have little trouble identifying a key. Most every song has some chord that acts as "home" or "rest".
This chord will be the tonic or key. The other chords in the song have some type of tension, more or less
and they usually will resolve back to the tonic. There are different indications that the the chord progression
has "returned home". Could be something in the rhythm, or the singing phrasing, etc. Hard to describe, it's
like you just know it when you hear it.
But the chords in this song are very unusal sounding and hard to hear. So far, I am only be able to "hear" the
Cm as the tonic. I have to listen some more.
The Cm, Fm, and Bbm, as tonics, have one thing that somewhat supports them. They are preceded by a
V chord, which is one of the most common ways to return to the key chord. There is no prominant V chord
for the Ab.
There is one thing to watch out for though. It is possible to hear a song in more than key. If one is not familiar
with a particular style, one might simply hear it wrong or not as intended.
A good example is "Sweet Home Alabama":
Are the chords:
Only one is correct (in other words as intended), but it is possible to "hear" it either way.