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Anyone else not a fan of certain scale/key use?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by zeppfan90, Apr 7, 2014.


  1. zeppfan90

    zeppfan90

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    For instance, I'm not much of a fan of playing in major keys or playing out of the major scale. I can and will. But I love anything minor. I love playing out of the natural minor scale, dorian, and minor pentatonic. Probably because they sound groovier.
     
  2. rubendlr

    rubendlr Supporting Member

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    So if the song is in G, do you blur the tonality by playing E minor all over it or what? While the minor opens up a lot more harmonic possibilities than the major, I try not to step on the harmony. A little bit is cool, but I let the rhythm guitarist define the chords. Now, I am not saying I won't get fancy with implying inversions with what I'm playing, but again I'm not trying to completely rehamonize from the bass.
     
  3. seang15

    seang15 Supporting Member

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    As prior post alluded to: They're all related, aren't they? Your A-minor is actually C-Major. Your G Dorian is F-Major, right?

    I know this is extremely elementary, I know lots will chime in soon, and likely fast and furiously. But, they're all just different shades of the same color. :bassist:
     
  4. Milk

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    I don't know but knowing no theory I set out to find out in what keys the songs I wrote were in a few weeks back (had to look it up online) because I started at some point realizing I was often using the same set of notes or chords and I realized that the vast majority of my songs (well like 3/4) are in D (like the one in my sig).... Which is as it turns out only the 5th most used key in popular music, being used in about 8% of popular songs. At least according to this thing I found online ( http://www.hooktheory.com/blog/i-an...ular-songs-for-patterns-this-is-what-i-found/ ). I guess there's something about it I respond to... all I know is from now on i'm gonna be consciously avoiding it for a while.
     
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  6. PimasterPearson

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    I play in an all-originals pop/rock band, and I love that our songs are pretty much split 50/50 between major and minor. So many classic soul and funk tunes have that major 3rd going on, I don't know why anyone would want to avoid it, but to each his own.

    My band's frontman actually writes a lot of songs in Bb and Gb, which is weird because he's a guitarist and doesn't play any orchestral instruments. It's all kind of the same to me as the bass player, but I like that we're not restricting ourselves to G, C, E, A and D. (Although we have songs in all of those keys).

    I guess to answer the question, there's no particular key or scale I dislike, but I really prefer songs with some real harmonic movement that don't just rely on the same 4 chords as every other pop song. My frontman likes hitting unexpected chords, and I love the possibilities that opens up for me. Variety is the spice of life, etc.
     
  7. Jim Campbell

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    i'm not a fan of keys that restrict the use of those low notes on the e string....since i don't own a 5....
     
  8. bachlover

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    I find I have to be more creative in a major key, more melodic and less feel maybe. Coming up with a riff to jam to is much easier for me in a minor key. Having said that, I spend the bulk of my time practicing or playing in major keys.
     
  9. thefruitfarmer

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    I thought that the key of C was just the easiest for most people to sing in and that the key of D was used a lot in Irish music because the tin whistle plays in the key of D.

    I find it difficult to sing many songs written in G but Eb usually feels comfortable....
     

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