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Gimme Three Steps - Can someone explain the key?

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by funnyfingers, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. funnyfingers


    Nov 27, 2005
    I have been learning Gimme Three Steps from http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/l/lynyrd_skynyrd/gimme_three_steps_ver4_btab.htm

    Seems very accurate. Even tried changing some parts to fit into what I think is the key of the song, but sounds great as written (though I transposed a few of the parts so just about everything is played fretted and in one position.

    Anyway, what is the key of this? It looks like a D Major, but some things change this. I think one of the things that goes out of the key is because the guitar does some string bends. But there is another part that does 1 pattern moving up and then a slightly different pattern moving back.
  2. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Without looking at the tab, it's in D. When they go to what would properly be an Em in the key of D the chord is actually an E or E7. They probably also use 7th (which is the major 7th one half step down, or flattened) chords in lieu of major chords throughout which is common in blues progressions. Makes them sound bluesy.

    Also, the bass line (and lead guitar) probably uses transition notes between chords that are not in the scale. This is also common.
  3. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    I think of it as a D-A-E modified type blues pattern.

    It doesn't quite follow the twelve bar blues pattern but it is fairly close. I guess overall you'd call it a D-Major. The one E-Lick reminds me of the daytripper riff except an octave lower.
  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    It's in D.

    As recorded it's a pretty busy bass line with some nice fills that nonetheless are pretty easy to play. And if you want to really cop the vibe use a pick.
  5. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Actually, now that I think on it, is it a IV I V, or is it a I V II??
  6. BassKraz


    Jan 26, 2013
    Original published key is D Major
  7. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    +1 play it out on occasion. By the way, the tabs are usually way off on this one. Plus several others. Ha :)