identifying the key

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by azeng808, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. azeng808


    Dec 12, 2004
    how do you guys find the key of a song by listening and/or by the notes you play
  2. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Banned

    Nov 5, 2004
    A good mix of both.
    This may sounds obvious but most of the time, the root you play the most in a tune or the one you come back the most often is usually the key of the tune. I know there can be exceptions to this rule but most of the time it's gonna work.

  3. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    get the sound of the V chord in your head. The V will usually resolve to the I. That's what I rely on the most.
  4. RiddimKing


    Dec 29, 2004
    98.9% of the time, the note the song ENDS on will indicate the key it's in.
  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Not Technique related. Off to General Instruction.
  6. Jeb


    Jul 22, 2001
    In an unfamiliar piece without a sheet, the "tonal center" of a progression is my best indicator. By experimenting with different notes in the progression, I'll get a feel for which modes work and which ones don't. Once the modes lock with the tune, I know I'm there, gain a bit of confidence and can go with it some.