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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by azeng808, Aug 28, 2005.
how do you guys find the key of a song by listening and/or by the notes you play
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.
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.
98.9% of the time, the note the song ENDS on will indicate the key it's in.
Not Technique related. Off to General Instruction.
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.