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Keys of Car Horns

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BigWig Will, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. Question:

    Is there a standard key in which car horns honk? And if there is, what is it?

    I was coming home from a college visit with my mom earlier today, we were driving down the highway and suddenly I heard this sound that sounded like the opening chords to a song. It turned out to just be a car honking twice at someone, but it gave me an idea for a cool intro to a song. I don't know what kind of car it was, I didn't see it, and I suppose it's a bit of a long shot to try and figure out which key the honking was in...but might as well try.
  2. I dont think there is a standard key..
    no way..
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    A car horn honked by me and it was a B I know it for sure...it was one of those little electric golf carts, so it might not be standard.

    I would assume if there is a standard it is G or A.
  4. I had a feeling it was G.
  5. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I wouldn't call it a key, but my truck's horn is an A note.
  6. Nails


    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    I've heard somewhere that car horns and the that little ding when you walk into some stores is in the key of F. Don't know if it's true, just relaying info.
  7. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    According to Trivial Pursuit, the most common car horn key is F...
  8. If you're in G and the gorgeous girl in the other car is in D, do you get married because you're fifths? :confused:

    Mike :p :D
  9. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Well, the key of C would not be a bad guess.

    Ringtones on your phone are usually in the key of C

    video game music is often in C

    Lots of music you hear everyday is in the key of C because for some reason, the human ear is comfortable with it...

    They did some science experiment where they just had people off the street sing, and the majority of them sang in the key of C...

    So ya... maybe C... maybe not...
  10. The old Cadillac triple tone horns sound neato.

    They play three notes at once.:D
  11. Oh, BTW, no - there isn't a standard key or standard note for car horns.....

    If you've ever experienced a traffic jam where drivers seem to think that noise will somehow solve the problem...:meh::rolleyes:

    It is a horrid compilation of ill-orchestrated dissonance. Blek!!!:spit:
  12. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    AC Delco offers horns in A and D.

    As far as the import sounding horns, that would be the "trainwreck" key.:D
  13. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Hopefully she's the one in G..........

    .........a G string, that is............. :D
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    A big reason why C is so popular is because, having no sharps or flats, on a piano it is the easiest key to play.(that and A minor of course)
  15. actually if any of you took physics you would know that the speed of the car passing you or you passing the car would change the pitch of their car horn relavant to you. I got a C in physics. Too busy playing bass:spit:
  16. that'll be the Doppler effect.

    what's the key of the car horns on "runnin' with the devil"?:D
  17. yeah doppler effect. I bet you got an A.
  18. A in GCSE Physics,
    B in A-level Physics (too busy playing bass:D )
  19. iplaybass


    Feb 13, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Most car horns use two tones, I believe.
  20. The fitzall horn in my dads race car sounds like it is in H flat.

    But anyway, I have found to improve the intonation in car horns you can use one of three things. Duct tape, a DC rated dimmer switch and the ever popular hammer.

    Or if you want a multiple tones with only one horn, buy an old Bronco II with the horn button on the blinker switch, just make the button stick and let it run until it gets real hot, then the tone changes as the motor revs up and down. Of course by this time the horn won't turn off and you have to pull over and unplug it. But don't fret in a case of road rage all you have to do to honk at someone is pull over and plug it in.

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