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09-12-2002, 11:11 PM
A pretty simple question really, how do I work out what key and what scale a song is using? Is it basically the chord that song seems to resolve to or is it a little more complicated than that?

09-13-2002, 06:58 PM
Hi Gareth,

Well, as a general rule ya might look at the first chord of a tune (if it's a Rock / Pop song). Most of the time this is the key you are in. Of course this is a generalisation but most of the time this will work ..........

You can go further and look at all the chords to see which overall key they fit.

Say, C Am F G = I VIm IV V in the key of C.


11-21-2002, 11:42 PM
take all the notes in the song. arrange them in order. when it comes to sharps and flats, name them so that no chord letter is repeated (if you have C and C# for example, call it C and Db) you have 7 notes. if you got more, the song either has modal interchange or a key change.

if you have 7 notes, then you can determine the key:
no sharps or flats: C major/A minor
1 sharp : G major/ E minor
2 sharps: D major/ B minor
3 Sharps: A major / F# minor
4 sharps E major / C# minor
5 sharps: B Major /G# minor
6 sharps/6 flats: F#/Gb Major / D#/Eb Minor
1 flat: F major / D minor
2 flats: Bb Major / G minor
3 flats: Eb major / C minor
4 flats: Ab Major /F Minor
5 flats: Db Major/ Bb minor

11-29-2002, 05:27 AM
also look at the last chord or note in the peice that can give you a good idea sometimes also especially if the first is the same as the last there's good chance then too.