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04-24-2002, 03:07 AM
Ok, again, here we go.
Nobody even began to answer this question the last time, im not being bitchy but its answers i want!!
How can you evaluate the chords being used as a key, so you can then work out what key to play an improvised solo in?
04-24-2002, 09:40 AM
one easy way is to count the sharps or flats that are repetitive in the chords. if there are 2 #s yer in D. one flat is F. ya know the circles of sharps n flats ? sometimes the chords kindo step outside o the normal theory structure so ya can , if ya see 2 major chords a step apart, hope to assume that the higher one is the fifth of the key ( if ya see a C and a D assume its in G )i always try to see it as in the key with the fewest incidentals.
ya know ? them notes that ya only strike in passing on occasion but are not 'in' the key ?:)
04-24-2002, 01:58 PM
You can do that, or you can just look at the notes of whatever particular chords are being played and figure out which scale would contain those notes.
Example - if you're playing the progression G, C, Dm, you'd play in G mixolydian (C major), because the Dm has an F note. If you were playing G, C, D, you'd play in G major because the D major chord has an F#.
04-25-2002, 03:21 AM
Ok, this is good, nice advice, I'll learn about the circle of flats and sharps
Last sat i was jamming with apal and he noticed i was soloing in the correct key, he said "wow that fits" too right!! i just played on the C Major pattern, well cool.
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